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Any help w/ finding Thai restaurant for lunch on the West side of Raleigh or downtown?

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  1. Try Viva Thai on Maynard in Cary. Not sure of exact address, but it is on Raleigh side of Cary. Call first for hours, as many small restaurants are not open sat. for lunch. Also might consider Sushi Thai off Kildaire/Maynard area. Better sushi than thai though. Viva Thai is very good.

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    1. re: winedine

      Thanks for that! I haven't been there yet - and I always forget it's there!

      Leah - If you're headed west on Chatham Street (after Hillsborough St turns into Chatham), turn left at the Maynard Road light and then you'll see it up just a little way on your right. It's in the Chatham Square vicinity.

      1. re: winedine

        We had lunch at Viva Thai and it was just ok. The mango sticky rice was incredibly glutinous and sweet (with sugar sprinkled on top!) and mangoes were barely ripe. They have abandoned their regular lunch prices on Saturday so everything was dinner prices and portions which was too expensive and too much. It was all just ok...pad thai, grilled beef salad, tom yum soup...nothing special.

        1. re: leahinsc

          I am sorry to hear that :( We haven't been in a few months and have had the grilled beef salad and enjoyed it. Our anti spice daughter has always liked the pad thai, but then again.... Thanks for the follow up, hope the rest of the week end was better for you.

          1. re: leahinsc

            We were big fans of Viva Thai when we discovered it, especially that spicy beef salad. But the last couple of times we've been something has gone awry. I'm not sure what changed, but it is not what it was, especially not the salad. We're pretty disappointed as our next closest Thai takeout is the King and I and we only like the noodle dishes there.

        2. Sushi Thai on Kildare is your best bet it gets very crowded on weekends.

          I perfer Wasabi for sushi but it is not as good as it once was.

          1. Thai Villa on Buck Jones Road near Crossroads (I forget the name of the shopping center, but its near the old Ruths Chris) has decent Thai.

            My favorite Thai is Sawasdee on Capital Boulevard. Very fresh, high-quality ingredients, lots of vegetarian options, very friendly and $7.99 lunch specials daily.