Tong’s Tiki Hut, 100 E. Roosevelt Road, Villa Park
Tong’s Tiki Hut in Villa Park has one of the most breath-taking atmospheres you will find in a fast food Asian restaurant. They are a Polynesian and American-Chinese restaurant with décor that follows the architecture and indigenous artwork of Polynesia. Straw huts, tiki statuary, and other beach-like ornaments are strewn about the quiet, dimly lit dining area. Island music gently plays in the background as the waitress brings you a pot of hot tea. Very few people in this country know anything about Polynesian food or that a country by that name even exists – which is why Tong’s only has a small sampling of the food while most dishes are American-Chinese. In fact, the Polynesian dishes featured on their menu aren’t even the same foods eaten over there.
Bo-Bo Platter at Tong’s Tiki Hut
Most Polynesians eat Szechuan and Hunan style Chinese food, French specialties, or just plain old fish and chips. Tong’s offers the most basic Polynesian dishes because they are a first in the cuisine for the suburbs, so they have to lightly introduce people to it. They have lichee duck, orange blossom chicken, pineapple chicken, lemon chicken, and Polynesian beef. Everything else on the menu is available at any Chinese take-out place. If you want to try a sampling of all the Polynesian foods, order the Bo-Bo Platter. The food in general is nothing special, but it’s something new and worth a try. The unusual atmosphere makes it worthwhile.
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