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Is there any good Thai in Columbus?

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HungryLetsEat Jul 27, 2007 05:58 AM

I moved to Columbus (OH) a couple of years ago from Chicago - where there was a dearth of Thai places to choose from....most of which were pretty darn good. Since then, I've been trying to find decent Thai here in Columbus but have not been successful. Other than Thai Orchid (passable but still misses the mark by far) or Thai Taste (Went there last night. Their Panang Curry was really bad and the Pad Thai was not the best in town, as they claim.) what do you recommend that I try?

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    Lauren in OH Jul 27, 2007 06:53 AM

    Hunan Lion on Bethel has a Thai section to their menu and I really like it. There is also a place in Grandview Heights on the corner of King and Grandview Avenue )across the street from Gentile's Wine Shop) that is more like fast food because you order at the counter, but the food is quite good. It has the largest amount of choices I've seen. I don't know if it will be as good as what you had in Chicago, but those are 2 worth trying. Thai Taste has let me down quite a few times, and I agree with you on Thai Orchid. I think the place in Grandview is called Thai Kitchen, but I can't remember. It is in an old Tim Horton's.

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      kura kura Jul 27, 2007 05:54 PM

      It is more of a carryout place than a sit down place:

      Nongs Hunan Express
      1634 Northwest

      Don't let the name fool you. It is a Thai restaurant.

      http://www.nongshunanexpress.com/

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        dirtgirl Jul 27, 2007 06:30 PM

        My choice for the best, by far, is Bangkok Restaurant on Refugee Rd. It's about a mile south of I-70 on Winchester Pike. (exact address: 3283 Refugee Rd). It's not all the sticky sweet american-style thai with lots of friendly peanut and coconut flavors, but rather seems much closer to authentic thai. (one poster on the Columbus Underground dining forum even argued it was "too authentic" because it served squid, which to me is a hearty endorsement vs other places in town).

        Warning: no liquor license so byo if that's important.

        Bangkok has great pad thai, but can be a little on the greasy side. For me, the absolute best pad thai in town is actually served by Nida's sushi in the north market. who would have guessed?

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          Niki in Dayton Jul 31, 2007 04:31 PM

          I agree that Bangkok is the best by far; we drive over from Dayton to eat there and to shop at the Thai market right next door (where you can buy Singha to drink with your dinner if you so desire). A Thai friend told me about Bangkok and we've been going there for about 10 years--it's stll great!

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          bobcat1804 Jul 27, 2007 06:53 PM

          Thai Orchid on Sawmill Road (just north of I-270) is my favorite Thai place in Columbus. Some of the best pad thai I've had.

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            duncanfj Jul 30, 2007 05:39 AM

            Ps Thai Tai on King Ave in Grandview has very good Thai. Fairly extensive menu with rotating specials. And if it isn't on the menu, they'll probably make it for you. Very friendly staff.

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              HungryLetsEat Jul 30, 2007 06:30 AM

              Thanks, I drove by there the other day and wondered if they were any good. Next time I'll stop in.

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                mgb Aug 2, 2007 08:40 AM

                I'll third the rec for Bangkok. Not much to look at inside or out, iffy part of town, but man is it good. If you like larb...this is the place to get it. Great Tom Yum as well...giant shared bowl over a warmer brought to the table. It'll cure whatever ails you.

                Thai Orchid can be very good as well...it depends on what you like. As with all restos, they do some dishes better than others. Don't give up on it because your main go to dish (like pad thai) isn't to you liking. As we all know, everyone has their own version of the mainstays but there are often hidden treasures if you keep trying other things. I think that's the problem with comparing asian restos. The menus are all pretty much the same so we tend to order our faves over and over again and compare the restos based on that one (or a small set) dish.

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                  spfldOHchow Aug 3, 2007 01:36 PM

                  Any feelings on Pad Thai (the restaurant) on Refugee Road?

            2. Tam847 Aug 2, 2007 12:17 PM

              There's a little restaurant that just opened a couple months ago on Cleveland Ave that we were really impressed with. They have Chinese, Vietnamese and Thai dishes. My daughter claims it was the best Pad Thai she's had in this area. It's Yuen's at 5720 Cleveland Ave. They have sitdown and carryout. We REALLY like their food. Give it a try...their phone number 614-823-8880. It's close to the corner of Rt 161 and Cleveland.

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                BZArcher Aug 2, 2007 07:21 PM

                In Hilliard, go to Grand China on Cemetery Rd, in Hilliard. They mostly serve white boy Cantonese stuff, but the restaurant is run by a Thai family, and their Moo Phad Pring King is -excellent-. The Phad Thai is also very good.

                Joey Chang's over on Fishinger is also pretty decent, and does a nice red curry duck.

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                  Cmhfoodlvr Aug 25, 2007 07:20 AM

                  Bangkok and Thai Orchid are the best, with bangkok slightly better than thai orchid (Bangkok has the best food but crappy restaurant). Yuen's is also a good all-around asian restaurant, try their vietnamese dish "Beef with egg on rice."

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                    red_menace Sep 6, 2007 02:41 PM

                    I have to enthusiastically agree with all the recommends for Bangkok. Over the years, I've probably tried a dozen "Thai" places in Columbus. Some have been good...most have been awful. After finding out about Bangkok from a Thai/Laotian coworker a while back, I can now say without hesitation that is the best Thai place I have ever been to in town. Other than a smattering of Chinese items, the entire menu is devoted to Thai dishes, listed in both English and Thai, which I consider a good sign. I figure if you are dining in an ethnic restaurant that bothers to list menu items in the mother tongue of the owners, said establishment is likely to have a good following with the local expat population and consequently, reasonably authentic food.

                    Bangkok is shamefully inexpensive, and everything I've had there has been very good, but my favorites are Pad Kua Hang, and Pad Kee Mao, which are both made with large rice noodles, and anything on the "Spicy Salad" part of the menu, especially the Nam Tok, Larb, and Yam Nuea. Carnivorous fans of spicy food must try the Nam Tok, a warm beef salad swimming in a scorching blend of hot chili, lime juice, cilantro, onion and Khao Koor (ground toasted rice). Bangkok's version is a seriously great dish that starts out pleasantly tangy and builds to a skull-splitting heat induced crescendo of the "ohmygodthisissogoodicantstopeating" variety. It's so tasty in fact, that I usually have great difficulty ordering anything else. G.A. Benton, one of the better local critics swears by the Nam Tok at Pad Thai just down the street, which I have also heard good things about, but I've never been there. Whenever I'm in that neighborhood for Thai, I always wind up at Bangkok...a bird in the hand being worth two in the bush and all.

                    The Eastside location on Refugee is decidedly inconvenient for me, but I don't care. Bangkok is so good I would happily fight rabid badgers...or at least 45 minutes of rush hour traffic, to get here when I am in the mood for Thai. If you're traveling with your Nam Tok, ask them to pack the lettuce separately so it doesn't wilt. They are usually most accommodating. No booze though, so I get my Nam Tok and spring roll to go and pick up a nice Riesling or a sparkler on the way home. Maybe next time I'll take a cue from Niki and buy some Singha at the grocery next door and dine-in. Keep in mind that this place pretty much defines hole-in-the-wall, so don't go if you're looking for atmosphere.

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