I'm back from a week of vacation at the coast, full of great seafood and an email inbox full of messages. At the top of the TNT Diner e-mail inbox is this request from a reader for a dim sum recommendation:
We love good dim sum and have only been able to find it in Seattle. Are there any restaurants in the Tacoma area serving authentic dim sum?
My favorite place for dim sum is closer than Seattle, but still quite a drive. Imperial Garden at the Great Wall Shopping Mall in Kent (near IKEA) serves dim sum until 5 p.m. I remember taking my son there for a restaurant review when he was a toddler and he marveled at the goldfish shaped dumplings. I marveled at everything else. It's one of those restaurants that treats kids supremely. Moms, make a note of it.
So retreating from King County and back to Pierce County. Where here can you eat great dim sum? Comment and let us know. Readers on this thread from 18 months ago claim there is a dearth of dim sum here. An undiscovered gem out there, anyone? Please share.
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Imperial Garden: 18230 East Valley Highway, Suite 116, Great Wall Shopping, Kent; 425-656-0999
Foodie tip: 99 Ranch Market grocery store is the Great Wall Mall's version of PalDo World. After filling up on dimsum at Imperial Garden, you can meander over to 99 Ranch and shop for all kinds of great grocery supplies.