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Dara Thai -- Flagstaff

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Dara Thai -- Flagstaff

Gayle | Jul 25, 2005 11:59 PM

I'll be in Flagstaff all week for work, so you'll be getting a few reviews from me.

First, and foremost, for your Phoenicians -- when I arrived at 4 pm today it was 70 degrees and raining. Absolute heaven!

Decided I'd hit Dara Thai tonight. You never know what you're going to get when dining alone. I was quickly escorted to the very back corner of the restaurant. At least it wasn't beside the kitchen door, but it was next to the emergency exit in case I needed to make a quick getaway.

I ordered a Sing Ha and inquired if they could possibly accomodate my request of a cup of Tom Yum for one, instead of the huge bowl. No was the answer so I opted for the green salad with peanut dressing. The salad arrived before the beer. A hugh plate of greens, napa and red cabbage and sliced carrots. Not spectacular, but nice for only $2.95. Being alone, I was expecting left overs too! I ordered the veggie rolls next.

Yum! Three small, crispy veggie rolls quickly arrived. Delish! The wrappers were unbelievable light and crispy and not greasy at all! Almost potato chip crispy. Carrots, cabbage and noodles. Very good.

Lax on the service. I'd finished the salad and veggie rolls and put the plates on the other side of the table and they sat until my dinner arrived.

For dinner I ordered the Evil Jungle Princess. I overheard two other tables talking about it as their favorite. Chicken, straw mushrooms, cabbage and mint in a coconut and lemongrass sauce. Not sure what else was in the sauce, it was redish-orange, almost looked like panang. I ordered a 4 on a 1-5 level. I love hot stuff, but always err on the side of caution. I don't know why...I'm stopping that immediately. It was nice, not nearly spicy enough and not at all what I was expecting.

It was good I'm sure, but ya know when you're picturing one thing and get something completely different. Big chunks of chicken breast and lovely fresh mint. I was a little underwhelmed, but no reason to utilize the nearby emergency exit.

I'd eaten plenty with the salad and veggie rolls. I would definitely go back and try something else. There was a fish dish that was my first choice and something distracted me from it...darn it! Veggie rolls were the highlight, simple and yum.

Everything including the beer was $20.87.

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