where to go for good thai in central ill?
i just had some fabulous thai at Dibs in Chicago, but i live in Decatur! anyplace around here, say Champaign or Springfield, that REALLY knows Thai????
Springfield has a few places I think...Little Saigon (Vietnamese too) and Magic Kitchen. I have not been to either, but they are supposed to be good. I live in Champaign and there is a place called Basil Thai near Krannert Center in Urbana (http://basil-thai.com/) which is decent, and another place in downtown Champaign called Nitaya, here's a link to a good local food blog for more info:
Additionally, Bombay Grill (Indian) has added a location on 1st St. in Champaign, and it's pretty good.
Oops, there's also Thara Thai, which is on Bloomington Rd. I believe, just off the I-74/Prospect exit. (scroll down for info about Thara):
Have not been, but it gets high marks!
I live just south of Springfield and Little Saigon is pretty excellent for central Illinois. I've been to a dozens places in Chicago and while it may not compete with the best of those, it is above par for the windy city. Magic Kitchen changed hands a few years back and some feel that the quality has dipped, but others say that nothing has changed. FWIW, I was never very impressed in the first place.
There is a small place in the Capitol City shopping center just off of I-55---Taste of Thai---that is very good at what is does. It has a small menu and executes those dishes very capably----sort of a Thai Diner.
Little Saigon is worth a trip though.
re: chris in illinois
Not exactly close to you, but there is a very good Thai restaurant in Peoria. It is also called Taste of Thai, but I don't think it's anyway related to the one you've mentioned. The owner/chef at the one in Peoria turns out some wonderful dishes. The menu is quite large, and we've tried a number of items. Our favorite is his green curry, but we've also had several noodle dishes that were quite tasty. Also, don't skip appetizers---we've tried several and they've all been quite good. Must tell you though, that the food is far superior to the atmosphere, decor, and service!