Tong’s Garden Chinese Restaurant
1458 Kennedy Drive
Key West, Florida
Phone: (305) 294-0577
Hours: 11 am to 10 pm - open till 10:30 on Fri & Sat
Price Range: Low - Moderate
Take out and free delivery
In a previous review I started with a note that as far as I was concerned there were no Chinese restaurants in Key West and I opted for Thai Cuisine on Green Street. I stand on that remark. There are so many great places to eat here, but no matter where you live you just want Chinese from time to time. I have visited the 3 here on the island and a visit to the local grocery store for something in a can would do just as well. My home is closest to Tong’s Garden on Kennedy Avenue and if I absolutely must have Chinese I tend to call them.
Located in a small strip mall among doctor’s offices you can order to take away or have your food delivered. The family that operates the eatery is extremely friendly and the youngest daughter has grown up before our eyes as she greets you, takes your order and takes your money. Service is excellent, speedy and exact whether pick up or delivery.
I have stayed with the basics because I am concerned if I go off the standard track I’ll regret it. I have frankly gotten a bit ill after eating at 2 of the Chinese restaurants on the island and not being a chemist or a public servant with the state I can’t put my hands on exactly why. Just an egg roll, won ton soup and a meat dish with vegetables is all I will attempt to stay on the safe side.
Tong’s has a few tables in the small space it occupies, but they keep it warm inside with the doors open in the tropical climate so it wouldn’t be comfortable to ask if you can eat in. Parking is ample as it is a small mall in the “new town” residential area of Key West just across from the fire station and Key West High School Conchs football stadium. It stays pretty busy both in and out of season, so I would definitely call your order in first if you plan to pick up.
I always feel bad when giving a bad critique of food at an establishment that is operated by such nice people, but I just call it as I taste it and Tong’s is not alone. If you absolutely must have Chinese then go for it. I’m just one person’s opinion. Let me know what YOU think.
Doug Heyman in Key West for the Food Reference website