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Good Pad Thai? (MSP)

latte4me Mar 8, 2009 06:54 PM

We're watching the Pad Thai episode of "Throwdown" and my husband was just wondering who has the best in the area? Is there a general opinion on the issue? I've been to Pad Thai (pretty good); Ruam Mit (ick) and am wondering what else is out there.

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    karykat Mar 8, 2009 07:38 PM

    Someone who I think has good judgment was just recommending Mango Thai near Dale and Selby in St. Paul. She was talking about a pad thai that has shrimp in a tempura batter. She said it was not greasy at all and that things seemed very fresh.

    So I thought I would be giving that a try. It's a small place so probably best to go at off-peak times.

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      Foureyes137 Mar 9, 2009 09:19 AM

      Similarly, Mango's sister restaurant in Minneapolis, Chai's, has a solid rendition. Though I have not gotten it there (the specials are too good to pass-up as is the Pad Kee Mow and Tom Yum) our dining partners have and have enjoyed it.

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        chazmo Mar 10, 2009 01:35 PM

        I've given this place a number of tries and the Pad Thai has never impressed. It's very mild and no heat no matter how hot you order it. Also I feel kind of cheated by the amount of proteins in their dishes, a few more pieces of chicken or shrimp don't cost anything. I had a pumpkin and shrimp curry around Halloween that was fantastic though.

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      kevin47 Mar 8, 2009 08:28 PM

      Bahn Thai in New Hope (just off of 169). Well balanced (not to sweet), not sticky, generously portioned and cheap. Their other food is great as well.

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        faith Mar 8, 2009 09:23 PM

        I don't like it sweet at all, so my favorite is King and I in downtown Mpls.

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          kevin47 Mar 9, 2009 03:28 PM

          I'm with you. My one negative mark against Chai's Thai would be their (essentially) caramelized version of pad thai. It's like eating a Snickers bar.

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            alix Mar 9, 2009 05:10 PM

            Bangkok Thai Deli on University Ave in Saint Paul. Best thai food in the cities in my opinion.

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        CasualDiner74 Mar 10, 2009 06:51 PM

        For awesome, fresh and unusual pad thai I'd try Chino Latino in MSP. Their take on the traditional dish is a breath of fresh air. And the Margaritas are terrific.

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          sarah.j.morrison Mar 12, 2009 07:14 AM

          Big Bowl (at Ridgedale, Rosedale, and the Galleria). YUM! Perfect balance of sweet, spice, and tang. Super fresh flavor. Topped with fresh roasted peanuts. Even Thai restaurants can't compare. *now I'm salivating.....

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