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good thai in downtown Baltimore?

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admaneats Mar 2, 2010 07:20 AM

anyone have recommendations for good thai in downtown baltimore?

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    edresner Mar 2, 2010 07:46 AM

    Thai Arroy on Light Street in Federal Hill. Small dining room is BYOB. They do great takeout business as well. Everything I've eaten there has been fresh and well prepared, great spices and quality meats and vegetables.

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      jfish Mar 2, 2010 08:10 AM

      My last two lunches at Thai Arroy have been disappointing. Both dishes I ordered were cloyingly sweet. I forget what the first one was but last week I had an overly sweet pad tai. The food was well prepared overwise, but I just can't take that much sweetness. Is it me or have others noticed this trend.

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        edresner Mar 2, 2010 10:37 AM

        In most of the things I order, Med Ma Muang being a favorite, the spicy usually overpowers the sweet. I know someone who thinks their Pad Thai is some of the best she's ever had, but she might prefer sweeter noodles.

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          cainin2000 Mar 4, 2010 08:18 AM

          I have noticed a sweetness in the pad tai and drunken noodles. I think I'll try the Med Ma muang next.

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            wooyeah Sep 20, 2010 10:27 AM

            I definitely have noted the sweetness

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              jvanderh Sep 20, 2010 01:04 PM

              Thai Arroy has been disappointing me lately too. They used to put a delicious coconut sauce on their sticky rice with mango. I've asked for it several times, they say it's on there, but it isn't. I'm not sure if the chef changed or what, but it just isn't as good. It's also always at least several dollars more expensive than the prices listed on their website, which just rubs me the wrong way.

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          lawhound Mar 2, 2010 10:05 AM

          It's been a while, but Ban Thai on North Charles Street, several blocks south of the Monument. Also Thai Landing, just south of Penn Station.

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            lawhound Mar 2, 2010 11:47 AM

            Also, what about Tenosix in Federal Hill? It has been probably two years, but we had a terrific meal there.

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              aubzamzam Mar 4, 2010 07:30 AM

              My Thai in the basement of the Mt. Vernon Donna's (corner of Charles and Madison) is quite good. Service can be spotty, though.

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                TiaMay Sep 16, 2010 07:12 PM

                My Thai was quite good today. We ordered Goong Pik Kaur (shrimp in garlic sauce), Chicken Cashew, Chicken in Roasted Garlic. Everything had a spice level of about 3, but a couple of my guests thought it was too hot.
                The Papaya Salad was really good, but was swimming in dressing. I just held up my serving and let the dressing drip back on to the plate and that was okay. But the papaya was not soggy (yet).

                Service was just a little slow, our sake took forever to arrive. But our server was attentive and very friendly. We will definitely go back.

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                  CharmCityWriter Apr 9, 2011 07:45 PM

                  My Thai is hands down the best in Baltimore but unfortunately it burned down earlier this year. I hope it will reopen in June 2011. If they reopen -- the drunken noodles and the pineapple fried rice are awesome.

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                  My Thai
                  800 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21201

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                  jvanderh Sep 20, 2010 01:02 PM

                  I'm almost sure that I tried to go to 1006 the other day and they were no longer there.

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                    JonParker Sep 20, 2010 08:38 PM

                    There's a new Thai place in the Ten O Six location. I forget the name of it. though. Edit: It's called Thai Yum.

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                      jvanderh Sep 22, 2010 08:29 AM

                      Looks like reviews are mixed, and I think some of the ones I'm reading are actually for Ten O Six. Have you tried it out?

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                        lawhound Sep 22, 2010 09:45 AM

                        I have not been (only when it was named Tenosix and v. good), but it's same chef/owner -- they renamed to refocus on exclusively Thai food vs fusion (but see brunch menu).

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                        Tenosix
                        1006 Light St, Baltimore, MD 21230

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                          edresner Sep 22, 2010 12:39 PM

                          I haven't been since the name change, but when I've eaten at Ten O Six (been treated a few times) I've been more impressed with the presentation of the food and the welcoming staff than I was with the taste of the food.

                          If I had my choice on these occasions I would have gotten up and walked across the street to Thai Arroy. Better food hands down.

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                            jvanderh Oct 4, 2010 01:54 PM

                            Good to know-- thanks.

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                              jvanderh Feb 19, 2011 06:18 PM

                              I ate at Thai Yum today, and was really impressed! The owner/chef was very friendly and described the food with a lot of passion and detail. Appetizer and entrees were good, and the desserts were great.

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