When you’re a fan of dim sum, lo mien and chow fun, you’re a fan of Chinese food. We prefer ours as authentic as possible. Our list of the best Chinese food in Tampa includes Liang’s Bistro, Yummy House and Kwan Ming.
Liang’s China Bistro
17515 Bruce B Downs Blvd
Tampa, FL 33647
You’ve got to love that Liang’s not only makes some of the best Chinese food in town but has a drive-through window for your convenience. Even though it boasts the drive-through, it’s still a fairly comfortable, somewhat upscale place, in terms of decor and ambience. The food is delicious. It’s no surprise the appetizers are particularly popular when they serve chicken sung (Liang’s chicken lettuce wrap), salt & pepper calamari and coconut prawns.
Kwan Ming Restraurant
1906 N. Himes Ave.
Tampa, FL 33607
This husband and wife-owned, tiny restaurant is tucked in a strip mall and offers superior Chinese fare. They serve up authentic Cantonese and Hong Kong-style dishes, and take pride in using the freshest ingredients. There are only 3 small tables, so chances are excellent you’ll be getting their food to go. Their specials menu is constantly changing. That said, if there’s something you want that isn’t on the menu, ask – chances are good the owners will whip it up for you (if they’ve got the ingredients). If you’re a Chinese food purist, you’ll be pleased, even if you wind up eating it at home.
2202 West Waters
Tampa, FL 33604
Don’t expect much by way of decor and ambiance, but you can expect a lot by way of the food. The portions are large (family style), hot and come with the right amount of spice. Their salt & pepper preparations of calamari, chicken and tofu are recommended, as is the savory Peking duck. It’s BYOB, and has become quite popular on the weekends, so you may have to wait.