A Black Thai Affair
Thai Kitchen is a great little Thai take out place located in the outskirts of 100 Oaks. It is across the busy street from the Wendy's and next door the the 12 Oaks Motel on Brandsford. I think it is in the same building as a Subway. But I do know that it is in the old Rice Bowl location. The owner is Thai and used to cook at the Siam Cuisine on White Bridge years ago, when Siam was the best Thai food in Nashville. She saved her hard earned money and moved on out on her own.
A co-worker of Matt's was born in Thailand, and at one time he moonlighted at Siam Cuisine with the owner of Thai Kitchen. He said that her cooking was the real deal, and reminded him of home. When she quit Siam, he quit too because it was not going to be the same.
With his resounding endorsement, about having authentic Thai food, I had to try the Thai Kitchen. For now, I have to say that this is my favorite Thai takeout place, and it is fairly close to where I live, so it is convenient to me. The food that I have gotten here are the tom ka soups which are awesome! I have gotten a mushroom and baby bok choy dish which Thai kitchen uses a type of dried Chinese mushrooms and it tastes like my grandmother cooked this dish, it is that authentic East Asian. I have also gotten Pad Thai and beef in peanut sauce. I think she makes her own Pad Thai and peanut sauce because they taste real, unlike some of that industrial made corn syrupy fake sauce stuff.
The place does not look like much, and the A/C seemed to be broken all summer. But then again, most awesome hole-in-the-wall East Asian eateries in Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York all seem to be a bit shabby looking, have an HVAC problem, but deliver awesome authentic chow. This places kind of reminds me of a hole-in-the-wall basement restaurant in New York I went to. Couldn't tell you the name, but it rocked. Thai Kitchen is cheap, fresh and some of the dishes are quite authentic. It saves my hunger in a pinch when I don't want to cook.
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