This is a great article! Gary Mormino does a great job of illustrating the politics and the pressures of everyday living for immigrant Americans that created such a vibrant Tampa during Prohibition.
I will be honest, I've been keeping this place a secrect. So very happy for the Browns. They are a wonderful couple dedicated to proving truly delicious organic Thai. We eat ther most every week. Ok, I am ready for the long lines. Just the best!
Best Thai food I have tasted, very accurate review, check this place out!
Unfortunately, Ha Long Bay is just plain inconsistent and has been for years. Great one time and two weeks later, inedible. Just after this review the dim sum was superb but not so much this week. Stale buns, dried out chewy dumplings, sticky rice with almost nothing inside, tasteless everything including the tea (ordered Jasmine Tea as usual but got some bitter odd tasting substitute). Dinner is no better -- some evenings it is truly good and others it is like no one who knows how to cook is working in the kitchen. And if you order take-out there is no telling what it will be when you open the boxes at home. It's not like these people don't speak or understand English well; they do. We even order by number and it is still a surprise.
The older wait staff are very nice at the restaurant but the younger ones seem to hang around the lobster tank area and not only ignore the customers but do not assist the older servers. The dining room hostess / cashier is not up to the job. The operation is much more on target when the male owner is present. So for now, we are giving up on Ha Long Bay and hoping some other entrepreneur will open a dim sum restaurant in St. Pete because going to Tampa to Yummy House is just too far and T C Choy's won't take the CL Deal coupon for dim sum which just ticks me off so we avoid it altogether.
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