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Thai Nakorn Garden Grove

Re-opening when?? Haven't been by in a while (haven't gone to Costco lately). I haven't seen it on the food radar but figure someone in the know (DU? Elmo?) would have the scoop. Also, drove by Bangkok Taste a few weeks ago on the way to a little league field and it looked closed?? Hopefully just a normal closed day.

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  1. As of last week, the owner stated that they were still having problems with the Garden Grove Building Inspectors...one week they approve something, the next week they want major changes on the same item...Their goal is now the middle of July...we will see!

    1. What TravelPath said. You'll know they're serious when the Johnny-on-the-spot gets removed from the front of the building. They're really close though.

      In New Jersey it'd be a case of forgetting to schmear the inspectors, but I suspect things are a bit more aboveboard here.

      I'll be there with bells on as soon as I see them open, though!!

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      1. re: Das Ubergeek

        I just asked them and they said maybe in a month or two -- but the sign is lit up, the tables are in, the chairs are in, the Johnny-on-the-spot is gone, and the fence is down.

        Dear City of Garden Grove: you are keeping me from the Thai food I love. Quit messing around and let these people open already, you corrupt ninnies!

      2. What TravelPath said is the most concrete info I've heard yet. Thanks TravelPath!

        I also will be there with bells when this thing busts open.


        1. Thanks guys for all the tips... I can't wait!

          1. We had dinner last night at the Stanton location and had a long talk with the owner...they are pulling their hair out with Garden Grove's permit process...they are dealing with conflicting information coming from the same inspectors...yesterday they were told by SoCal Edison that there were new reg in place and had to do more work...when their engineering firm confronted SoCal Edison and Garden Grove inspectors, they were told it was a new regulation that had not been published yet...but it was retroactive and will cost 1000s of dollars to comply with...the joys of new construction...Sigh! Thai Nakorn was ready to open several months ago and had hired new employees and has been paying them even though they are not working!

            Begin Rant...The owners mortgaged their own homes to the limit to help pay for rebuilding...and as she indicated...if she knew the problems that the City of Garden Grove would cause, they would not have rebuilt there...if at all! (I would comment here about the inspection process of cities like Garden Grove...but the language I feel I would have to use is not for family audiences!...and this is from my own personal experiences as well as theirs!!) I am afraid government is not trying to be too friendly to small business...for example, in the design of the parking lot a certain number of spaces for handicapped parking is required...they installed the parking area but the city wanted a wall moved three inches...it was but it took less then three inches away from one of the parking spaces...the permit was withheld and it will cost them a pretty penny to fix it...no wonder businesses are leaving California in droves...End Rant!

            Anyways, the dinner was excellent as usual...pad thai, nam sod, BBQ catfish (my fav), panang curry...ice cream...all so good! As usual, the staff all thanked us...a few hugs as well...and the owner said she appreciates our continued support...especially in these hard times.

            The good news...the electricity is on in the new place and they hope to be open in a few weeks...but you don't have to wait for the new location...they deserve our support now!!

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            1. re: TravelPath

              Update...We had dinner at the Stanton location last night and spoke to the owner...the city is still dragging its feet but there is some light at the end of the tunnel...they have a another health department inspection in a few days and the building inspectors are scheduled as well. They are keeping their fingers crossed that they will get the green light in the next couple of weeks! I hope so...these are nice people!!

            2. The Garden Grove location of Thai Nakorn is now open! We had lunch there this afternoon (Sunday-8/23). The waitress who knows my family from years of dining at the Buena Park/Garden Grove/Stanton locations said that they opened on Saturday, 8/22. It seems like they have more seating for the main restaurant than before the fire. They still have a private room but today that room was being used for a photo or video shoot of certain menu items (we saw one of their most popular fish dishes, "Pla Dad Deaw" being shot on photo or video in the room).

