The Pullman-Moscow area has one of the highest ratios of college students to residents outside of Boston. So naturally, you have to sort of sift through about a million pizza places before you find something different. But the something different is one of area’s best kept secrets: amazing Thai Restaurants.
I spent a month and half in Thailand last fall and between eating obscene amounts of comfort food, like Oreos from 7/11, I enjoyed some of the best street cuisine the world has to offer. From sweating my way through curries to drinking questionable water just to cool down my mouth in a Pad Thai induced spicy craze, I loved it all. Putting this fond impression of Thai cuisine at risk I set out to find the area’s best Thai restaurants.
1020 S Grand Ave, Pullman
The best part of Phikuhn is the friendly Thai vibe you get. The food is good enough to keep pace with the service but is by no means the star of the show. The authentic decor, such as the silk table cloths and the many sculptures adorning the wall, made me feel like I was back in Thailand, though maybe in a very touristy district of Bangkok. So, as taste has so many more facets than flavor of the dishes, this restaurant offers a very unique taste of Thailand. If Thai restaurants were girls this is the one you’d take home to your parents.
300 South Grand Avenue, Pullman
Thai Ginger is famous for two things: Large portions of great Thai food and a fully stocked bar complete with dance floor and pool tables. My service is usually fine but I’ve heard it can be sort of hit-and-miss. Of course, with something like twenty beers on tap, I’m sure you can make it a pleasant experience. This is the slightly less pretty sister that likes to have fun.
100 West 4th Street, Moscow
The Thai House in Moscow is unique in that it also offers a fresh array of Sushi. I’ve heard mixed reviews on the food, but if you’re with a big group and looking for something a little more classy, this is your destination. This place is big-small -town posh. This is the sister that plays violin.
The table is set. You can’t have your authentic decor and eat it too. You can’t have a good time bar with four star service. And the posh have to be willing to give a little on authenticity. However, these restaurants each offer their own little delicious taste of away-from-home so go forth and experience your neighbourhood Thailand.