Tan’s Asian Cafe is tucked in between a garden center and a variety of lawn ornaments. The first time I noticed it I was helping a friend pick up a lawnmower part during my lunch break, and this afternoon I headed over for a quick lunch.
Upon entering Tan’s there are about 10 tables spread out in a small dining room. A flat screen television hangs above the counter and a drink cooler sits next to it on the left. I found a table near the back and was immediately greeted by the waiter. After looking over their lunch menu settled on the Hot & Spicy Chicken (#26). Their lunch specials come with egg fried rice and a choice of soup and I selected the hot and sour one.
As I waited for my meal Tan’s slowly filled up and I was happy I arrived before noon. My soup came out in a small bowl and it was a good balance of hot and sour. Several large pieces of tofu floated around in it along with what I believed to be bean sprouts. It was a good way to start my lunch.
When I finished the soup my plate was cleared away by the attentive cashier/waiter and my entree then appeared. Piled on white plate was a large serving of fried rice topped with an even larger portion of the hot and spicy chicken. There were large chunks of chicken, peppers, onions, baby corn and other vegetables sauteed and blened with a fiery sauce. I had asked for it to be extra spicy and they complied with my request as the sauce has a good amount of heat. I easily could have made two meals out of my lunch but the longer I sat there the amount of food remaining on my plate got smaller until it was gone.
Overall Tan’s offers some of the best Chinese food in Tallahassee at a very reasonable price.
* Note: Some reviews I have read commented that Tan’s sushi is sub-par. However, I cannot verify this since I have stuck to their non-sushi selections.
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