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Thai in Charlotte?

staceyinNC Feb 25, 2010 07:06 AM

Any recommendations for good, fresh, authentic Thai food in or near Charlotte? Thanks!

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  1. southernitalian RE: staceyinNC Feb 25, 2010 11:50 AM

    My favorite Thai restaurant in Charlotte is Monsoon on South Blvd. 2nd is Thai Taste on East. Thai Orchid on Providence (Strawberry Hill) will do. I've recently discovered a restaurant in Pineville (by Lowe's) called Viet Thai Noodle House. I have gotten pho every time I've gone but others with me have ordered off the Thai menu and have said good things about it.

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    1. re: southernitalian
      billyjack RE: southernitalian Feb 25, 2010 09:21 PM

      Monsoon and Thai Taste are both great. Thai House in the Tower Place shopping center is very good (a lot better than the previous Thai House that was across the way).
      Thai Thai on East. Blvd. is take-out only but excellent.

      1. re: southernitalian
        lynnlato RE: southernitalian Feb 26, 2010 03:23 AM

        SI, you don't care for Bangkok Ocha in Carmel Commons Shopping Center? I think it is superior to Thai House which has previously had issues with health inspection grades. Bangkok Ocha has great service and wonderful lunch specials.

        Thai Taste is such a pain to get in and out of.

        A new Thai restaurant is slated to open in March in Blakeney shopping center where Sugar Magnolia used to be. It's called Blue Basil and is owned by the same dude who owns the Sushi 101 places in town.

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          HungryGrayCat RE: lynnlato Feb 26, 2010 04:41 AM

          There's a place called Blue Basil in the Cotswold shopping center but it's a lousy soup/salad/sandwich place. I wonder if it's related somehow?

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            lynnlato RE: HungryGrayCat Feb 27, 2010 03:50 AM

            There was no mention of a connection between them in the article I read in the CO. The one in Cotswold is spelled "Blu Basil", no "e". :)

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              southernitalian RE: lynnlato Mar 3, 2010 08:19 AM

              Gee, that's not confusing. Blu Basil in Cotswold just got a not-so-enthusiastic review in the Observer. I hope Blue Basil has more luck. It might solely because there really isn't and Thai down there. And there's not much else in that shopping center.

              1. re: southernitalian
                billyjack RE: southernitalian Mar 3, 2010 10:47 AM

                So they are naming themselves the exact same name of an existing restaurant (minus an 'e').

                Not to mention Basil Thai Restaurant downtown.

                Which is not too far from Blue Restaurant downtown.

                All a short Lynx ride away from Basil's Restaurant on Old Pineville.

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                  carolinadawg RE: billyjack Mar 3, 2010 10:57 AM

                  Not to mention that Lynx is the Blue Line! LOL

                2. re: southernitalian
                  lynnlato RE: southernitalian Mar 3, 2010 03:21 PM

                  It's all a recipe for disaster. However, the masses are difficult to please down here in suburbia. :-( Waaaaah....

                  It is a dumb name, if I may say so...

                3. re: lynnlato
                  southernitalian RE: lynnlato May 16, 2011 10:26 AM

                  Did this place eventually open or reopen as Thai 1st (seemingly when it realized there was another restaurant with almost the same name)? We went to Thai 1st, across the street from the Blakeney shopping center on Saturday during the day. I asked our server how long it had been open and he said a year and a few months. I didn't think those shops on the that side of Rea (near Best Buy) were open much longer than that so if Sugar Magnolia was ever there, it must have been short lived.

                  We ordered "lettuce cups" as a starter. Our server brought us one plate (we're used to two; one for the lettuce leaves and another with the friend noodles underneath the chicken/shrimp mixture, called mee crob on most Thai menus in town). We received a very narrow wedge of iceberg, much too small to use as cups. There was a small scoop of noodles, not fried, and a small scoop of chicken, cashews and vegetables in large chunks. Much too chunky to have put into a lettuce cup even if the cup was normal sized. We divided the dish and just ate it with chop sticks. Just okay.

                  We also ordered two entrees. Again, okay but nothing spectacular. The veggies in my friends dish definitely looked frozen. There were no lunch specials on the menu. Soups were only available in sizes for two and started at $10. Along with two diet cokes, our order came to $44 (plus a generous tip because our server was great and the food misses were not his fault). Way, way too much for lunch out in Blakeney. I am surprised this place is still opened although they were advertising a lot of drink specials throughout the week so maybe it's doing most of its business at night as a bar. LL, that's your neck of the woods. Have you been?

