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Unusual and pleasing Thai variations, along with very capable favorites such as yum talay

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Don’t Miss

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Eggplant with tofu and basil, and the Massaman curry, as spicy as you dare

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Hours

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11am-9:30pm Mon- Sat

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Prices

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Dinner entrées: $10.95-$13.95

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Superior spring rolls, delicious grilled quail, and oustanding duck hot pot. Call ahead for Vietnamese specialties, including duck, goat, and seafood hot pot. -- Mark Jones (12/08)
Chaba is a Thai treasure in the Southside sea of fast and half-fast foods. Sample the creamy coconut-milk curries, the zingy salads, and the chewy-spicy beef jerky. -- Ron Bechtol (09/08)
Newer of the Thai establishments around the Medical Center area. Offers unique dishes such as the green papaya salad. Enjoy the homemade coconut ice cream for dessert.
Nestled in a quiet office center on a nice stretch of Broadway, Mon Thai is bordered by a lovely courtyard on one side and an attractive tree-lined parking lot on the other.
The authentic Thai cuisine at this small mom-'n'-pop restaurant is both subtle and sophisticated, spicy and soothing. Don't miss the revelatory Pad Thai, outstanding summer rolls, Lucky L. Original, Topaz of Siam curry, and the Where Are You? appetizer. -- Ron Bechtol (10/08)
Psst! Here's an insider tip: If, on an ordinary weeknight, you sit at the right table at Sompong's, your culinary/cultural experience will be much enhanced. What is the right table, you ask? The one where the waitresses, when not otherwise occupied, are folding napkins. I'm not talking about picking up a little kitchen Thai on the sly - although the language does have a certain exotic appeal - rather, it's what they're snacking on while working that is interesting: Dried, almost caramelized-looking fish about the size of a quarter were one example; we didn't ask to taste them. But we did sample some pieces of crunchy green papaya dipped in a mixture of sugar, salt, and ground, dried chiles. Great stuff. And you'll never find it on a menu. - Ron Bechtol
In culinary terms, Thai cuisine, followed closely by Vietnamese, has become the new Chinese; it's not yet as ubiquitous (and given that ubiquity breeds buffets, let's hope it never is), but whenever someone suggests eating Asian these days, it's Thai that is at the top of the list. And like Chinese, not all Thai is created equal. There are standout items at most places - the fish cakes at Sarika's and the papaya salad at Sompong's come to mind immediately - but overall, the menu at Thai Cafe delivers diversity and delight. - Ron Bechtol
Fresh, piquant, and authentic Thai cuisine makes it hard to pick a favorite dish, but we’re currently stuck on Rice of the Drunks and the Chicken Larb.
Ridiculously good, huge dishes at rock-bottom prices. - Laura Fries
One of the oldest Thai restaurants in San Antonio, Thai Kitchen shows it experience in the variety of dishes and types of people it serves. Lunch buffet available everyday except Sunday.
Sam Suwanasung was one of the city's first apostles of Thai cuisine, and he has hung out for so long in a undistinguished strip center off San Pedro that we tend to forget about him. Now, in the equivalent of a culinary midlife crisis, Sam has reinvented himself by pulling up stakes and moving downtown to new digs in the Riverwalk Plaza Hotel across from the Bexar County Courthouse. The move was something of a stealth operation, with the old occupant out and the new one in, all very hush-hush, in the matter of a few days. Such was the stealth, in fact, that few know he is there yet. That is bound to change. The pretty good buffet for $7.99 will draw some for lunch to be sure; the courthouse crowd lost no time in figuring that out. And the special plates are generous to a fault - another plus. But lunch specials are rarely any Asian restaurant's best food forward, and Thai Kitchen doesn't radically alter that equation. - Ron Bechtol
Chef Lek will marvel you with the delicious flavors of Thailand.
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