My restaurant review of Tai Fai in Oak Park, MI was published for The Oakland Press last week. So, I won’t sugar coat it – this place is in a somewhat seedy strip mall only footsteps from my house. Since I moved here five years ago, there’s been at least 7 or 8 fly-by-night iterations of Chinese/Thai/Japanese carryouts in its location.
Just in the last year alone, the place changed from Feng Xeng, a greasy Chinese takeout which sold Almond Chicken “Buy 1, Get 1 Free” (why would you need two orders?) to China Moon, which had a sign out by the road advertising “live lobsters” (yes, just where I want to get my live lobsters from – the strip mall joint next to the tobacco store). China Moon only lasted like three weeks, and then a sign went up advertising “fresh sushi,” and Jeff and I exchanged this text:
If you had told me, back on February 28th, that this place would be getting rave reviews from the neighborhood four months later, I would have told you to shut the front door. If you had told me that I would be eating sushi from Tai Fai, totally loving it, and making it a part of my regular takeout routine, I would have told you to shut the back door, too. So obviously, that’s exactly what happened.
Read my review of Tai Fai for The Oakland Press HERE