Finally got to Tam's and got a couple dishes to go. After reading the earlier posts and seeing the empty parking lot myself, I wasn't sure what to expect but I was hooked on the first bite. Now I'm sorry I waited so long to try them out!
Tam's features a huge selection of dishes which range from economy lunch and super special plates ($5.45-$6.55) plus a variety of combination plates in the $7 range that include the entree, fried rice and egg roll. They have the usual list of appetizers, soups, egg foo young, subgum, chop suey, stir fried vegetables and fried rice, plus a fish fry and chicken wings in a hot braised sauce.
If that wasn't enough, there are Cantonese dinners in the $9 - $11 range (most are under $10) including chicken, duck, beef, shrimp and tofu.
I ordered from the Cantonese menu, choosing the Butterfly Shrimp ($10.95) and Beef with Mushroom ($9.45), plus an order of Crab Rangoon ($3.95 for 6 pcs).
The shrimp dish was truly amazing and something I haven't seen on area menus. The generous portion of shrimp was wrapped in bacon, dipped in egg and served on a bed of sauteed sweet onions and served with a sweet sour sauce. I didn't bother with the rice and just ate the shrimp and bacon on it's own, with a generous helping of onions and sauce. The sauce was homemade and just perfect for the dish. A couple orders of the Butterfly Shrimp would go over great at a party, just make sure you include plates, forks and napkins.
The Beef with Mushroom was another hit featuring nice chunks of beef tenderloin and sliced mushrooms in a savory black sauce. It was truly superb.
The Crab Rangoon on the other hand was disappointing. The wonton triangles were small and thin, with just a tiny amount of cream cheese and crab.
Tam's has been run by the current owners for 9 years. The very pleasant Lee operates the front of house and her husband does the cooking. Lee told me they do a lot of carryout business, especially to some of the local businesses. She said the parking lot seems empty because the carry out customers come and go so quickly. Tam's does offer delivery but when I first put my order in, Lee wasn't sure how to get to my house (which is very close), so I just went and picked up. So unless you're next door, I wouldn't count on delivery.
They have a website tamschopsuey.com
and some good reviews including a very long and dedicated blog post
So, two paws up for Tam's and I'll be heading back as soon as I finish all the leftovers!