Second Helpings: Thai One On
Everything you could possibly want to know about Austin's Thai restaurants.
The weekly Chronicle feature "Second Helpings" offers readers the opportunity to sample tasty, bite-sized restaurant listings compiled from new and previous reviews, guides, and poll results. This week's entries were compiled and updated by Chronicle Cuisines editor Virginia B. Wood from their original publication date of June 26, 1999. When you need quick, reliable information about Austin eateries, check here.
Little Thailand4315 Caldwell Lane in Garfield, 247-3855
Mon-Sat, 11am-2pm, 6-9pm
Little Thailand is a cozy family joint located east of the new airport where owners Dick Simcoe and his Thai wife, Surin, offer spectacular authentic Thai food in a funky, relaxed setting. Enjoy Dick's killer Thai Bloody Marys in the comfortable attached lounge while you anticipate the cooked-to-order specialties such as Surin's superlative rendition of the Thai national dish, pad Thai.
Thai Passion620 Congress, 472-1244
Mon-Thu, 11am-2:30pm, 5-10pm; Fri, 11am-2:30pm, 5-10:30pm; Sat-Sun, 5-10pm
A sunlit atrium setting complemented by fresh flowers contributes to the lovely ambience of Thai Passion, creating just the right atmosphere in which to enjoy their light, fresh rendering of the cuisine of Northeastern Thailand. Thai Passion's convenient downtown location and classy atmosphere make it a good option for a moderately priced special occasion.
Classic Thai200 Buttercup Creek, #128 in Cedar Park, 331-3810
Mon, 11am-2:30pm; Tue-Fri, 11am-2:30pm, 5-10pm; Sat-Sun, noon-9pm
The Classic Thai folks are down to one location, the popular suburban outpost in Cedar Park. The exceptionally fresh and delicious affordable lunch buffet is still available. Meat eaters, fish lovers, and vegetarians alike will marvel at the array of satisfying menu choices here.
Thai Village6406 N. I-35, #1550, 452-3888
Mon-Thu, 11am-2:30pm, 5-10pm; Fri, 11am-2:30pm & 5-11pm; Sat, 11am-11pm
The detailed Thai Village menu features many of the same traditional dishes as other local Thai restaurants, but the cloth-covered tables and very artful food presentation create a sophisticated atmosphere in which to enjoy a classy but still affordable meal. And the service is excellent.
Thai Noodles, Etc., House2602 Guadalupe, 494-1011
This cozy campus area joint is Satay's younger sibling, and it's a popular spot with the financially challenged college crowd looking for a healthy, filling meal on a student budget. The fare here is a good selection of Thai street foods including Thai noodle soups, dry noodle bowls, and stir-fry noodles. Unique Asian breakfast items are available on weekends from 11am-3pm.
Thai KitchenSouth: 801 E. William Cannon, 445-4844
Mon-Fri, 11:30am-2:30pm, 5-9:30pm
West Lake: 3437 Bee Caves Rd., 328-3538
Mon-Sat, 11:30am-2:30pm, 5-9:30pm
Central: 3009 Guadalupe, 474-2575
Daily, 11:30am-2:30pm & 5-9:45pm
Thai Kitchen regulars tell us that the food quality tends to vary depending on where founding chef/owner Toy happens to be cooking at the
moment, but this family of restaurants remains a perennial favorite among Thai food lovers. We prefer the suburban locations for dinner and find the newer campus-area outlet a great spot for healthy, inexpensive lunches.
Thai Garden5517 Manchaca, 326-5205
Mon-Thu, 11am-9pm; Fri-Sat, 11am-9:30pm; Sun, noon-9pm
Though the menu here is not particularly large or detailed, it does cover most of the traditional Thai dishes at very affordable prices. There's no
liquor license, but you can BYOB and the take-out trade is also brisk in this far-southwest suburban location.
Bangkok Cuisine9041 Research, 832-9722
Mon-Fri, 11am-2:30pm, 5-10pm; Sat-Sun, 5-10:30pm
Opened in 1986, Bangkok Cuisine is one of Austin's oldest Thai restaurants and boasts a longtime clientele loyal to its array of stellar vegetarian dishes. Available with or without meat, Bangkok's pad Thai is one of the most memorable versions of the traditional Thai dish to be found in Austin.
Thai Spice Restaurant701 S. Capital of Texas Hwy., 330-0203
Sun-Thu, 11am-9pm; Fri- Sat, 11am-10pm
Thai Spice Buffet & Restaurant2501 Parmer Lane, 821-1522
Mon-Sat, 11am-2:30pm, 5-9pm
This pleasant family of restaurants is owned and operated by women chefs Vicki Vicha and Orasinee Ratana-Apron. Both eateries have the same basic menus, offering fresh, fast, reliable versions of traditional Thai dishes. The buffet at the north location is popular with the neighborhood's business techies while West Lake families are fond of the southwest suburban outlet.
Lemongrass Asian Bistro1310 RR 620 S., 263-2221
Mon-Thu, 11am-2:30pm, 5-9pm; Sat-Sun, 11am-2:30pm, 5-10pm
This sassy young spot has been generating lots of buzz in the lake-area community and in town, as well. Thailand-born chef Ped Phommavong considers himself a pan-Asian chef, taking the best dishes from various Southeast Asian cuisines and making them his own. His renditions of classic Thai dishes are first-rate, and he's a man who loves a challenge. If there's an Asian dish you're craving, give him 24 hours notice and he'll whip it right up.
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