Local meats, fresh veggies, and imported spices enhance the traditional Thai and Japanese food at Surin of Thailand. Chefs manipulate yellow, red, and green curry dishes with splashes of coconut milk, citrus juice, or peanuts, and they marinate select meats overnight before slow-roasting them until they’re tender enough to fall apart when looked at. To ensure a sushi menu that’s just as authentic as the Thai dishes, many of the restaurant’s chefs train in Japan under the tutelage of sushi masters. The result is a menu of more than 20 varieties of sushi and nigiri, many of which feature pan-Asian flourishes such as plum sauce and drizzles of panang curry.
The culinary artisans at Phuket Thai Restaurant sling a menu of Thai cuisine and sushi rolls as colorful as the eatery's yellow and red walls. Coconut milk–infused curries and noodle dishes share plate real estate with house specialties such as roasted duck curry and spicy catfish, as well as more than 25 sushi rolls packed with fresh seafood and vegetables. Steaming pans also sizzle gluten-free and vegetarian entrees, and chefs gladly accommodate requests for varying levels of spice and sentience. Asian artwork dots the walls throughout the dining room, lending to an overall vibe of soothing east-Asian calm.
Thai Heaven enraptures palates with a plentiful menu of authentic dishes served in a stylish, exotic setting. Color-coordinate outfits with traditional specialties such as green curry—a spicy concoction of bell peppers, green beans, basil leaves, and bamboo strips—and mild yellow curry, with potatoes and onions ($7.74+ lunch, $10.50+ dinner). The drunken noodle entree—rice noodles fried and stirred with jalapeños, onions, bell peppers, and sweet basil—weaves enticingly around the room before stumbling headfirst into diners’ mouths ($7.74+ lunch, $10.50+ dinner). Thai Heaven's Virginia Avenue location complements cooked fare with a wide-ranging sushi menu, allowing mouths to house fishy inhabitants such as the Super Crunch, tempura topped with smoked salmon and eel sauce ($8.50), the spicy tuna roll ($8.50), or pieces of nigiri and sashimi ($3.95–$6).
Tin Drum's expert chefs serve up a menu of healthful Asian street fare packed with Thai, Japanese, Chinese, and Vietnamese flavors. Diners can warm up taste buds with hot-and-sour soup ($3.00), and then move on to solid offerings such as street-style teriyaki-chicken tacos ($2.75) as spicy as the workplace romances at a pepper-making factory. Diners can devour the eatery's self-titled Tin Drum dish, a creamy helping of chili-garlic-coconut curry sprinkled with toasted peanuts and blanketed over a bed of crispy tempura chicken ($7.75). Chefs craft fried rice with pineapple ($7.75) and fire up a wok to stir-fry classic pad thai ($7.75). Customers enter or playfully tickle their orders into the interface of a self-serve kiosk, which grants the power to plan meals by caloric content and dietary preferences such as gluten-free or vegetarian.
Founded in Harahan, Louisiana, by a trio of restaurateur pals in 1997, Zea Rotisserie & Grill champions the tastes of the American South across its 11 locations. Barbecued ribs and étouffée join the restaurant's signature rotisserie entrees, which slow-roast chicken, rib eye, and a rotating selection of pork, veal, and beef slathered with herb glacés or au jus. A specialty menu takes Zea's roots-centric recipes even further, revisiting classic New Orleans meals of pasta jambalaya, fried catfish with remoulade, and battered Mardi Gras beads. Zea Rotisserie & Grill also caters special events.
Amid Mei Wei Asian Bistro's varnished hardwood furnishings and potted greenery, colorful dishes celebrate culinary traditions from across China and Southeast Asia. Fresh salads, saucy noodle dishes, and flavorful rice plates come alive with the tastes of thai peppers and curries, and like an auto-tuned reading of the Spring and Autumn Annals, the tempting bill of fare culminates with modern takes on Asian classics, such as crispy lettuce chicken wraps. Guests lay down a tasty base for most meals with their choice of chicken, beef, tofu, or shrimp, and then chefs fill out dishes with fresh veggies and rich seasonings and sauces