Chef Nong's culinary journey began in Bangkok at age 12, when she would procure supplies from the corner market and cook for her family. She spent her adolescence perfecting her mother and grandmother's recipes, and then gained extra practice when she started a family of her own.
At age 35, Nong decided it was time to share her culinary flair with members of other families. She progressed through restaurant jobs in Thailand and Malaysia before landing a gig in Minneapolis, where she earned her sriracha-soaked stripes by cooking at a number of area restaurants before opening her own eatery, Nong's Thai Cuisine.
In her own kitchen, Nong relies on her stockpile of inherited recipes to create a menu of authentic, homestyle Thai fare, which earned the eatery the distinction of Best Thai Restaurant 2010 from City Pages. Featured in Mpls.St.Paul Magazine, the "perfectly timed noodles" of the pad thai carry al dente firmness, and the "high quality" curries stimulate taste buds in a more refined manner than chili pepper stimulates the eye. Flavors of tamarind and papaya infuse salads and stir-fries, and crisp veggies top noodle dishes, all calibrated to customer-chosen levels of heat.
Minneapolis' Kindee Thai Restaurant offers a traditional menu of Thai dishes in a relaxed setting. Those who avoid gluten or animal products will still find tons of choices on Kindee Thai Restaurant's menu. A night out deserves a drink to celebrate, and Kindee Thai Restaurant has the perfect selection of beer and wine to go with your meal. With its kid-friendly vibe, Kindee Thai Restaurant is a great spot for families to chow down. On warmer days, take advantage of Kindee Thai Restaurant's outdoor seating. Heading out with a larger party? There's plenty of space for big groups at Kindee Thai Restaurant.
Dress is typically casual at Kindee Thai Restaurant, so leave the fancy duds behind for the evening. Feed the gang at your next get-together with catering from Kindee Thai Restaurant as well.
In addition to street parking, there is a lot right around the corner, so finding a space shouldn't be an issue for drivers dining at the restaurant.
Prices tend towards the moderate side, with the average tab at Kindee Thai Restaurant running under $30 per person. All major credit cards are accepted.
Using natural meats from local farms and culinary inspiration from all across Asia, skilled chefs craft dishes such as tom yum noodle soup and Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches filled with Korean BBQ pork. Patrons can customize their orders of Japanese shoyu ramen with an assortment of meats and veggies, including pork belly, calamari, bok choy, and wild mushrooms. Kinsen Noodles & Bar also offers an array of vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options, which diners can devour while seated inside a cozy booth or standing atop a table. The restaurant's wall of mirrors reflects the cool blue glow of the bar, where mixologists concoct fruity drinks ranging from classic sangria to rum punch with coconut milk.
For a quick curry, Minneapolis' True Thai Restaurant is a great lunch or dinner spot. The menu at True Thai Restaurant does not include any low-fat options, so come ready to indulge. Take a peek at the drink menu here, and make sure to sample something off the list. Have a few picky young eaters in the family? Not a problem at True Thai Restaurant, where the food and ambience are perfect for family dining.
True Thai Restaurant welcomes laid-back diners, so there's no pressure to throw on heels or a tie. Always five minutes behind schedule? Pick up your food to go instead. Throwing a big party? Count on True Thai Restaurant to provide top-notch catering with the same great dishes you love.
Drivers can find a space for their wheels on the street when dining at the restaurant's E Franklin Ave business.
Meals at True Thai Restaurant are affordable, with the average tab amounting to about $30 per person. Chow down on breakfast, lunch, or dinner fare at True Thai Restaurant — they're open for all three meals.
Minneapolis' Amazing Thailand offers a traditional menu of Thai dishes in a relaxed setting. Low-fat foods are not on the menu at Amazing Thailand, though, so plan to indulge a bit. Amazing Thailand also provides alcohol, so diners don't have to worry about bringing their own bottle. At Amazing Thailand, kids of all ages are welcome. Big family? Tons of friends? Bring 'em all to Amazing Thailand — the restaurant has an awesome layout for large parties and groups. On warmer days, you can take advantage of Amazing Thailand's al fresco patio seating. Check email, shop online, or get the latest game scores on Amazing Thailand's free wifi.
Shake off the stiff workday duds at Amazing Thailand — attire is casual. Call Amazing Thailand for catering if you have a big event coming up.
Those driving to Amazing Thailand can choose to find street parking or leave their vehicle in the nearby lot.
Prices at Amazing Thailand typically stay below the $30 mark, so you can afford to bring along a friend or a date.
Minneapolis' Ginger Hop offers a traditional menu of Thai dishes in a relaxed setting. The menu doesn't include any low-fat items, so set aside some extra calories for your visit. Be sure to complete your meal at Ginger Hop with a drink from the restaurant's full bar. Grab the kids when you head to Ginger Hop — its family-oriented menu and ambience all perfect for the whole clan. Don't stay cooped up on a beautiful summer day! At Ginger Hop, you can dine outdoors on their lovely patio. Heading out with a larger party? There's plenty of space for big groups at Ginger Hop.
If you need to get somewhere fast, the restaurant also serves up grub to go.
Drivers can park on the street or a nearby lot near Ginger Hop.
Ginger Hop is a mid-priced establishment, with the average meal costing under $30. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but it's the dinner menu that really draws the crowds.