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Thai in the burbs

Any recommendations for good thai in the suburbs? We live in Conshy love Chiangmai but, want to try somewhere different. Heard good things about Thai Pepper in Ardmore?

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  1. Thai Orchid in Blue Bell is quite good. Also in Blue Bell, Pho Thai Nam has a good varied Thai/Vietnamese menu.

    1. We love the Thai Orchid in the Giant Market plaza at Rt. 202 and Township Line Road in E. Norriton (one block from Germantown Pike). It is at the right far end of a strip of stores across the parking lot from the Giant Market. Excellent!

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      1. re: Chefpaulo

        That is what I meant! I did not realize it was East Norriton and not Blue Bell. That place is great.

        1. re: AmblerGirl

          They advertise as being a Blue Bell address. Love that restaurant. Had my most recent birthday dinner there.

      2. We have eaten at Thai Orchid and Pho Thai Nam many times. We enjoy the food at both but prefer the Thai curries at Pho Thai Nam. Both are BYOB and Thai Orchid has a nicer interior. If you like Som Tam (spicy raw papaya salad), you will only get it at Pho Thai Nam as Thai Orchid makes their's with cabbage.

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          1. re: crazyspice

            Chabba Thai in Manayunk (not really the 'burbs I know) and White Elephant in Huntington Vally are both very good. Pho Thai Nam does Vietnamese and Thai but neither that well, IMHO (even my kids taste the difference). Haven't been to Thai Orchid in a while, last time I was there I thought they had slipped a bit.

            1. re: Schpsychman

              I will give Chabba Thai a try when I make my annual spring visit to the area. Thanks for the rec. If your kids can tell the difference, it is time to pay attention!

              1. re: Schpsychman

                I agree with your assessment of Pho Thai Nam's Vietnamese offerings. Despite being overpriced and watered down, it's a decent alternative to driving 45 min to CC.

                1. re: FoolForFood

                  How about driving to Telford then? Vietnam Cafe is, IMHO, very good and a number of people on this board (a number of them Vietnamese) agree. No decor to speak of and slow (but friendly) service at times but everything is quite good (and where my kids prefer going when they feel like Vietnamese). I think their Pho is very good. There is a new place (Saigon Cafe) opening on Main St. in Lansdale (near the Starbucks) which I am eager to try when they open.

                  The problem I have with Pho Thai Nam is that their Thai is also overpriced and watered down as well. So both are neither here nor there. When we want Vietnamese we go to Vietnam Cafe, when we want Thai we tend to go to Nadia's in Lansdale, which is OK (but better than Pho Thai Nam in our opinion).

                  And, the post below reminds of that there is a Thai Thanee in Doylestown, near the County Theatre, which is pretty good. I'm not sure if they are the same owners as the one in Abington or not (which is, unfortunately, in a very unnoticeable spot off of 611).

                  Chabaa Thai I don't tend to take my kids to, it is a somewhat higher end restaurant that my wife and I like to go to. It was voted best Thai in Philly this year I believe.

                2. re: Schpsychman

                  I've been thinking about White Elephant, but was a bit suspicious of Thai in a suburban strip mall -- after your rec, I must try.

                  1. re: hveagle

                    A strip mall location means cheap rent for recent immigrants, which ultimately means good chow for us.

                    1. re: FoolForFood

                      Have to agree. I have long ago stopped discounting strip mall restaurants because I have eaten at so many good ones. In fact, I have a theory that often the restaurants that don't really focus on decor are often serving some of the best food (especially true in the city). That being said, White Elephant actually does have fairly nice decor. I think you'll like the food hveagle, report back once you try them.

                      1. re: Schpsychman

                        I agree about the strip mall thing, but I haven't liked White Elephant much. I thought it was ok, but fairly mediocre. Like most other Thai in the region, I find the food overly sweet and not spicy enough. It has been a while, and it is the closest to me, so maybe I'll try it again.