                  1. re: southernitalian
                    lynnlato RE: southernitalian May 17, 2011 12:51 PM

                    I don't think it'll be long before this one bites the dust. I went once because a neighbor said they really enjoyed it but I didn't expect much - I mean how could we possibly have decent Thai in Blakeney? It just didn't seem possible. And I was underwhelmed and wrote it off along with the other restaurants in Blakeney. My understanding is it opened as Thai Basil or something like that and then no long after switched ownership and that is what prompted the name change.

                    Thai Basil
                    227 W State St, Black Mountain, NC 28711

              2. re: lynnlato
                southernitalian RE: lynnlato Feb 26, 2010 05:27 AM

                I park down the street from Thai Taste. It's a death trap trying to pull out backwards onto east Blvd. I do like Bangkok Ocha but I'm rarely over there.

                1. re: lynnlato
                  billyjack RE: lynnlato Feb 27, 2010 07:10 AM

                  I try to like Bangkok Ocha because they are very nice but I find the food somewhat tame, not just in heat but overall flavors.

                  Judging by the sushi at 101, I don't think I'd be motivated to go to a Thai place from the same owners.

                  1. re: billyjack
                    lynnlato RE: billyjack Feb 27, 2010 02:39 PM

                    "Judging by the sushi at 101, I don't think I'd be motivated to go to a Thai place from the same owners."

                    My sentiments exactly. Sadly, you can't expect much in suburbia.

                    As for Bangkok Ocha, I guess different strokes for different folks. Funny thing is I always thought of Thai House as tame and kind of dumbed down for western palates.

                    1. re: lynnlato
                      billyjack RE: lynnlato Feb 28, 2010 11:02 AM

                      I would've agreed with you about Thai House until I revisited about 2 weeks ago and was pleasantly surprised.

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                      GodfatherofLunch RE: billyjack Mar 2, 2010 06:46 AM

                      When and how did sushi 101 and Thai taste become connected? Are u sure this is correct?
                      IMHO Sushi 101 = not so hot
                      Thai Taste = I like a lot! They serve a crispy duck Pad Thai that is one of my favs. dishes.

                      1. re: GodfatherofLunch
                        billyjack RE: GodfatherofLunch Mar 2, 2010 08:54 PM

                        I think you might be misunderstanding my (or someone else's) comments.

                        Sushi 101 is indeed not so hot; if I have a choice I don't eat there. Apparently the owner is opening a "Thai" place in Blakeney. Who knows, maybe it will work. But I'll wait until someone I trust tells me its good :-).

                        Thai Taste owns their own restaurants and is good as ever.

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                  hazardnc RE: staceyinNC Mar 2, 2010 07:24 AM

                  We often get takeout from Thai Orchid. I think Thai Orchid does a pretty good job. Monsoon is also pretty good. However, we recently tried takeout from Thai Thai Takeout in Dilworth Commons (next to Outback Steakhouse). I think this is by far the freshest tasting Thai food I have had in Charlotte. Sadly, they are not open for lunch because I would love to run out there during the week days

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                  1. re: hazardnc
                    billyjack RE: hazardnc Mar 2, 2010 09:02 PM

                    I love Thai Thai. Its probably my favorite. They used to serve lunch and I would eat there once or twice a week, but apparently business wasn't good enough (or they got tired!) and they stopped lunch service. I no longer work in the neighborhood so I hardly get there anymore. You can truly tell the flavors and ingredients aren't "dumbed down". Real galangal, fresh chilis, and dried shrimp, oh my! I could really go for a green papaya salad and pad kee mao right about now....

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                    criegel RE: staceyinNC Mar 3, 2010 12:51 PM

                    My favorite is Thai taste (all locations), but I really haven't gone to many of the others. They have great lunch specials, as Thai food here is pretty expensive here, and are really friendly.
                    I lived in Bangkok for about seven months, where food is always spectacular, and the food is just great at Thai Taste too.

                    My suggestion for great Thai places is to make sure that the people are Thai or Laotian. That's not to say other people can't make great Thai food, but in my experience, they really know how it's done right.

