Monday, September 22, 2008

Chiang Mai Thai – Minneapolis, MN

We took Gerd’s mom here on the culinary tour of the Twin Cities. It’s one of our favorite places in the area, so we’re totally biased. I’ll just tell you that up front. We met M. Giant, Trash, and Bitter at the restaurant, since we’re not allowed to eat there without them.

When we arrived, the other three had ordered one of every happy hour appetizer on the menu, which ruled because they were like 2 or three dollars each. All of the appetizers were amazing, and we all got to try some of everything (except those of us who are scared of dead things – lame). We ended up with like 13 plates on the table and no room to move until the waitress brought out the entrees.

Gerd got the Pad Thai which is Thailand’s version of spaghetti. It’s hard to go wrong with it. It’s always really good there. Great flavor and generous portion size – enough that I finished my own meal, ate some of hers, and still took some home for later. Gerd’s mom got the Khao Cadeukadeek – it’s beef tenderloin on top of tomato-fried rice. It comes with hoisin sauce and sri racha and is one of the best things on the menu. It’s truly amazing, but people always point to it on the menu when they order it. I usually go into the bathroom and practice saying it a few times. (Imagine walking into the restroom hearing Cadeukadeek chanted from the stall – Hilarious!) I ended up with the Pad Sri Racha. All kinds of vegetable bits with some chicken in a spicy sauce. I hadn’t had it before this trip, but I’m always up for trying new things at this place. I’ve never had a bad meal there.

It also has a great restroom, just in case you were wondering.

Top 5 things about Chiang Mai Thai
1) Everything food related
2) Super-cheap appetizers and drinks at happy hour
3) Really good girly drinks with fun names
4) Décor rules
5) The service is top-notch

Bottom 5 things
1) Parking – suddenly it’s valet only
2) Can be a long wait on weekends
3) It’s “technically” in a mall (but not really)
4) “Khao Cadeukadeek” is really hard to say – but you have to try it!
5) There is never enough room for dessert…

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