Sen Yai Sen Lek meets the needs of the Northeast Minneapolis neighborhood it inhabits to the proverbial T. Then again, who wouldn’t want a family place with great food, a farm-to-table commitment, and reasonable prices to match? The fact that it is an ethnic Thai restaurant really sets it apart from the crowd. One example might be the khao soi—a large bowl brimming with juicy brisket from the 1000 Hills Cattle Company, mellow curry, spiked pickled mustard, and a beguiling tangle of soft and crispy egg noodles ($11.95). There is a small bar stocked with local beers, as well as Thai favorite Chang, which pair nicely with the food and hometown hospitality. That’s a good combination.
2422 Central Ave. NE, Mpls., 612-781-3046