What: Pad Thai (in the Walmart shopping center @ Parmer, also in the Mueller Development)
What I Had: Appetizer: Shrimp Spring Rolls stuffed with vermicelli, shrimp, carrots, cilantro, leaf lettuce, and cucumbers. Accompanied by peanut sauce for dipping. Entree: Pineapple Fried Rice with raisins, egg, cashews, pineapple, chicken, carrots, green peas, bell pepper, and onion with a yellow curry seasoning.
What I thought: Delicious! I think one word will suffice to describe this locally owned, humble, strip mall restaurant. Although this was my third trip to the establishment I have yet to actually eat in. This is the result of two things. One, it is a strip mall restaurant with single room dining and poor decor. Two, this is the perfect take-out food, it's close to my house, and it tastes great out of a Styrofoam container.
This time around we had spring rolls since we were splitting the entree. In times past we have forgone the appetizer in favor of each ordering our own entree. We have since learned that it is much easier for us to have portion control and cost control if we just meet in the middle and split something. The one problem with this is that Asian/Oriental food is the one type of food that mine and Claire's taste buds usually disagree on. Luckily we quickly settled on Pineapple Fried rice, with spring rolls to start. The rolls were a good beginning to a tv-watching dinner. They had a good amount of filling that was well balanced and crunchy. They unfortunately did heat up a bit in transportation since they were sitting on top of the steaming rice. I prefer my rolls cold, but, when dipped in the peanut sauce they satisfied that never quieted craving for all things peanut-y. The peanut sauce, although not as amazing as Thai Noodle House's, was good. It had a little bit of kick to it which I was a fan of. For $3.79 they were a bit on the small side but still satisfying.
The Pineapple Fried Rice like I said was DELICIOUS! The fried rice was perfectly cooked and a mixture of textures and flavors that created the perfect take-out meal. Juicy pineapple, chewy raisins, crunchy cashews, and delectable chicken all mixed together with a hint of curry...Perfect. This was my third dish from Pad Thai and I have yet to be disappointed and am continually surprised at the quantity and quality of their dishes. As long as they stay in business, which I fear they need more of, this will probably be my #1 spot for Thai take-out.
On previous trips I have had the Basil Fried Rice and the Gang Keow Wan, both were stellar and both are spicy. I would order either of them again and will probably have to add in the pineapple fried rice to the rotation. The problem is with so many excellent choices I will want to continue to try other things just to make sure I am not missing out on something amazing. Honestly, I am really amazed at this un-assuming restaraunt's ability to put out multiple and subsequent dishes that thrill and satisfy. Next time count me in for the Duck Curry or the Basil Talay (Scallops, shrimp, and mussels in Thai Seasoning). However, Claire has said that the Pad Thai was average. Many yelpers, who informed me of the new location at Mueller, disagree with her and have said they loved the pad thai. Either way I am not a pad thai (the dish, not the restaurant) fan so I am neutral, but, I would be willing to say most things on the menu would be a excellent choice for your next take home meal. Just remember to have a big glass of water next to you because the 2 pepper rating does mean HOT.
9/10: If they had a nice dining room It would be a 10 easily.