Spicy food is a great way to separate the men from the boys, the women from the girls, and the girls from the boys if they get too rowdy at co-ed canoe camp. Explore the limits of spice and space with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Thai cuisine at Rice Bistro.
The kitchen magicians at Rice Bistro conjure up an expansive menu teeming with flavorful Thai fare. Shrimp- and pork-filled dumplings ($5) sit a session in the steam room before whetting the appetites of hungry diners. Eight different noodle dishes can be topped with chicken, beef, tofu, or shrimp ($8–10), and include saucy staples such as the spicy drunken udon ($9–$10) and a panang noodle dish with carrots, tomatoes, baby corn, and basil ($9–$10). House specialties feature fanciful combinations, as demonstrated in the pad thai salmon with sweet radish, crushed peanuts, and lime ($12), or fried crispy pork belly served with thai chili, garlic, bell peppers, carrots, basil, and nuggets of advice on how to climb the corporate ladder ($11).
Rice Bistro's cozy interior satisfies the rest of the senses with vibrant golden walls, candlelit tables, and seating that can accommodate gaggles of friends. Alternatively, the outdoor patio space is the dining equivalent to Montana, where herds of umbrellas and tables roam freely amongst plants, flowers, and lovelorn cowboys.
Candlelight casts pulpy shadows on the light blue-hued walls of this BYOB eatery, where servers help patrons hone their decision-making skills by dropping off menus littered with traditional Thai dishes and a few unexpected tweaks. Bamboo shoots, coconut milk, and pickled cabbage accessorize many authentic platters, which include salads, curries, and rice dishes. The vapors of thai hot teas mingle with the rising steam of noodle dishes seven days a week, and brunch tops tables Thursday–Saturday. When the weather permits, the bistro opens its patio area, with overhanging trees and umbrellas to protect patrons from sunlight and a wooden perimeter fence to guard against the twirling forks of noodle thieves.