Restaurants & Bars 13

Incredible Thai -- between Clermont and Leesburg

herbert1 | Apr 22, 200801:51 PM

Thai and Friends Restaurant (352-429-0705) It's actually in the Palace Hotel and Resort (a dumpy place) where the turnpike intersects with U.S. Hwy 27 (20349 U.S. 27 North).

The former owners of Thai Lotus in Clermont (Otto and Rootie) have moved out here and reopened. The food is as outstanding as it was in their former location.

The hours are Lunch 11:30 - 2:30 Monday - Friday,

Dinner 7 nights a week 5 - 9 (10 on Fri and Sat).

This is one of those restaurants where when I go for a period of time without having the food, I dream about it. I would recommend staying with the more traditional Thai foods or the curries. The lunch entree prices are $6 to $8.50 and the portion size on many of them is huge, so on many of entrees you can take half home. The dinner entree prices range from $13 - $17, and again many of them have huge portion sizes.

WARNING..... Otto has a deserved reputation for how he sometimes treats newcomers a bit brusquely. ie he has been known to shout at customers... It's a well known character flaw. I think it is because he wants the newcomers to have a great experience so when they take issue at something he doesn't know how to handle the pressure. Don't let him scare you off, the food is incredible and once you make it past newcomer status you will become one of his fiercely loyal customers (I don't think I have ever seen anything quite like it in any other restaurant, think the Cheers equivalent of a Thai food restaurant...).

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