Staying near the Seattle airport the night before we fly home. Any place near the airport that is worth eating at. Not expecting a gourmet experience but would like to have a good meal, preferably not at a national chain. Also must be open on a Monday night.
Bai Tong is a Thai restaurant near the airport with a reputation for being popular among Thai Airways employees. And it's true that 20 years ago, when someone told me about the place but couldn't remember the name, I called Thai Airways and the person who answered knew it immediately! Frankly in recent visits I've though it was good but nothing special. Nonetheless it is a fine choice if you're in the mood for Thai food.
Note they recently moved, so taxi drivers may need the directions on their website, www.baitongrestaurant.com.
I am sorry to hear that Bai Tong has moved --- its old location right next to the airport was quite convenient for travellers. I assume that another restaurant will occupy the old location? Anyone know who? (Bai Tong's new location is near the Toys R Us store on SouthCenter Parkway.)
Burien has become quite the suburban restaurant district recently--you'll do a lot better there than if you stay closer to the airport. If you have a car, go just north of the airport on International Boulevard and follow the signs onto Hwy 518 west, then go a couple of exits to where it ends; if not, it's a reasonable cab ride. Here are my favorites in that neighborhood that are open Mondays:
La Costa, 206 SW 152nd Street--really good Mexican joint (which is a rarity in these parts!) http://lacostaburien.com/
Elliott Bay Brewhouse & Pub, 255 SW 152nd St.--newer place but already popular, serving good pub grub and microbrews http://www.elliottbaybrewing.com/burien/
Tin Room Bar, 923 SW 152nd St.--local hangout serving good, basic American standards--steaks, seafood, and the like http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html...
Teak House, 17651 First Avenue S., just south or Burien in Normandy Park--great Thai food