I was in downtown Santa Rosa about 11:30 this morning without my chowhound-derived cheat sheet and decided to just walk along and see what appealed to me for lunch. I almost missed the sign for Thai House because its storefront is only a narrow doorway leading to a flight of stairs, but it got my curiosity aroused and I walked up to the restaurant. I had their Holy Basil from the regular (non-lunch-special) menu, "Sauteed fresh garlic, carrots, onion, bell pepper, zucchini, mushrooms, green beans, bamboo shoots, baby corn and sweet basil" (whew) with chicken (pork, beef, and tofu also offered) and brown rice. It came quickly, beautifully arranged, piping hot, and plentiful. It was very good, with the sparkling flavors of Thai food, and medium hot to my taste. I liked it very much and will stop back when I've up there again to try something else.
Both the young-woman owner and the chef were very gracious. The owner said the restaurant had been there for 15 years but that she became the owner a year ago. I was early for lunch and it was Monday; I was the only customer there when I left just before 12. This place deserves to be tried by any lover of Thai food so you can make up your own mind. The place itself could use some refurbishing but hey, in this economy I see why it's not upgraded and that's OK with me.
525 4th St, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
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