Inside Thai Kitchen's sunny dining room, flat-screen TVs hang on yellow walls above diners feasting on noodles topped with peanuts and meats slathered in curry. Servers emerge from the kitchen holding plates of pad thai, spicy red curry, and steamed mussels aloft.
White tablecloths, elegant place settings, and walls hung with ornate carvings inspired the Riverfront Times to describe Addie's Thai House as "a cocoon of comfort?even elegance?hidden in a Chesterfield strip mall." It's Addie's creative cuisine, though, that won it the publication's 2011 Best Thai Restaurant award and effusive praise: "Without question, one of St. Louis' best Thai restaurants." The spot's chefs concoct top-notch renditions of classics such as pad thai and panang curry, but the house specialties are what set this destination apart. Slices of saut?ed duck float in red curry with pineapple and sweet basil, and french-ribbed racks of lamb are cut into chops and bathed in savory basil sauce.
Libations are a draw, too, and not only because they instill patrons with enough courage to burst into a cappella song and dance. The bartenders mix decadent ingredients into their signature cocktails, such as the brandy alexander with Kahl?a, dark cr?me de cacao, brandy, and ice cream.
Drawing on his Thai heritage and more than 20 years of experience behind the grill, Executive Chef Manop Vasant showcases the flavors and traditions of Southeast Asia while sizzling up morsels of meat and veggies behind tableside hibachi grills. Chefs showboat as they slice, dice, and sizzle up patrons' meals and incriminating photographs across the hot iron griddles. Kitchen cooks whip up rice noodles and curry, and sushi chefs coil thin, sashimi-style slices of tuna, avocado, and cucumber in edible rice and seaweed cylinders.
The culinary gurus at Thip’s Thai Cuisine blend pineapple, chili paste, and basil while churning out 50+ authentic curries, noodle entrees, and rice specialties. Patrons choose among chicken, pork, and tofu for nearly every dish, and upgrade to beef or shrimp to infuse their plates with a classic surf-and-turf vibe. Knives chop fresh veggies such as bell peppers, carrots, and green onions, which pile atop rice noodles and play water polo in steaming coconut milk.
To the staff of The Grand Cafe, a meal isn't just a time to eat; it's a chance to make a memory. That's why they get excited when their dining room gets a little loud?it means people are having a good time. And in that dining room, which is capped by the building's original tin tiles and grounded by beautiful hardwood floors, groups buzz over Italian-style dishes such as potato-crusted salmon in a roma-tomato sauce and carbonara pasta with wild mushrooms. There's a lunch menu as well, because apparently afternoons are not immune to hunger, and a full bar with hand-selected wine varietals and infused vodkas. And thanks to these rotating vodkas and seasonal dishes, it's likely your meal will be exactly what the staff hoped it would be?memorable.
The sea is all around at House of Thai. A tapestry of a merman-esque mythological character beams down on one table, a sea dragon slithers down a wooden post behind another, and seascapes float across the walls. Then, of course, is the menu, with its concise selection of maki, ranging from spicy salmon to a classic california roll to a saint louis roll filled with tuna, avocado, cucumber, pickled radish, and masago—all the foods that appear on St. Louis’s municipal flag. They also offer creamy curry, seafood-enriched fried rice, and daring dishes such as garlic and pepper frog legs.