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I have now eaten at Sawitdee four times and been impressed by how carefully everything has been prepared. The chef here, who is Lao, is not just going through the motions. The spice paste is made in house and our waiter , the sister of the chef , was very pleasant and informative. I'm going back again soon.

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  1. Have you been to Viengthong (down MLK near the Mt. Baker light rail stop)? Curious how it compares since that's the other Lao/Thai place I'm familiar with in town.

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    Viengthong
    2820 Martin Luther King Jr Way S, Seattle, WA 98144

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    1. re: terrier

      I actually like Thai Palms for lao food better than Viengthong. Its also on MLK just further south.

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      Thai Palms
      6715 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Seattle, WA

      Viengthong
      2820 Martin Luther King Jr Way S, Seattle, WA 98144

      1. re: terrier

        I haven't tried Viengthong but I intened to. I've been looking for a new place in that area for lunch with my son. I have been to Thai Palms three times and very much enjoyed it, I love their house made Lao sausage and the server is very helpful and friendly.
        The fact that Sawatdee is two blocks from my home is definitely a factor anf I've had time to appreciate the care with which everything is prepared, including the Thai offerings. The room is very pleasant and a good setting for a night out. with friends. Lao beer is available as well.

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        Thai Palms
        6715 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Seattle, WA

        Viengthong
        2820 Martin Luther King Jr Way S, Seattle, WA 98144

      2. Having been to all three, I think that they are all different. Viengthong is the most basic, straightforward, Lao food. It is good, tasty food, but doesn't delve deeply into the Lao side of things. Thai Palms' Lao menu is more extensive, but still simple and rustic, home cooking style. Sawatdee is definitely trying to raise the bar a little bit, make it more 'restaurant-y' for lack of a better word. That said, most of it was still delicious. If I had to pick only one to go to, I think it would be Thai Palms, but it would be a tough decision.

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        Thai Palms
        6715 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Seattle, WA

        Viengthong
        2820 Martin Luther King Jr Way S, Seattle, WA 98144

        1. I thought the name of that new thai restaurant was Savatdee?

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          1. re: soypower

            Yes, sorry for the faulty spelling. I went again this week and had the delicious Lao catfish soup and some flavorful larb with ground chicken, gizzards and hearts.

            1. re: forkit

              I was just confused a little. Glad to know we're talking about the same place. I've been meaning to stop in.

          2. Dropped in to Savatdee with a Laotian friend for dinner and we loved it. We ordered too much for the two of us (thinking we'd bring home leftovers), but sat there and stuffed it all in it was so good! We stuck with the Lao menu and had the Nhem, Papaya Salad and Quail. The Nhem wasn't as good as Viengthong's versio, but the Papaya salad and quail were terrific. They didn't dumb down the spices for us, and the quail was perfectly bbq'd. I can't wait to go back and try more items on their menu.

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            Viengthong
            2820 Martin Luther King Jr Way S, Seattle, WA 98144

            1. I don't know if it's still there, but Tup Tim Thai, on lower Queen Anne used to be outstanding. One of the reasons I miss working in Seattle is because I don't go there any more. I keep trying to find something else that comes close, but it's been 9 years, and I'm still looking.

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              Queen Anne Cafe
              2121 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

              Tup Tim Thai
              118 W Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98119