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Jul 5, 2010 06:04 PM

Thai in Center City?

I have not discovered a good Thai restaurants in Center City. I've found the Thai place in Conshocken to be great and the Thai place in Marlton, NJ to also be good but I have yet to find any place in Center City. Can you recommend?

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  1. Trio in the art museum area is very good. The chef comes from Siris in Cherry Hill.

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    1. re: joluvscards

      yeah, i haven't been to trio in a while, but they're definitely one of the best. i'm also a big fan of erawan at 23rd and sansom and aqua at 7th and chestnut. out of the way, but i liked the place in manayunk - can't recall its name (the BYO, not the street food place with the same owners - haven't tried that one yet). the rest - meh.

      1. re: rabidog

        Chabba Thai is the thai restaurant in Manayunk, and Mango Mooon is the street food/small plates place in manayunk owned by the same folks.

        Personally I work close to Conshohocken, and am underwhelmed with the food at Chiangmai. I find it underspiced, and very ordinary. In the suburbs, Thai L'Elephant, while french thai fusion, is not bad.

        I would say that great Thai food is something the Philadelphia area is lacking, compared to say Washington DC or New York City.

    2. The place in the reading terminal always has a line - what do hounds think of it?

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      1. re: Bigley9

        I think it's cheap and it satisfies my pad thai craving when I have one.

        1. re: Bigley9

          last time i checked it was owned by the same people that own erawan. i eat there now and then, i can chow down on the red curry.

          1. re: rabidog

            Not anymore. I don't know when it happened, but the ownership changed a while back. Unless the flip-flop happened again, the original Erawan owner is no longer with Erawan. Food [at Erawan] is still decent but not great, though I feel like that's always been true.

            Really, Thai in Center City is some sort of crazy trade-off between cheap and good. While I like the prices at Thai Singha house for lunch and enjoy the food, I'd probably not enjoy it nearly as much paying double or triple the price. (Actually, this is true. While living near the bigger restaurant, not the take-out spot in Rittenhouse, I'd only go under duress, but I've been to the take-out place innumerable times.) Same goes for Erawan, Thai Chef & Noodle Fusion, and even the RTM spot.

        2. Not quite Center City, but Lemon Grass in the 3600 block of Lancaster Ave (Powelton Village near Drexel) has good Thai food.

          Reasonably priced. Regular and complete vegetarian menu. Parking nearby. Have a liquor license. Downside: Service is a bit reminiscent of some Chinatown places.

          1. I've been to Tamarind on 2nd and South several times and always enjoyed. Never been to Trio, even though I used to live across the street, but I've always heard good things.

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            1. re: fbtweety

              Seconding Tamarind. Especially like their mock duck dishes. And it's BYOB.

            2. The Thai Noodle House on Chestnut b/t 21st and 22nd is very good.

              Noodle House
              2313 US Highway 1 Ste 4, North Brunswick, NJ 08902

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              1. re: lawgirl3278

                Do you mean Thai Chef & Noodle Fusion between 20th & 21st? That place is solid. They do a 3 course lunch meal (soup, app, main) for like $10. Nice place to have a satisfying sit-down lunch on the cheap.

                1. re: barryg

                  agree, barryg. for take-out, Thai SIngha House to Go on 20th, just past Chestnut, is not bad. Very inexpensive & very satisfying. If you make friends with the chef, he will sometimes make special things for you. My Thai palate is probably not as refined as it should be, but both of those places satisfy my Thai craving when it hits.