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Dec 14, 2009 07:23 AM

Chai's Thai recs? BYOB? [MSP]

I've never been but will be at a show at the Cedar coming up and figured it would be a good excuse to check it out. Any recs? None of the Urbanspoon reviews did much for me...

Also - I've read that they had a BYOB wine and beer policy. Does anyone know if this is still true and if so is there a corkage fee?


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  1. RE: BYO... It is likely still true. Don't know what they charge for corkage, though.

    1. We do this often. No corkage.

      Just a head's up: you may want to bring your own waiters-helper and you might be drinking out of water glasses...but I think it adds to the bohemianess of it all.

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      1. re: Foureyes137

        Food recommendations: Green Papaya Salad, Laab Salad, Pad Ki Mow, Green Curry.

        If they have either the mahi mahi with green curry and thai eggplant special or the pumpkin curry special, get those.

        1. re: Foureyes137

          Pumpkin curry calls to me. Isn't Chai Thai the place that has a sister restaurant on Selby in St. Paul? I wonder if they have it.


          1. re: The Dairy Queen

            Yes - it's called Mango Thai. I second Foureyes's recommendation of the pumpkin curry.

            Chai's Thai Restaurant
            414 1/2 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55454

            Mango Thai Restaurant
            610 Selby Ave, St Paul, MN

      2. Make reservations. The space is tiny.

        I brought beer once, and the waiter stored it in the fridge and served it when I was ready. That was swell, but if everyone did that, it would become a bother.

        Stick to the basics. Spring rolls, noodle dishes and stir fries outshine the curries, salads and soups. The more complicated the flavors, the lower the rate of success, but the ingredients and presentation stand out.

        No pets.