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May 14, 2008 11:42 PM

Tam's Thailand Lao Food SD

This place piques my interest. They are located on Adams ave. I think the former b fried rice space.

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  1. Aw. B Fried Rice closed? I actually enjoyed that place. :/

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    1. re: jessicah

      I went a couple of times until they a) took forever on an order then b) totally screwed up the order and then c) overcharged me about $10. I was less enthusiastic after that...

    2. I ate there a few months back. The Owner is Thai, and the only thing Lao they have on the menu is the Papaya Salad. Other than that they have all the usual suspects, Curries, Pad Thai, Satay, Chicken Fingers, Double Bacon Cheeseburgers, Orange Chicken, Chicken Chop Suey(when's the last time you saw that on a menu), Chicken Kabobs....I kid you not. I was told that they just kept the menu from various previous Owners.

      I only had 2 items the Papaya Salad, Lao style, which was only mildly pungent, and lacked balance, but must've weighed 3 pounds, and I could see the Owner's daughter making it in the "pok-pok". And the Beef Salad, which was a bunch of chopped up iceberg lettuce, and pan fried sirloin steak, with a bland dressing, and chopped jalapeno's for roasted rice powder, no lime. The Owner's daughter is very nice, but the food really lacks any depth or finesse. Still, they seemed mighty proud of their Pad Thai, so I may just go back.

      KR - I think you need to go there, have the Polish Sausage and Gyros Sandwich or maybe the Chicken Nuggets, and report back, pronto!

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      1. re: KirkK

        Chicken nuggets?!?! Why didn't you report on this place before?! :^)

        1. re: kare_raisu

          I've got a bit of a backlog. Lots of miscellaneous stuff that just kinda stays in the "attic".

        1. re: Ed Dibble

          Embarrassingly no. I need to go with someone who understands the cuisine better than I. When are you next in town... ;^)

          1. re: kare_raisu

            Kirk's postings on the place are a pretty good guide. The young men who wait the tables are helpful and friendly. While the neighborhood is iffy, the restaurant feels very comfortable to me.

            I claim no understanding of the cuisine. The only odd thing about the place is how much stuff they can cook off menu. For example, the Nam Kao (sp?) is not on the menu, but is an outstanding version (I think comparable to Lotus of Siam in Vegas). I wonder how many other things that kitchen could turn out that we haven't tried.

            I think I'll be in SD for a couple days during the week after Memorial Day. But I'm not sure that Asia Cafe is on my short list. On my last visit over to
            America's Finest City, a friend INSISTED that we go to Asia Cafe because he remembered it from a previous visit, so my Lao craving is temporarily satisfied.

            My only problem with the place is that I generally order the same things because they are so good, and Kirk has explored more of the cuisine than I have.