With the arrival of the Casino, the visitors to Tama increased tremendously, so a clever chinese saw an outlet for his talents.
The owner, an ethnic chinese, was born in Vietnam but grew up in HongKong as did his wife. Now they own two restaurants in two very small towns in Iowa... long ways away from their home .. china or vietnam
Favorite Dish: I have become friends with the owner and his wife and ask them what they recommend for the day
The last two dishes I had there and was quite satisfied were
If you are a glutton for punishment , slither over to the casino where at anytime of the day or night, you can stuff yourself with an array of just ordinary food. any gargantuan apetite would be satisfied.
Favorite Dish: Unless invited as a guest of an elder meskwaki indian, I will not go to eat here. There is nothing in the buffet that I would eat with pleasure.
Tama is a dying town and it was actually dead before the Meskwaki casino came into being a mere ten years ago. The main employer in the region is the Casino which employs over 600 white americans.
Apart from the Casino, there is nothing to do in TAMA, no coffeshop, no restaurants of quality and the nearest town of Marshalltown is also bit of a dump. A little civilization and coffee, you need to stop by on Route 30 at Ames which is the home of the State University of Iowa.
Fondest memory: If not for the Meskwakia there is no reason to be in TAMA or for IOWA for that matter. I remember the first time I was invited by the Meskwakia, looking up an atlas to find out where IOWA was.
For a good introduction to the IOWA life, please read BILL BRYSONs article : FAt Girls of Des Moines, a light hearted look at the midwestern lifestyle. His book on travels through the midwest: neither here nor there is very ineresting read.