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Dim Sum in Tampa?

lizamay Oct 28, 2010 10:22 PM

Hello Fellow Foodies!

Bunch of us from all over the country will be descending on Tampa for fa four-day dance competition (we are all competitors) and a small crowd of us have been drooling for Dim Sum for the past six months. I know Tampa is not the best city in the country to find dim sum, but we're hoping we might get lucky.

Do any of you Floridians know of a good place? We'll be at the Tradewinds Island Grand, St. Pete Beach, in two weeks.

Anyone know where we can get Dim Sum? I will be eternally indebted!


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    Bergerman Oct 30, 2010 07:28 AM

    I love China Yuan, but for dim sum I prefer TC Choy's, especially on Sundays. The carts add to the experience, there are lots of choices and everything tastes fresh. It's more expensive than CY but worth it, imho, and a lot closer to SPB than CY....

    China Yuan
    8502 N Armenia Ave Ste 1A, Tampa, FL 33604

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    1. re: Bergerman
      Evrett Jun 14, 2011 07:26 AM

      I was really disappointed by China Yuan..both were dumps and Yummy House didnt serve Dim Sum. Halong Bay or North Sea are the best Dim Sum in the Tampa area...they are both in Pinellas Park.

      Halong Bay
      Pinellas Park, FL, Pinellas Park, FL

      Yummy House
      2202 W Waters Ave Ste 1A, Tampa, FL 33604

      1. re: Evrett
        rhnault Jun 14, 2011 07:51 AM

        Then you should probably stick to Pinellas Park

        1. re: Evrett
          Miss E Jun 14, 2011 08:01 AM

          Agreed! Btw, Yummy House had a cryptic sign up this past weekend that promised Dim Sum coming soon, but it didn't say where; it also promised The Country Pumpkin Restaurant...???

          Yummy House
          2202 W Waters Ave Ste 1A, Tampa, FL 33604

          1. re: Miss E
            gemuse Jun 14, 2011 09:49 AM

            I saw the sign too. Yummy House are going to open a new, second location soon, and it sounds like there will be more emphasis on dim sum. I didn't write down the new address, but I want to say it was 2300-something East Hillsborough. I think the waiter said the new opening would be very soon, within the next month.

            Yummy House
            2202 W Waters Ave Ste 1A, Tampa, FL 33604

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        Manderley Oct 29, 2010 10:07 PM

        CHINA YUAN. okay i've got a craving now. ooooooohhhhh. i need me some of that dim sum.

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        1. re: Manderley
          Mild Bill Oct 29, 2010 10:19 PM

          Yeah me too!
          I was whipped up into a frenzy looking at all these pics...

          1. re: Manderley
            rhnault Oct 30, 2010 06:08 AM

            Their pan fried dumplings are soooooo good. Lots of fresh ginger and a hint of sesame all mixed with the pork.

            1. re: Manderley
              proboscidian Oct 31, 2010 06:49 AM

              Maybe I should head out there now...

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              proboscidian Oct 29, 2010 06:38 PM

              Mmmm! Stuffed tofu at China Yuan! Crisp on the outside, silky smooth on the inside, delicious shrimp paste stuffing.

              It's closer to St Pete Beach, but Halong Bay is mediocre. I can't think of any really good Dim Sum in Pinellas County.

              China Yuan
              8502 N Armenia Ave Ste 1A, Tampa, FL 33604

              Halong Bay
              5944 34th St N Ste 40, Saint Petersburg, FL 33714

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              1. re: proboscidian
                Mild Bill Oct 29, 2010 07:05 PM

                The Stuffed Bean Curd Sheet at China Yuan.... Gorgeous!
                Juicy, with a delicious delicate sauce... Chopped shrimp and vegetables inside...

                The Beef Tripe Dim Sum in a peppery, gingery broth...
                This particular type of tripe is chewy, but very clean in flavor...
                I prefer the 'honeycomb' tripe, that softens after it's cooked a while, but I like this too...


                1. re: Mild Bill
                  askdrtodd Oct 29, 2010 09:50 PM


              2. askdrtodd Oct 29, 2010 05:46 AM

                I've always had a good experience doing Sunday dim sum brunch at TC Choy, they have a lot of options and 80+% of them are good to great. I also enjoyed dim sum at Chopstix up by USF. Both CY and YH are great spots, if you want a more formal table service restaurant with the carts I've yet to be disappointed at TC Choy (although the service isn't always the best)

                1441 E Fletcher Ave, Tampa, FL

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                1. re: askdrtodd
                  deet13 Oct 29, 2010 04:30 PM

                  Yeah, there isn't a dim sum cart at CY. That said, the choices on the dim sum menu were all pretty good. I loved all of their steamed dumplings, and the chicken feet were good too.

                  You know, I forgot all about TC Choy's dim sum brunch on Sundays. The last time I went to was with a couple of friends from out of town. I remember the food and selection was pretty good; but, the restaurant was really hopping, so it took a while to get our small party situated.

                  Come to think of it, the Peking duck and the steamed eel at CY were also really good. Hmm, I guess I'll be going back to CY pretty soon...

                  1. re: deet13
                    rhnault Oct 29, 2010 06:45 PM

                    and the pineapple buns... yum

                2. rhnault Oct 29, 2010 05:28 AM

                  China Yuan has wonderful dim sum but they do not use the cart. They have a menu with pictures and give you a paper. Some things are ready like the shrimp dumplings and sticky rice but most are prepared to order. I love their pan fried dumplings, chive dumplings, shrimp dumplings, char sui, fish balls, shrimp balls, etc...
                  Yummy House also has excellent Chinese but IMO China Yuan beats them hands down on dim sum.
                  If you are looking to drive up from the Trade Winds you would have about a 45-60 min drive. Most of the drive would be interstate though.
                  ABC Seafood on the Pinellas side also has very good Chinese food but I do not think they are open that early on the weekends. CY and YH are both open by 11.

                  China Yuan
                  8502 N Armenia Ave Ste 1A, Tampa, FL 33604

                  ABC Seafood Restaurant
                  2705 54th Ave N Ste 3, Saint Petersburg, FL 33714

                  Yummy House
                  2202 W Waters Ave Ste 1A, Tampa, FL 33604

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                  1. re: rhnault
                    proboscidian Oct 31, 2010 06:53 AM

                    ABC is great, but I don't think they have dim sum.

                  2. deet13 Oct 28, 2010 10:33 PM

                    China Yuan is good, provided you don't mind driving a few miles into Tampa from the Tradewinds resort.

                    Just be prepared to make a reservation on the weekend.

                    Of course Yummy House, which is just down the road from China Yuan, serves up a pretty good meal also.

                    China Yuan
                    8502 N Armenia Ave Ste 1A, Tampa, FL 33604

                    Yummy House
                    2202 W Waters Ave Ste 1A, Tampa, FL 33604

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