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Thai in Contra Costa

WCFoodie Jan 13, 2011 11:05 AM

Looking for any recent Thai discoveries on the East side of the Caldecott....Plearn in Walnut Creek is popular, but a far cry from anything in SF, Oakland or Berkeley. Went to Amarin Thai twice recently in Lafayette and it was extremley disappointing (lackluster food, nothing with legitimate heat, too watered down in general). I love Soi Four in Rockridge (even though I realize it is not as truly authentic as some choices in SF), but have found nothing close farther East. Anyone have any suggestions??

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    Janet Jan 13, 2011 10:40 PM

    Martinez has two great Thai places: Lemongrass and I don't remember the other's name. It is across from the old Amtrak Station.

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      Lindarita Jan 14, 2011 09:13 AM

      I love, love, love Lemongrass Bistro. Wonderfully fresh food, bright flavors, nice atmosphere. I haven't had anything there with a lot of heat, but they are very accommodating so I'm sure they could spice it up for you.

      Lemongrass Bistro
      501 Main St, Martinez, CA 94553

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      cwujd1 Jan 13, 2011 11:35 PM

      I think you'll have to beg them to make food really hot in CoCoCo if that's how you want it. Restaurants wouldn't be able to stay in business if their "default level" of heat was very spicy. I think the best Thai food in the county is at Thai Osha in a strip mall on Contra Costa Blvd. in Pleasant Hill. Very fresh ingredients and their sauces aren't as cloyingly sweet as at Amarin or Plearn.

      Thai Osha Restaurant
      1968 Contra Costa Blvd, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

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        Ian F Jan 14, 2011 09:24 AM

        Thai House is Danville is outstanding. Wonderful vibrant flavors.

        Thai House Restaurant
        254 Rose Ave, Danville, CA 94526

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          WCFoodie Jan 14, 2011 03:06 PM

          Excellent suggestions, thanks! I have been to Thai Osha in Pleasant Hill a few times, and although it was good for a while, I thought it had slipped on our last visit. Three Thai in PH was good also, but I just might try Lemongrass, as I have read about that one elsewhere also.

          Thai Osha Restaurant
          1968 Contra Costa Blvd, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

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            WCFoodie Jan 22, 2011 10:46 AM

            Do Sit Thai in Palos Verdes Mall is where we ended up. Since I was dining with some friends who don't want the heat cranked up too high, we didn't order it to be anything out of the ordinary. Everything was quite tasty, although I did find the sauces to be a bit too sweet overall. A crispy whole fish (tilapia) in a sweet and spicy sauce and fried calamari and fried fish cakes were standouts. The red Beef Panang Curry was excellent, although I would like to try it with more heat. Mixed seafood sauteed with noodles was pretty good. Green curry with seafood was a bit disappointing. I would say this place is good for CC County, perhaps a cut above Amarin and a few others, but probably not better than Thai Osha.

            Thai Osha Restaurant
            1968 Contra Costa Blvd, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

            DO Sit Thai Cuisine
            1520 Palos Verdes Mall, Walnut Creek, CA 94597

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