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My daughter just left for her grandparents for a couple of weeks and my wife and I want to get out and stretch our taste buds. We are up to speed except for the above cuisines. What are the current best? We prefer Central/South Blvd area but any Charlotte area reccomendations will be greatly appreciated. Brent K, are you still lurking out there? Thanks!

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  1. I like Taste of Thai on East Blvd near South Blvd.

    A little off your request but the Spanish place Sole at the bottom of the East Blvd hill (1600 block) is owned and run by a Vietnamese couple.

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    1. re: michael b

      I enjoyed my meal at Taste of Thai during my visit to Charlotte. The tom ka gai (coconut chicken) soup, green curry pork and pad thai were excellent. The shrimp panang, however, I don't recommend.

      1. re: Sant

        I live for roadtrips to Charlotte so I can eat at Thai Taste on East Boulevard.

    2. Although I thought it was "Thai Taste," the others are right. This is a GREAT spot that I am sad is no longer available to me for lunch rotation. Keep in mind that lunch is so busy there, the service can be a little off depending on your arrival time. I have often been served the complimentary soup before being greeted, served water, or giving an order to anyone...and I keep going back because it is so good.

      Having moved from Charlotte to the Triangle though, I actually crave LANG VAN (Vietnamese) on Shamrock more than Thai Taste, and do my best to eat there on every trip back to Charlotte. In fact, some other Triangle friends of mine love this place so much that we have been known to eat there multiple times during a weekend visit. Eveything I've had is great, but I really love the crispy quail, the "Vietnamese pancake," all soups, and the flat rice noodles with brown sauce and choy sum. I wish I could remember the numbers of the dishes, but you really can't go wrong here. I recently was looking up their hours while planning a visit to Charlotte for next weekend (Can't wait!), and saw that there were two crappy reviews on citysearch. Those people are crazy and you should pay them no mind.

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      1. re: Chapel Will

        I second Lang Van. I have not been in about 18 months or so though. You may also want to cheeck out the places at the corner of Tryon and sugarcreek. there are several asian restaurants in this run-down center and they seem to attract a primarily asian clientele. Watch the potholes though.

      2. Vietnamese - I'll go with Lang Van, too. I've heard good things about Ben Thanh, which is run by members of the same family, but every time we want Vietnamese, we head back to Lang Van.

        Thai - My favorite is King and I, but I also like Thai Orchid

        Indian - Bombay Cuisine and Woodlands are my two top choices, although Bombay Grille is also up there

        You haven't asked about Malaysian, but Cuisine Malaya is a good option to try that cuisine. I friend of mine from Singapore recommends the buffet at Tin Tin for Malaysian, as well.

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        1. re: brentk

          Thanks Brent, and everyone ele too!

        2. Monsoon Thai Cuisine (2801 South Blvd (704) 523-6778)is one of my favorite Thai restaurants in town. Lang Van offers the best Vietnamese, hands down. And Cuisine Malaya consistently offers some of the best Asian cuisine in town. I've never tried Bombay Cuisine, but I love both Woodlands and Bombay Grille. Enjoy your culinary adventures!

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          1. re: Staci

            Again, I'm being dragged into an ancient posting!!! Monsoon is, IMHO, hands down, the best Thai in Charlotte.

          2. Saigon Palace on South Blvd. for Vietnamese - see my blog post: http://amyonfood.blogspot.com/2009/06...
            Also love Monsoon Thai, also on South Blvd. Try the papaya salad, mee krob (here these are lettuce wraps) curried shrimp special on the back of the menu and the sticky rice dessert.

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            1. re: amykw21

              Amy - have you tried the brunch at Saigon Palace? I'd love to know if it's only Sunday, what's on it, is it good, how much $?

            2. Hate to comment on such an old thread, but here goes:

              Vietnamese: I like Ben Thanh, although there is nothing wrong with Lang Van or the place at Asian Corners. Saigon Palace is good enough if you're in the area. But if you are in that area of South Blvd, try Vietnam Grille (across from Bill Spoon's). The menu is more limited than the other Vietnamese restaurants here, but what they have is very good. Very nice and helpful staff too.

              Thai: Tough call. I like Thai Taste, but Monsoon is delicious and is not afraid of making the food spicy. Has a few dishes you don't see elsewhere in town. Thai Thai on East is excellent but take-out only. I have liked Bangkok Ocha in the past but haven't been there in a while.

              Indian: Can't pick. Depends on what I'm in the mood for. I enjoy Bombay Grill, Bombay Cuisine, Woodlands, Copper, and Saffron (in no particular order). Fu-Lin is great Indo-Chinese.

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              1. re: billyjack

                "Thai Thai on East is excellent but take-out only."

                Are you sure about that? I am almost positive I have eaten in the restaurant several times. And its very good, btw.

                Where is Fu-Lin? Can you tell me more about it...i.e. a hole in the wall type place, etc.?

                1. re: bbqdawg

                  Thai Thai is definitely take out only. You're probably confusing it with Thai Taste, also on East Blvd.

                  For Indian, I enjoy Copper on East.

                  1. re: glimmer

                    Ah, you're right...my apologies to billyjack. I need to be careful what I read early in the morning before i'm fully awake!

                  2. re: bbqdawg

                    Fu-Lin is on Independence near Idlewild. Big shopping center but can't remember the name...it has Rock and Roll Emporium, some adult store, I think a strip club, a "massage parlor", etc....not exactly a PG environment but good food. Definitely hole-in-the-wall Indo-Chinese place. Can order dishes "dry" or "wet" depending on your taste. And they will make it *hot* if you ask! One of my favorites is the Chilli Gobi dry (cauliflower fried with hot peppers and spices).

                    1. re: billyjack

                      dee jai is a great new thai restaurant on providence road in the same shopping cneter as the manor theatre

                2. For South Charlotte, you might like to try Viet Thai off Pineville-Matthew Road across from Lowe's. The Pho here is great and the Laotian chef makes very authentic Thai dishes too. I would know since I am a Thai native. As for Indian, Bombay Grille is fantastic and it is also off of Pineville-Matthews Rd in Tower Place.

                  other Thai restaurant recommendation for South Charlotte: Thai Orchid has the best ambiance, Thai Taste in Matthews is also very good.

                  Thai Taste
                  324 East Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28203

                  Thai Orchid Restaurant
                  4223 Providence Rd Unit 7, Charlotte, NC 28211