Good food in Pasadena, MD area?
We were planning on dinner at Bangkok Oriental tonight, but found it closed. Since we really wanted Thai, we decided to go to Thai Gour on B&A Blvd right off of Route 2. We haven't been for several years, Bangkok Oriental being closer and better quality, but we were pleasantly surprised.
Now called Thai Cafe, it looks like new owners who have improved the quality of the food. We ordered spring rolls and the sliced steak larb salad for appetizers. The spring rolls were very average, but piping hot. The larb was fantastic--excellent beef with a nice, smoky grill flavor. It was spicy and salty and oniony, everything a good larb should be. I prefer mine a bit wetter, so that the iceberg lettuce gets coated in the flavors of the salad, but this dry version was still very tasty.
The tom yum soup was excellent. You could order a chicken or shrimp version. We had shrimp, and they were cooked perfectly. The soup also was piping hot.
I had drunken noodles, and they were FANTASTIC. I haven't had drunken noodles this good in a number of years. Plenty of Thai basil flavoring the sauce, and a melange of tasty veggies, including the requisite tomato. You can get it with beef, pork, chicken, or mixed seafood. Excellently done, I was so pleased with this dish.
My dining companions enjoyed their dishes: a panang curry and a beef dish with green beans. I didn't try theirs, so can't comment.
Dessert was sticky rice with coconut custard, which was also tasty. All told, an excellent meal.
Service was very prompt, the food came out lickety-split, which makes sense because we were the only table in there. Our infant daughter was taken with the lovely decorations hanging off the ceiling, and when my husband asked where we could find one, the waitress said "Thailand." Then she came back and said they'd sell one us if we wanted it. Now that's service! :)
I will have to add Thai Cafe into our usual rotation of "go-to" places in Glen Burnie/Pasadena. When I want fried red snapper with choo-chee curry, I'll go to Bangkok Oriental. When I'm in the mood for Drunken Noodles, we'll be off to Thai Cafe.
7477 Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard
Glen Burnie, MD 21061-3582
Are you looking for any good food or something specific? I like the pizza and Italian food at Bella Napoli in the heart of Pasadena. In addition, Lista's is great for nicer Southwestern/Tex-Mex style food. Ice cream wise, Pasadena is well off with the Daily Scoop and Brewsters, two of the area's best. Beyond that, thing's get a little tougher. Olive and Sesame has decent American-style Chinese and Tokyo Sushi is a decent option for sushi as well. Fresh World International market has opened a Korean Cafe, but the last time I was there there was no English menu translation (no English characters even). Glen Burnie's not too far, and there are some good options there as well. Perchi's for Peruvian Chicken and La Sirinita and Cinco De Mayo Pandederia/Taqueria both for authentic Mexican. I also say a sign on Rt 2 that there is going to be a Puerto Rican restaurant coming in across from the Three Brothers.
There was a discussion last year about Glen Burnie food options....search for that thread, since many of the places recommended are in GB, Pasadena, and Severna Park.
Cynthia's was definitely on there, as was Tokyo Sushi, Bangkok Oriental, Bella Napoli, and a few others I'm forgetting.
I enjoyed the stuffed cabbage (golomki) at the Tall Oaks Restaurant, which, like the golomki, is frozen in a time warp. Below is the link to my review.
I think there is a place nearby called the Cheshire Crab which I've heard good things about. I don't know if it still exists.