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best pad thai anyone?

christianearl77 Mar 28, 2010 02:59 PM

asked on thur. no answers. sofar the best ive had is at keo thai in battle ground. eat there often

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    GDub RE: christianearl77 Mar 29, 2010 12:19 AM

    Honestly, I refuse to eat at any of the Thai restaurants here anymore after I contracted food poisoning from 2 different restaurants within 6 months of each other...I make it at home now.

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      cheeseisheaven RE: christianearl77 Mar 29, 2010 10:52 AM

      The Thai restaurants I like are Thai Spoon( in the hood, always fresh) Mai Thai on Belmont, Chaba Thai I really enjoy their lunch, Red Onion on 23rd...was amazing. I always order the noodles without egg, I just don't enjoy the taste, so, I very rarely order Pad Thai. I also had a delicious rice noodle dish at Jade Teahouse in Sellwood, and the peanut sauce that they serve with the salad roll is delicious.

      Thai Spoon
      1334 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214

      Jade Teahouse
      7912 SE 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97202

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        jeff_pdx RE: christianearl77 Mar 30, 2010 01:09 PM

        It's been a long time since I've been there, but Thai Apsara in Beaverton has had a crab pad thai on their menu that was quite good in the past. I would guess it's made only with tamarind in the sauce and no tomato so it doesn't have the red/orange color that is typical. They also have "normal" pad thai on the menu so make sure you order the right one.

        Thai Apsara
        11793 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy, Beaverton, OR 97005

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          StarkRaving RE: christianearl77 Mar 30, 2010 05:20 PM

          I'm convinced that most of the pad thai in Portland is actually made in a huge underground factory and it gets piped in to the legion of thai restaurants... They just turn on the pad thai faucet and it comes glopping out onto a plate.

          No seriously, Mai Thai on Belmont is above average, so is Sweet Basil on Broadway (though I haven't been there in a while), and also the other place on Belmont a few blocks west of Mai Thai across from La Calaca Comelone, I can't remember the name. And these are just a little above mediocre, not outstanding, although it can be great comfort food sometimes. A lot of the places I used to think were good have gone way downhill, and yet new Thai restaurants keep opening up. There isn't a single one on upper Hawthorn worth setting foot in anymore. And the puns just. keep. getting. worse. and. worse.

          (Actually, Mai Thai is a few notches above average: there's a great chandelier, and that unperturbable deep-voiced waitress makes me blush like I must be doing something naughty with the food. But it's OK, because she's seen it all before. Yowza!)

          If you want a crazy experience, though not necessarily the greatest food, go to Sivalaya on Stark. My friend, my friend, welcome to paradise! It's on the house!

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            christianearl77 RE: christianearl77 Mar 30, 2010 09:34 PM

            thanx to responses.definetly none with tomato products.
            well have have to check some of these out

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              christianearl77 RE: christianearl77 Mar 30, 2010 09:36 PM

              i know pok pok doesnt have pad thai. but is it worth a 50 min drive?

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                Shorteelan RE: christianearl77 Apr 1, 2010 08:39 PM

                Chaba Thai or Thai Orchid

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                  thesnowyday RE: Shorteelan Apr 3, 2010 03:54 PM

                  I'm not a Thai or pad thai expert, but we enjoy E-San downtown.

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                    mmerino RE: thesnowyday Apr 28, 2010 09:13 AM

                    I can second E-San. They do a tasty homemade sausage. I SAW the pad thai and it looked nice & smelled good.

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                      GDub RE: mmerino May 9, 2010 08:38 PM

                      I ATE the pad thai and I did not look good or smell nice afterward. No joke.

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                  TheJpod RE: christianearl77 Apr 10, 2010 10:46 PM

                  Tuk Tuk. There is one on N Lombard and NE Freemont. I have only been to the one in NoPo and they have really good chicken pad thai. They use real chicken instead of that nasty breaded mystery meat. Everything else I have had there has been really good.

                  Tuk Tuk
                  4239 NE Fremont St, Portland, OR 97213

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                    jeff_pdx RE: TheJpod Apr 12, 2010 01:09 PM

                    "Nasty breaded mystery meat" in pad thai? You mean fried tofu?

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                    jmy RE: christianearl77 Apr 13, 2010 10:39 AM

                    I haven't tried a lot of pad thai's out there but Typhoon (3 locations) makes a great one. There's one on SW Broadway, NW 23rd and one in Beaverton.

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                      kma_pdx RE: jmy Apr 17, 2010 05:49 PM

                      +1 for Typhoon. It's my fave Thai, though I can't remember specifically if I've had the pad thai there. The NW 23rd location is more intimate and has attentive service, the downtown location has a nice atmosphere and is also connected to a cute bar called Bo's that is the same owner I believe.

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                        MSK RE: jmy Apr 22, 2010 08:09 AM

                        Visiting Portland from SF and got hungry on the way out of Urban Outfitters. Typhoon (NW23rd) was right next door and calling our names.

                        We were impressed with their pad thai and lettuce cups for lunch.

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                        pizzafiend RE: christianearl77 Apr 19, 2010 07:00 PM

                        One restaurant that doesn't get mentioned here often but has excellent food is Kesone Thai Bistro at 26th and NE Sandy. My wife loves pad thai and has tried it at many of the restaurants listed here but still likes Kesone best. In addition to Thai food they also have several Laotian specialties on the menu which I think are the best items they serve.

                        Thai Bistro
                        8292 SW Nyberg St, Tualatin, OR 97062

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                          JillO RE: pizzafiend Apr 27, 2010 05:20 PM

                          And the folks that own Kesone are sooooo nice...

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                          boerewors RE: christianearl77 May 9, 2010 07:32 PM

                          I like Swansee (sp) Food Cart on 10th/Alder.

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                            MichaelG RE: christianearl77 May 9, 2010 08:47 PM

                            I did a taste test once among a bunch of places, and the one that came out on top was Pepper Tree on Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy in Raleigh Hills. Squeeze the lime all over and you're in heaven!

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                              tjmcwhiskers RE: christianearl77 Aug 3, 2010 12:03 AM

                              Red Onion on 23rd had some seriously good Pad Thai. I had the shrimp, it was fantastic.

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