When she and her husband Bob opened The King and I in 1988, Marie Phoungphol says on the restaurant's website, "No one really knew about Thai food at the time; it was a new frontier, especially here in the Midwest." Having perfected their cooking skills in several other restaurants, they set about putting the bold flavors of Thailand on Milwaukee's culinary map. They aimed for name recognition by calling it after the popular Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, and, more importantly, developing a few signature dishes to add to a menu of their mothers' recipes. The beloved Volcano Chicken is lightly battered, fried, and tossed with intense red sauce?house-made, like most of The King and I's sauces and curry pastes. The chicken wings are a favorite as well, their fire provided by the equally arresting Lava Sauce.
Such dishes have won The King and I the title for Best Thai on WISN-2's A-List four of the last five years. Several dishes can be spiced to order, on a one- to four-star scale that ranks from "coward" to "native Thai". But not to worry?if you go too hot, you can cool your palate with bubble tea or coconut ice cream.
When the weather's nice, diners can vie for a seat at a few sidewalk tables. It's a slightly more casual vibe than the main dining room, where ornate Thai statues flank a doorway and glass-topped white tablecloths set of dark carved wood.
Swing by Mekong Cafe in Milwaukee for your next meal.
No need to miss out on Mekong Cafe just because you are avoiding fat or gluten. The restaurant has tons of options that can accommodate your dietary needs.
Grab the kids when you head to Mekong Cafe — its family-oriented menu and ambience all perfect for the whole clan.
Mekong Cafe easily accommodates large groups — there's even a reserved room available for those extra special occasions.
Don't get stuck waiting for a table — the restaurant accepts reservations.
No suit, no problem! The dress code at laid-back Mekong Cafe is ultra casual.
Looking for something delicious to serve at your next party? Mekong Cafe also offers catering.
Guests of Mekong Cafe's W North Ave location can park their vehicles on the street.
Keeping an eye on your budget? Mekong Cafe is a perfect choice, with most meals costing less than $15.
Mekong Cafe accepts all major credit cards, including Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express.
You can stop by at almost any time, since Mekong Cafe offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Milwaukee's Ee-Sane Thai Cuisine offers a traditional menu of Thai dishes in a relaxed setting.
You won't find any low-fat fare here, though, so leave some room to indulge.
Be sure to complete your meal at Ee-Sane Thai Cuisine with a drink from the restaurant's full bar.
At Ee-Sane Thai Cuisine, kids of all ages are welcome.
Wear what you like when you dine at Ee-Sane Thai Cuisine — the restaurant has a chill vibe just right for casual dining.
If you're in a hurry, place an order for pickup instead.
Diners that drive to dinner will find street parking readily available at Ee-Sane Thai Cuisine's N Farwell Ave address.
Super-savers will adore the low-prices at Ee-Sane Thai Cuisine, too — meals there usually cost less than $15.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the restaurant, but the dinner menu is the real standout.
Milwaukee's Singha Thai Restaurant offers a traditional menu of Thai dishes in a relaxed setting.
Vegan options are also available for those who avoid meat and dairy products.
Youngsters don't need to sit out a trip to Singha Thai Restaurant — it's super family-friendly and perfect for little diners and their folks.
Get your whole crew together at Singha Thai Restaurant, offering lots of special space for larger parties.
No need for a wardrobe change when you hit Singha Thai Restaurant — it's strictly casual.
You can also grab your food to go.
For the tastes of Singha Thai Restaurant from the comfort of your next party, the restaurant also offers catering services.
Drivers can park in the neighboring lot.
A mid-priced establishment, Singha Thai Restaurant offers meals that typically cost about $30 or less.
Get your spice on at Thai Joe's In The Bngkk Orchd, a Thai-food lover's paradise.
Watching your waistline? Thai Joe's In The Bngkk Orchd has a number of lighter and low-fat menu options.
If space is what you're looking for, Thai Joe's In The Bngkk Orchd has plenty of room for larger parties.
Impress the guests at your next gathering by calling in Thai Joe's In The Bngkk Orchd for catering.
Take advantage of valet parking at Thai Joe's In The Bngkk Orchd's N Prospect Ave location, and don't waste time circling the block.
Keeping an eye on your budget? Thai Joe's In The Bngkk Orchd is a perfect choice, with most meals costing less than $15.
Thai Joe's In The Bngkk Orchd serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by whenever is most convenient for you.
The Thai Lotus kitchen comes alive at mealtimes, when chefs roll up their sleeves and begin preparing fiery noodles, garlicky stir-fries, and creamy red, green, and yellow curries. The aroma of fresh herbs fills the air as the chefs whip up Thai specialties like volcano chicken and sweet basil duck. The versatile chefs also extend their culinary expertise toward a variety of Chinese and Vietnamese dishes, including tangy orange chicken and simmering pho noodle soups. As the chefs labor in the kitchen, their guests perch on tufted booths, sipping fruity bubble teas and imported beers.