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                    1. re: criegel
                      lynnlato RE: criegel Mar 3, 2010 03:23 PM

                      Wait a minute... Thai people know how to make great Thai food? What a revelation!

                      Sorry, I couldn't resist. :)

                    2. waitress RE: staceyinNC Mar 6, 2010 08:11 AM

                      My favorite place is Siam Garden on Whitehall Park Dr. across the street from Ayrsley on Tryon. I have been a couple of times, it's my new favorite.
                      3607 Whitehall Park Dr # X ยท Charlotte
                      (704) 583-4414

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                        billyjack RE: staceyinNC Mar 12, 2010 04:33 AM

                        I just ate at Thai House again (in the Tower Place shopping center on 51). And again it was fantastic. I don't know what changed there, or when, but I highly recommend giving it a try if you haven't been there in a while. I was there for lunch and when I asked for my curry "very spicy" it was prepared with fresh peppers which is always a pleasant surprise.

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                          mcap RE: billyjack Mar 12, 2010 07:10 AM

                          We go to Thai House in Pineville a lot, and it is always a good meal.

                          I am stuck on the Gulf of Siam dish - mussels, whitefish, scallops, shrimp, and squid in a light but spicy broth with fresh vegetables. Can't stop ordering it....

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                            kathleen purvis RE: mcap Mar 12, 2010 09:22 AM

                            I'm curious why no one suggested Basil uptown, other than to mention the name confusion.

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                              southernitalian RE: kathleen purvis Mar 12, 2010 10:15 AM

                              I think Basil is way too expensive. Really small portions, spotty service. Not authentic. Too many other good options.

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                                billyjack RE: kathleen purvis Mar 12, 2010 07:08 PM

                                I've never eaten there, mainly because I've honestly not had anyone tell me to go there :-). I sometimes work uptown, but its a bit too expensive for lunch. I guess I forget about it when dinner comes around.

                                1. re: billyjack
                                  ThaiNut RE: billyjack Dec 12, 2010 08:44 AM

                                  My (Thai) wife and I were in Charlotte for the weekend for the USATF 10K championships so we ate at the Thai Taste branch in Matthew's. Absolutely superb! We got the laab mentioned on the special board, the beef salad (Yam Nua) and the Pad Thai. All were excellent and my wife thought that the laab was the best she'd ever had. Portions were large and service was excellent. The cook on duty was Lao not Thai, and he obviously had not modified the dishes as so many Thai restaurants think is necessary to accommodate the western palate. The food was great and authentic.

                          2. waitress RE: staceyinNC Dec 18, 2010 03:50 PM

                            I am trying to do a blog on coupon dining and visiting restaurants that I might not go to regularly, we did a Russian roulette pick the other day and discovered Makong. We ordered it all the way, five star Thai hot! drunken noodles and green curry. What a great surprise visit! Really good food and friendly, sincere service.

                            7030 Smith Corners Blvd
                            Ste C-D
                            Charlotte, NC 28269

                            (704) 596-3333

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                              ncsfry RE: staceyinNC Jan 21, 2011 04:54 PM

                              I am a Thai native and I would recommend: Monsoon, Thai Taste on East Blvd and Matthews, Thai House on Harris Blvd., Thai Orchid. If you like Authentic Larb with Sticky ice, Viet Thai in Pineville (across from Lowe's is the only restaurant that makes it authentic and hot enough for me. The Chef at Viet Thai is actually Laotian and is the only Chef that put slice lemon grass in Larb and also use lots of fresh Mint leaves the way it is made in Thailand.

                              Thai Taste
                              324 East Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28203

                              Thai Orchid
                              1822 Catawba Valley Blvd SE, Hickory, NC 28602

                              Thai House
                              5592 Whitesville Rd Ste I, Columbus, GA 31904

                              1. southernitalian RE: staceyinNC Apr 26, 2013 11:40 AM

                                I met some friends at Monsoon yesterday and was surprised to see the outside spruced up with potted plants. Inside looked a little different as well. Different wall coverings then usual. We were seated by a waitress I didn't recognize. Actually, I didn't recognize anyone. I started to get nervous when I was handed an unfamiliar menu. All menu items were the same but the menu itself was bright green and brand new. Food (pad woon sen) was as delicious as always. But I'm curious, did it change hands? Thankfully, still my favorite Thai in Charlotte.

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