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For those looking to gorge themselves for under $5.00, this establishment is not for you. For those looking to enjoy authentic Thai food in pleasant surroundings, THAI HOUSE IS OUTSTANDING!
First, the place is owned and operated by Thai people--who were actually born and raised in Thailand. The kitchen is run by Thai people--who also came from Thailand--and not by the usual "I couldn't care less" kids that staff most of Lawrence's eateries. This place couldn't avoid being authentic if it tried.
Second, it is an independent restaurant. I would rather pay more for fresh, good quality food than for food generated in hot tub-sized pots in a corporate commissary somewhere, flash frozen and reheated at the generic local franchise. I gladly pay more for well-made food from a local businesses because I know it costs independents more to make it. I understand and respect that.
Finally, Thai House is a great place to take people. It's located in a gorgeous old building and it really reflects the unique nature of Downtown.
How do I know all of this? I've eaten at Thai House at least once a week since they opened more than a year and half ago. I've come to know the owners and the style of Thai cooking they learned in their native country. It may not taste exactly like what you had when you visited Thailand or had at another Thai restaurant. That's ok. Only McDonalds taste the same the world around.
Admittedly, mine is just an opinion but at least I can say I've visited the place more than just a couple of times.
One final thought...Pad Thai noodles is the Thai equivalent to Chinese Sweet and Sour Chicken. It's what the people who don't really know Thai food order. So treat yourself and try something a little more daring.
January 16, 2005 at 6:35 p.m.
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