“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.
At Sri Prasert Thai Bar & Grille, locally sourced ingredients are the building blocks for an extensive menu of Thai food. That menu includes staples such as pad thai, which comes with your choice of beef, chicken, pork, tofu, or shrimp, salmon fillets with red curry, and whitefish in a sweet-and-sour glaze. But the menu also has American-influenced items such as popcorn chicken and french fries.
In addition to a long and diverse menu, the eatery presents guests with an appetizing selection of entertainment. Karaoke fills the air seven nights a week, pool tables provoke heated competitions, and a bar refreshes revelers.
Though the big-wave murals and surfboard installations might feel strictly Pacific, Did’s Pizza & Froyo's menu draws from the regional flavors of both American coastlines. The West makes a splash with Hawaiian-style barbecued chicken and spare ribs, and the East coast shows up in the form of hand-tossed New York–style pizzas.
It's also not uncommon to skip straight to dessert at Did's, where self-serve machines invite patrons to fill their cups with 18 flavors of Honey Hill Farms frozen yogurt—six of which can be swirled together—before they shower their selected flavors with any of 52 toppings. The staff also blends up super smoothies teeming with fresh produce and vitamins, such as the Go Green with apples, spinach, bananas, ginger, and multivitamins designed for superheroes. Bubble tea drinks are a toothsome beverage—a yogurt smoothie or a milky iced tea, for example—poured over delightfully chewy tapioca pearls known as boba.
Sala Thai’s aversion to commercial advertising may seem strange at first, but one step inside the restaurant’s bustling dining room shows that its word-of-mouth reputation for piquant curries, stir-fried noodle dishes, and artistic presentations has already spread. Aromatic plates of Thai cuisine arrive at tables still steaming from the heat of the kitchen, where a single chef remains hard at work through lunch and dinner, eschewing pre-packaged ingredients for fresh meats, veggies, and spices. Verdant basil leaves and piquant peppers add their colors to imaginative presentations of meat nestled in pineapple half-shells and tofu encased in the mouths of live dragons. Domestic and Thai beers and locally cultivated wines complement meals and douse the flames of accidental fire-breath.
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.