                  2. re: Schpsychman

                    Based on this rec, we went to Chabba Thai last night. Service was fine, food was excellent: Tom Yam & Coconut milk soup, the Thai standards, were very good and too big; the curries were excellent with surprisingly large shrimp: the red better than the green. Fried Tofu and northern Thai sausage were satisfactory.

              2. Has anyone tried the Thai place in Abington just north of Target? I think it's called Thai Thanee. I've been curious about this place, and have never heard anyone mention it.

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                1. re: Hungryin theBurbs

                  It was recommended on another thread (can't remember which one - I suffer from CRS) I put it on my definitely am going to go list.

                2. Sabai Thai in Newtown Square is pretty good, it's BYOB. It's at 3707 W Chester Pike
                  Newtown Square, PA 19073-2303, (610) 356-9874. There's another that I stop called the Siam Cuisine Thai Restaurant (the have a bar) at 4950 York Rd Doylestown, PA 18901, (215) 794-7209. I spent some time in Thailand and these two are the closest in the area that I have found.

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                  1. I think Sabai Thai in Newtown Sq closed? No matter...Best really is in Kimberton. Love this place!!! Thai L'elephant. A MUST!

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                    1. re: collih

                      I'm also a fan of Thai L'Elephant. There is a coupon on their website that the owner told me to be sure to print out when I come next. Interesting it is expired, but she told me about it since then, so perhaps they don't care- not sure why it has a date- worth trying.

                    2. It's diffcult to find truly great Thai food in the Philly area, but if you like Chiangmai, definitely try out Thai Pepper in Ardmore. Flavor in Wayne is also worthwhile (it used to be called Thai Pepper and is run by the same folks from Thai Pepper). Chabba Thai does a nice job with Thai food as well.

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                      1. re: ChiefJB

                        chiangmai - is that the one in conshy? last time i was there, which was when they first opened, the food was so offensive i never went back. while i still haven't found amazing thai food in philly like i used to have back in DC (visits there like last weekend keep reminding me of this sad fact), i generally find it pretty hard to screw up thai food completely, but they managed to.

                        thai pepper on the other hand i do like a good deal. i visit the wayne location often, most recently last thursday. i refuse to call them by their stupid new name "flavor by thai pepper" - i think it's terrible! i always get the same thing (i'm so boring!) - the lunch combo, fried tofu, tom kha gai (hold the chicken), spicy noodle with tofu. and a glass of riesling on the side, if it's going to be a wine lunch! :) i do wish they had a better wine selection; there is nothing i really like much on there.

                        has anyone been to the thai/french place in the gateway shopping center, and if so, has it improved at all? service and food was so horrendous last time, but it seems a shame that the closest thai place to where i work is off-limits. i'd love to hear reports of them improving. i may try them again one day.

                        1. re: ChiefJB

                          This thread got me in the mood, and we just returned from Flavor (Thai Pepper) in Wayne. We've gone there a lot over the years, but not recently, and were impressed by the improvements to the decor. The aim is definitely upscale, and all of the food is beautifully plated. Their crispy duck remains a favorite, and we also liked the spicy noodles with shrimp and the salad with ground chicken. The single disappointment was the leek dumplings--not good at all.

                        2. We went to Chabba Thai last night as reccomended on this site and were not entirely happy with our experience. Service was awful and the chef left out the main ingredient of our dish. When I brought this up with our waitet he never got back to us. At the end of our meal when I again asked about this he said that they were giving us some extra rice to make up for it. No apology and not even an equitable exchange of cost for ingredient. Not he best thai food either. I don't hink we will be going back.

                          1. Thai Elephant in Phoenixville is spectacular. http://www.thailelephant.com/

                            Also very good is Thai Place in Phoenixville near The Giant Supermarket - BYOB
                            700 Nutt Rd Ste 730
                            Phoenixville, PA 19460
                            Phone: (610) 917-9943