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Voted best Thai in Detroit by CityVoters in 2008, 2009, and 2010, Bangkok 96 offers authentic fare at affordable prices. The restaurant's chef and owner, a native of Laos, provided craft services on the set of Gran Torino, proving Clint Eastwood does not sustain himself by disengaging his jaw and swallowing eggs whole. All the menu items can be prepared according to a diner's heat tolerance, with anywhere from one to four chili peppers' worth of spiciness. The menu also deems both chicken satay skewers ($7.95) and tod mun, minced chicken dressed with thai curry and cucumber sauce ($5.50), the "most famous Thai dish," setting up a dramatic gustatory rivalry in which your mouth wins.
Heaping plates of pad see ew—sautéed rice noodles with broccoli, fried egg, and chicken, beef, pork, or vegetables ($9.95)—and Thai fried rice, peppered with chicken, shrimp, peas, carrots, pea pods, broccoli, cashews, and onions ($11.95), offer familiar favorites with plenty to take home. For something a little more distinctive, tender Bangkok Flame duck arrives adorably adorned with baby corn, mushrooms, water chestnuts, broccoli, bamboo shoots, and carrots ($14.95), and the seafood combo combines glass noodles and mixed vegetables with red snapper, squid, shrimp, and other fruits imported from faraway Neptunian orchards ($14.95).
2450 S Telegraph Rd.
Dearborn, Michigan 48124Get Directions