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Chai's Thai recs? BYOB? [MSP]

mplsean Dec 14, 2009 07:23 AM

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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    Brad Ballinger RE: mplsean Dec 14, 2009 08:32 AM

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

    1. Foureyes137 RE: mplsean Dec 14, 2009 08:34 AM

      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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        Foureyes137 RE: Foureyes137 Dec 16, 2009 12:28 PM

        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.

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          The Dairy Queen RE: Foureyes137 Dec 16, 2009 03:51 PM

          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.


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            bob s RE: The Dairy Queen Dec 16, 2009 05:40 PM

            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

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        kevin47 RE: mplsean Dec 15, 2009 10:27 AM

        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.

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