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By: Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl | Posted: 12/06/2013
Nothing leads to dramatic, area-train-hopping-battles-to-the-death more than debating the best Thai restaurant in town:
“How could you say Big Bowl, that’s pan-Asian,” says an area wife, leaping from the coal car to the steam engine of an area train, while attempting to take out her husband with a coal-rake.
“It makes as much sense as an answer as the Hmong Village in Dayton’s Bluff,” answers the area husband, agilely ducking around the steam-whistle.
“That’s not Thai at all, it’s Hmong or perhaps Lao, which is as effectively different from Thai as Southern Italian is from Northern Italian!"
And with that the couple and the train plunge into a dark tunnel, and we will never learn what they decided were the best Thai restaurants in MSP. But we can learn which ones I decided are, because I’m about to tell you.
3). Krungthep Thai Cuisine I never quite like the sister-restaurant to Bangkok Thai Deli quite as much as the original, the servers speak English but then don’t really understand the food, which seems to lead me in a worse place than when I’m relying on sign language at the BTD. Then again, Krungthep Thai is excellent and has a beer and wine license, and boy oh boy does a beer make a little appetizer like a Tod Mun fried spicy fish patty with a dip of lime and herbs go down well. Those little Hor Muk curried steamed fish bundles are great too, as is the lemongrass silver thread noodle salad—aw heck I love this place too. Photo by Katherine Harris. 2523 Nicollet Ave., Mpls., 612-824-7721, Krungthep Facebook
Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl is a senior editor at Mpls.St.Paul Magazine.See bio
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