Finally, Tampa has an honest to goodness dim sum place. TC Choy's just opened on Howard an PLatt a few months ago. I showed up one afternoon and it was filled with Asians. Very few "anglos." Always a good sign. The Asian patrons all shared the same plates, eating off the serving plates.
They have three menus: regular, dim sum and sushi.
Foolishly, we ordered soup, salad and entree before seeing what dim sum they had to offer. They constantly roll the carts around, piled high with delicacies. A variety of dumplings, rolls, and buns are offered. Waiters carry chef's specialties, offering them table to table.
On the dim sum: Prices are good, $2-$3.50 per item. Egg rolls were distinctive and different, almost sweet. Hong Kong Pork was excellent, extremely tender, almost with the consistency of fat, although the meat was very lean. The meat was covered in a honey-based sauce. I almost ate the entire plate myself.
Our Thai Papaya Salad was excellent. Wish I could eat it every day. The Mongolian Beef was the most distinctive I've ever tasted, with a dark, slightly burnt-tasting sauce and the strong flavor of three different kinds of onions.
In addition, the decor is very nice, the building wide open, with the kitchen fully visible. I strongly recommend for lunch, which in our case cost about $40 after tip. Sit with your back to the wall so you can see all the goodies rolling by.