              The best thing I can say is everything we ordered tasted the same as at any previous location of Thai Nakorn (see our Iphone pic of their special "pla dad deaw" and water spinach). They only had about 20 people including us at 1pm but I expect that to grow as word gets out! Happy Days!

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                1. re: mercadog

                  Fantastic news. I'll head over for lunch.

                  1. re: Das Ubergeek

                    OK, now I've been (picked it up to go). Stuffed squid with chile and basil was good but the stuffing fell out of the squid... flavour was as good as ever. Mango salad with fried catfish bits was as good as ever -- oh, I love that dish. And I was given a bowl of tom kha gai (chicken-coconut soup) as a lagniappe, which was nice -- and really, really well-executed.

                    For those who may be planning to visit for the first time, bear in mind that the spicing level is on the Thai scale, not the American scale, so "medium" to them will get you spicy food, "spicy" to them will get you extra-spicy food, and "extra" or "Thai spicy" will sear your mouth off.

                    I'm so happy. It's four minutes' drive away. You could bike down the river trail and get off at Memory/GG Blvd. and eight minutes later be at Thai Nakorn. I'm so, so happy.

                    1. re: Das Ubergeek

                      Wow...I'm impressed (though I shouldn't be by now) by your dedication. Thanks to you & mercadog for your updates/reviews.

                      1. re: Das Ubergeek

                        Hi Das,

                        Thanks for the report back. :) Would you say the dishes you tried are just as good as their other location?

                          1. re: Das Ubergeek

                            I actually think that it is even a little better than their Stanton location...if this is humanly possible! I have eaten at the GG location a number of times this past week and the quality is absolutely revelatory...The owner said that most senior cooks are at the GG location. ..and I believe it! Das Ubergeek is absolutely correct, the Squid is terrific and I crave their mango salad in my dreams...in addition to the BBQ catfish and the Panang and the nam sod and crispy rice and the spicy wild boar with basil and larb muu...and so many other things. Yes, I had lunch there today, and if I could, I would tomorrow as well...it is that good!!

                            1. re: TravelPath

                              What great news! I'll be doing my annual Anaheim Convention Center visit in January and the Garden Grove location is much more convenient than Stanton. Looking forward to trying it again!


                              Thai Nakorn Restaurant
                              12532 Garden Grove Blvd, Garden Grove, CA 92843

                              1. re: mdg

                                Seriously, just open the menu to the specials page, and pick at random. Just skip the steamed fish/seafood cake with coconut milk (the one fail on the whole menu). Don't be weirded out by the lack of prices, nothing is more than about $10 except whole fish, which is $13-$15.

                                1. re: Das Ubergeek

                                  Oh, I've been there several times over the years both in Garden Grove and Stanton. But not as often in Stanton due to the longer drive, which sometimes you just don't feel like doing after a long convention day. The specials page is indeed my main focus.

                                  Das Ubergeek, thanks so much for all of yours and your fellow OC Chowhounds' recommendations over the years. We now have a great set of restaurants to choose from that offer delicious food we can't find up in Silicon Valley within close range of the Anaheim Convention Center. It sure wasn't that way pre-Chowhound days!


                                  1. re: mdg

                                    For those regulars who know the most gracious and kind host/manager Sandy, she informed me last week that next year (2010) will likely be her last year at TN as she is planning on returning to Thailand after living in the States for quite awhile. That news was a major blow to me as Sandy has become a friend ever since she helped me plan a big German Riesling wine tasting/dinner at the original GG building about 8 years ago. So, please stop in (except for January as she won't be there) and say farewell to Sandy sometime in 2010! I will surely miss her.

                                    1. re: Youndo

                                      Yup...Sandy is a gem...and so is Noh for that matter! I don't blame Sandy for wanting to go back to Thailand...she has been building a small resort on her family's land on Koh Samui for a number of years now (she will show you the pictures if you ask her!)...it looks very nice and is very reasonable!! I am ready to go there as well!!...and yes, I will miss Sandy and her big smile as well!!