At Suan Thai Bistro, chefs introduce guests to the diverse and flavorful cuisine of Thailand, treating them to a spread of noodles, coconut-milk curries, and salads made with fresh veggies, pork, poultry, beef, and seafood. Nestled into cozy chairs of dark, varnished wood and black leather, guests feast on plates of papaya salad, pad thai noodles, or spicy red, green, and yellow curries. Paintings and statues of Buddha, leafy tropical plants, and lotus petals infuse the dining space with Southeast Asian accents, while walls colored in a dusty earth-toned orange and soft, warm light promote a sense of calm. Each dish is a blend of bright colors and rich textures, with slices of mango, morsels of duck, and steamed spinach and bell peppers peacefully cohabiting with lime garnishes, crushed peanuts, or scoops of rice noodles.
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The first IHOP—the dream of founders Al and Jerry Lapin—opened in 1958 in Toluca Lake, California, and was originally dubbed the International House of Pancakes. Since then, rapid expansion has led to myriad milestones across the company's colorful history, from introducing its modern IHOP acronym in 1973 to its 1,000th restaurant opening in Layton, Utah, in 2001.
Today, the company stands strong with around 1,500 locations across North and Central America, each one an enthusiastic dispenser of pancakes, french toast, and tables constructed entirely out of bacon. Though IHOP is known as a bastion of breakfast, it also stays open during the day and into the evening, delivering lunch and dinner as well.
?It?s exciting, we want people to come and try another culture?s food," said Matavee Burgess in an interview in the Spokesman-Review. Matavee, a native of southern Thailand, and husband Tom own the four outposts of Thai Bamboo, and serve up a menu of authentic cuisine made from fresh, healthy ingredients. Each restaurant is carefully adorned with decor that transports guests to Thailand, from bamboo-lined walls to hand-made statues and custom-made tables featuring Thai carvings. Diners can count on classic dishes such as phad thai and coconut curries, in addition to a wealth of seafood and vegetarian entrees.
Chef Ramiro Urbina is no stranger to Chinese cuisine. Working for restaurants such as Panda Express, Flaming Wok, and PF Changs, Urbina honed his skills before becoming the chef and owner of Happy Dragon Express.
Each of Happy Dragon’s classic Chinese favorites—such as kung pao chicken, mongolian beef, and fortune cookies crammed with lines from The Karate Kid—is made daily from fresh, flavorful ingredients. Customers can gather their lunch or dinner into a convenient to-go box, or kick back at a table and watch TV inside the cozy restaurant.
Amid the colorful, bright interior of Tres Fiestas—with its lush green plants and warm orange walls—the food is just as vibrant. Chefs sizzle fajitas and prepare tender, saucy enchiladas, or they whip up specials including the chicken carnitas, shrimp sautéed in red wine, and pork simmered in a green tomatillo sauce, as well as, enchiladas del mar and enchiladas a la crema and rellenos. Open for both lunch and dinner, the kitchen team keeps the stoves hot from 11a.m. to 9p.m., daily.