This is a followup to tubalard's post in August. On his advice I lunched at Dara Thai. It's located along the same parking lot that borders Minnehaha Lanes, just north of the Wilder Foundation, just south of Pierce Butler on Milton. 769 Milton. A rather blighted area.
My companion had a hot soup with chicken, which was hot in both senses of the word. It was served in a metal pot surrounding a Bunsen burner of sorts which gave off a flame for most of our meal. I chewed on an orange-yellow pepper in the soup which I wrongly assumed was not spicy, and had to recover for the next five minutes by rinsing out my mouth in the bathroom, extracting the pepper into a napkin, eating rice, and drinking the oil in the cucumber side dish. Simply drinking water does not help, I've been told.
I had the decidedly mild beef with onions, nicely topped with mint for a refreshing taste.
Don't travel there neccessarily for the service or the atmosphere. We had to refill our water glasses ourselves after waiting for a while. There's not much hanging on the walls, with one long and beautiful photo poster- presumably of the Thai jungle-out of commission behind a table.