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Goodbye Benjapon's, Hello Joey's Thai Cafe

finlero Nov 26, 2007 06:37 AM

Got back from Thanksgiving to discover that Benjapon's is no more. I shall always remember it as the best Thai food available between Boloco and Subway.

Already open in its place is Joey's Thai Cafe. Haven't tried the food, but with the unfortunate slogan of "Happy in. Happy out," I have little intention of breaking the seal.

  1. Gio Nov 26, 2007 07:14 AM

    LOL..... just where is all that happiness happening?

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    1. re: Gio
      finlero Nov 26, 2007 07:18 AM

      About halfway between Porter and Davis.

      1. re: finlero
        Gio Nov 26, 2007 07:23 AM

        OK - thanks!

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      lypp Nov 26, 2007 09:21 AM

      Before it was Benjapon's there was a great thai place there - I used to go all the time. Benjapon's was NOT very good - but the new place is worth at least *trying* even if there slogan is bad.

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      1. re: lypp
        finlero Nov 26, 2007 09:28 AM

        Hey, don't let me stop you; chow exploration is what being a CH is all about.

        I agree that Fusion Express wasn't bad, but with other good Thai in the area (Sugar and Spice is my favorite), I didn't get there much.

      2. Bob Dobalina Nov 27, 2007 05:13 AM

        "Happy in, Happy out" doesn't sound THAT bad. ;)
        But more effective would be "Unhappy in...."

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        1. re: Bob Dobalina
          Sugar04 Nov 28, 2007 06:29 AM

          Is it certain that this place isn't a reiteration of Benjapon's? They seemed to be into making things cute-sy while serving pointless food.

          I went to Benjapon's a grand total of one time--Penang red curry had exactly one vegetable--slices of dry, bitter, old eggplant and chicken larb seemed to be nothing but red onion larb. Cheap but yuk, yuk yuk. (That's why it was cheap.)

          1. re: Sugar04
            DavisSquare Nov 28, 2007 08:10 AM

            Different owners, as I understand it. I think that Benjapon herself has left the business to get married (and presumably Joey has bought it...)


          2. re: Bob Dobalina
            Mr.Og Nov 28, 2007 08:41 AM

            I'd prefer not to have to see it come out.... but why do we always look to make sure?

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