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The measure of a good Thai restaurant is not necessarily from their Pad Thai… but for some reason it’s the first thing I order when trying a place out. And, when I say “That Thai restaurant is great” it’s usually because I liked their Pad Thai. It’s sort of silly, but it’s something people do all the time. You recommend a place, based on what you like (and always order)- not necessarily taking into account what the person you’re telling, likes to order.
For some it’s the curries, or spring rolls, for me, it’s usually the Pad Thai. Don’t get me wrong, I like a good green curry or Pad Si Ew, just as much as the next guy. But Pad Thai is what I start with. The go to guy. If you can’t do Pad Thai… I’m probably not going back.
When I started this blog, I got a lot of comments urging me to go to Yum Thai, and I have to say I was not disappointed. A small, hole in the wall place- it’s the kind of place you walk by 100 times, not sure if you want to try it out. It looks sort of dirty from the outside, and they’ve got pictures of food in the window (never a good sign). All you need is that one recommendation to get you to try it out. Well, consider this your recommendation.
You order at a counter, and then can sit down at one of their 10 or so tables or you can take it to go. They cook the food right behind the counter, just a few feet from the tables, so it can get kind of hot in there- especially during the summer. So, taking the food to go might be the way to do it.
The +/- and a picture of my Pad Thai, after the jump… Read the rest of this entry »