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Very good lunch at Thai House (Santa Rosa)

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I was in downtown Santa Rosa about 11:30 this morning without my chowhound-derived cheat sheet and decided to just walk along and see what appealed to me for lunch. I almost missed the sign for Thai House because its storefront is only a narrow doorway leading to a flight of stairs, but it got my curiosity aroused and I walked up to the restaurant. I had their Holy Basil from the regular (non-lunch-special) menu, "Sauteed fresh garlic, carrots, onion, bell pepper, zucchini, mushrooms, green beans, bamboo shoots, baby corn and sweet basil" (whew) with chicken (pork, beef, and tofu also offered) and brown rice. It came quickly, beautifully arranged, piping hot, and plentiful. It was very good, with the sparkling flavors of Thai food, and medium hot to my taste. I liked it very much and will stop back when I've up there again to try something else.

Both the young-woman owner and the chef were very gracious. The owner said the restaurant had been there for 15 years but that she became the owner a year ago. I was early for lunch and it was Monday; I was the only customer there when I left just before 12. This place deserves to be tried by any lover of Thai food so you can make up your own mind. The place itself could use some refurbishing but hey, in this economy I see why it's not upgraded and that's OK with me.

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Thai House
525 4th St, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

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  1. Thanks for the tip Mick!

    Always looking for another (more casual) Thai place than, say, Sea Thai Bistro in Santa Rosa.

    JB

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    1. re: Jeni Bean

      Aroon Thai Market on Cleveland Ave. recently started serving cooked food. I haven't been there to try it yet so I won't start a new thread about it. The owner/chef Jackie Bentall owned Lotus Thai restaurant on the square in Healdsburg for several years, then started Bangkok Thai restaurant in the Cleveland Ave location before turning it into an Asian market. She loves to cook and just started that at the market. I don't know if all the menu items on the website are served. Give it a try. It will definitely be casual :-) (Full disclosure - Jackie is a friend of mine.)

      http://aroonthaimarket.com

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      Aroon Thai Market
      2770 Cleveland Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95403

    2. I have not tried Thai House in Santa Rosa; however, find Tomi Thai in nearby Windsor to be FANTASTIC!! Honestly, this is some of the best Asian grub I have tried in the area!!

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      Thai House
      525 4th St, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

      Tomi Thai Restaurant
      426 Emily Rose Cir, Windsor, CA 95492