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The best Thai in Downtown Portland?

irishkevbo Jun 25, 2007 11:00 AM

Help, I'm sick of Thaifoon, it's not spicy enough!

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    MichaelG RE: irishkevbo Jun 25, 2007 11:19 AM

    I like eSan on 2nd (I believe) right near Kells. For lunch, I have a hard time eating anything other than the Evil Prince (red curry). Get the Evil Prince and ask for it extra spicy, and you'll be satisfiued.

    There's also a nice little place somewhere around SW 7th or 8th, just off Burnside. Shouldn't be hard to find. It's in the SE corner of the building.

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      Nettie RE: MichaelG Jun 25, 2007 04:53 PM

      Do you mean Thai Peacock (219 SW 9th)? I remember it being down one block and on the other side of Burnside from Powell's.

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        MichaelG RE: Nettie Jun 25, 2007 05:30 PM

        Yeah, that's it. Nice place, good food.

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      will77 RE: irishkevbo Jun 25, 2007 11:41 AM

      Best I have had in Portland was Khun Pic's Bahn Thai 3429 SE Belmont St. Prepare to wait though. It is run by a husband and wife. The husband works the front room and the wife is the chef. Slow service but worth it.

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        extramsg RE: will77 Jun 25, 2007 09:09 PM

        I don't like any of the Thai restaurants downtown much at all. Personally, I think Typhoon is the best of a mediocre bunch. I haven't tried the carts yet, though. Might be worth the effort.

        Otherwise, closest good Thai is Pok Pok. Open lunch and dinner.


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        antrobin RE: irishkevbo Jun 26, 2007 03:40 AM

        Well, it's not downtown, and it's not quite Pok Pok, but Chaba Thai gets my vote for some of the best Thai in PDX--not fancy,not "gourmet," not expensive, just plain good.

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          extramsg RE: antrobin Jun 26, 2007 01:59 PM

          I agree, but Cha Ba is on the opposite side of town, more than twice as far as Pok Pok from downtown. Great specials menu.


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            Livvy RE: extramsg Jun 26, 2007 02:25 PM

            Good Thai places in downtown Portland :

            - Thai Peacock off Burnside, next to a record shop
            - Aroy around SW 4th & Washington across Ross Dress for Less & Greek Cucina, they can make it very spicy for you by request :)

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          irishkevbo RE: irishkevbo Jun 27, 2007 03:53 PM

          Thank You for all your suggestions, I actually didn't have a car and stayed at the Marriott next door to Thyphoon so I went there out of laziness. The new summer menu they have is pretty good, the Salad sampler appetizer with Nam Sad, Papaya salad, and the beef salad we all very bright and flavorful. I always stay away from Pad Thai because it usually sucks everywhere I go but they have a Crab Pad Thai for there summer menu that was very good. Anyways I will use your suggestions in 3 weeks when I am up there.

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