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Jan 29, 2008 10:05 AM

Richmond: Gonzalez Mexican Restaurant - Thai food with salsa and chips

I mentioned this briefly in an old Gonzalez post

However, for people who might be interested in Thai and not Mexican, it’s noted in the title of this post.

Gonzales now has a full Thai menu with 63 items. They are keeping the Mexican menu unchanged. So the server brings two menus, two dishes of salsa and a basket of hot chips.

Why not? Should the choice be Thai, there are the chips to munch on while waiting for the food.

There are 10 Thai lunch specials for $6.95.

I had the param rong song with choice of chicken for the meat. Beef or pork is the other choice.

The chicken in the thick, slightly spicy peanut sauce came on a bed of vegetables that included carrots, cabbage. some sort of spinach-like green and broccoli. A large scoop of white rice was on the side.

They have nice fresh lemonade which seemed to have some touch of Thai spice

The back of the restaurant menu has a strawberry drink that had tapioca. It doesn’t appear on the take-out menu and they were out of it.

I know nothing about Thai food. I enjoyed my meal. I suspect it is solid average Thai food … but again consider the source.

Actually I’m more likely to stop there for the Thai food rather than the Mex-American food which is fine but really, really ... really Mexican-American.

Some cold rainy day I’ll give one of the soups a try … probably the combo beef noodle with rare beef, beef ball and stewed beef.

The combo appetizer plate ($8.95) that has chicken satay, imperial rolls, fried tofu with peanut sauce, fried sweet potatoes and fried shrimp rolls is something that I’ll probably give a try one of these days … also the pumpkin curry.

The yellow banner about Thai food just went up and on my visit on Sunday I think I was the only person ordering Thai. The restaurant has good prices for Mexican food and was doing a surprisingly brisk business on a Sunday afternoon both in-house and take-out.

The really nice owner said the cooks were Thai so he decided to add Thai food.

I think it is a good decision. There are a zillion Mexican restaurants. There are a zillion Thai restaurants. Only one where you can get both … with chips.

Gonzalez Mexican Restaurant
12955 San Pablo Ave, Richmond, CA 94805

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  1. Way back when, Nakapan in Berkeley was my favorite Thai restaurant, and they always served "chips and salsa" (shrimp chips with a fish-type dipping sauce). Is Nakapan even still in business?

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    1. re: Ruth Lafler

      No. It is closed

      Yeah, these are Mexican chips and salsa.

      With Hacienda closed, other than Trevino's which is more expensive this is the last of the Mexican-American restaurants left. I suspect they have taken over Hacienda's business as a meeting place for local government and business groups. There is a HUGE parking lot in back. In the restaurant there is also an overhead projector and pull down screen that would be usefull for presentations.

      1. re: rworange

        Hacienda Grill is closed? This one across from Kaiser?

        1000 Nevin Ave.
        Richmond, CA 94801

        1. re: kimchee

          or the Hacienda at McDonald Ave and San Pablo Ave?

          Looked like it'd been closed for yrs, always had the same car in the parking lot.

          1. re: kc72

            The Haciendaat McDonald Ave and San Pablo which has been closed for over a year.Hacienda Grill across from Kaiser is alive and well.

      2. re: Ruth Lafler

        Thai House Express had warm, fresh-fried shrimp chips with a slightly fishy chili sauce dip as a special ($5) last night. Pretty tasty. I'd never seen that before.

        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          I mentioned in the other thread that I've had these at both THE and Ozone Thai on Polk. The dip at both places is straight nam prik pao- roasted red chilis in soybean oil with shallots, dried shrimp, palm sugar and maybe some garlic. Even if it came out of a jar

          (jar on left
          ) it's pretty good. It is the flavor base in many recipes for Tom Yum soup, and is used in fish dishes (pla rad pik). You can get it at 99 Ranch, etc. The only heat level I've ever seen is "medium" but its not too hot.

          Shrimp chips used to be old school at some Thai places and one Chinese place I went to in Boston as a kid, they'd be served before the meal, but they weren't fresh fried, and they didn't have the yummy sauce.

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        1. do you know if they have 2 separate groups in the kitchen for the 2 sides of the menu?

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          1. re: kc72

            Nope. Same cooks. The Asian cooks had been making Mexican food for years and the new owner decided not to waste the existing talent.