In Focus: Pinto Thai Bistro & Sushi Bar
Neighborhood: Capitol Hill
Cuisine: traditional and modern Thai food, Japanese dishes, and a wide selection of sushi
Heat scale: 0–5 stars
Is it named after the pinto bean?: no
Actual namesake: pinto, which means “lunchbox” in Thai
Decor: sleek and gleaming, with polished-wood walls and intimate mood lighting
The couple behind Thai Curry Simple knows the secrets of running a successful Thai restaurant. After all, owner Picha Pinkaow got her start in Bangkok, helping with the family restaurant before heading to New York City, where she met her husband at one of the many restaurants she owned there. Years later, they relocated to Seattle, where they started Thai Curry Simple together. She brings this bounty of experience in the restaurant business to Thai Curry Simple, quite literally—the restaurant uses the same ingredients she depended on in her Bangkok establishment, thanks to a friend overseas who's willing to ship them to the States.
Dominic Holden reviewed the restaurant in 2010, breaking down ten great things about the place, among them the couple’s backstory, the eatery’s reasonable prices, and the birdhouses hanging from the ceilings. But the most important take away is his first point: that the food is “simply great.”
The lunch spot does keep it simple with the menu: daily tofu curry specials range in flavors and spiciness, such as the medium-spiced pineapple curry or the spicier green and red curries. Pad thai and other noodle dishes add variety to the menu, with choices of chicken, shrimp, or tofu. Guests can pair savory lunches with thai iced teas and fresh lemonade or home-brewed green tea with mango, lychee, or passion fruit.
“You’ll be a born-again Thai food fan after tasting the bright, fire-cracker version [of pad thai]” said Seattle Magazine about the dish created by husband and wife team Poncharee and Wiley Frank. But the magazine–-which named Little Uncle the Best New Restaurant of 2012––didn't stop there. "The food dances on the palate, shot through with lime, zinging with vinegar, with the heat of chiles tamped down by coconut milk or soft, steamed jasmine rice."
That Little Uncle should win such venerable praise from Seattle's foodie community is even more awe-inspiring considering the restaurant's long and winding road to the top of the food chain. A trip to Thailand first inspired the Frank’s endeavor into authentic Thai cooking, and they spent the next two years perfecting their street-style food with a series of pop-up restaurants and a farmers market stall, before permanently setting up shop at a take-out joint in Capitol Hill. Aside from that signature pad thai, they're also serving up dishes like braised beef cheeks, which are served stuffed into a steamed bun to make them 'walker friendly" and keep grandmas from pinching them.
Seattle's Thai Siam Restaurant offers a traditional menu of Thai dishes in a relaxed setting.
No need to miss out on Thai Siam Restaurant just because you are avoiding fat or gluten. The restaurant has tons of options that can accommodate your dietary needs.
Be sure to complete your meal at Thai Siam Restaurant with a drink from the restaurant's full bar.
Grab the kids when you head to Thai Siam Restaurant — its family-oriented menu and ambience all perfect for the whole clan.
There's no need to winnow the guest list for a night out at Thai Siam Restaurant — the restaurant has tons of space for big parties.
Keep it casual at Thai Siam Restaurant — the restaurant is laid-back and patrons dress accordingly.
Impress the guests at your next gathering by calling in Thai Siam Restaurant for catering.
You can also grab your grub to go.
Guests can park for free in the adjoining lot.
Leave your piggy bank at home! With prices under $15, you can eat at Thai Siam Restaurant for next to nothing.
Thai Siam Restaurant offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by whenever is most convenient for you.
A hip enclave in Seattle's Central Business District neighborhood, Wild Ginger offers a lively blend of Asian cuisines and dishes.
No need for those with special dietary needs to miss out on Wild Ginger — the restaurant has plenty of low-fat, vegan, and gluten-free items on the menu.
Order a bottle for the table if you like — Wild Ginger has a full bar stocked with the best wine, beer, and more.
Little ones are just as welcome as their parents at Wild Ginger.
Got a big family? Tons of friends? An entire soccer team? Consider the private room at Wild Ginger, where large groups can get together to celebrate life's biggest milestones.
Diners who appreciate a no-frills environment come to Wild Ginger in jeans and a hoodie.
Call Wild Ginger for catering if you have a big event coming up.
Dining out isn't your only option here — pickup is available, too.
For diners who choose to drive to the restaurant, parking is readily available — the nearby lot offers optional valet, and street parking is also accessible.
A night out here can be a bit pricey, so prepare to shell out a bit more.
Despite its humble environs of a converted gas station, Savatdee Authentic Thai & Lao Cuisine has racked up a steadily climbing number of accolades. Seattle Met Magazine named it one of the best Laotian restaurants in 2011, an award the Sakounthong family proudly displays in their eatery. ?We want our food to speak like it is a five star restaurant, but we want the atmosphere to feel like you are eating in your own kitchen,? said Andy Sakounthong in an episode of Check Please!. Andy?along with his brother, parents, aunts, and grandmother?shop each morning for fresh ingredients and cartoon fire used in dishes that range from cornish game hen marinated in spiced curry to pad mar keur, a grilled-eggplant stir-fry with onions, basil leaves, and yellow-bean sauce. The more adventurous patron can order off of the Lao menu, where galangal and kaffir leaves season a dish of charbroiled chicken mixed with hearts and gizzards.