I find the whole experience at Eau Claire to be pretty depressing, but there's a newer place in the food court that I have to recommend. It's called Jackie's Thai after the owner (her name is Jackie as you might guess) and the food there is incredibly good and is really good value too, incredible. You can get two meat curries with rice, which is a big portion, for something like $9. There are also really good salads, a green papaya salad that's spicy enough to make you cry and a Thai chicken salad that's made to order that's also delicious. Pad thai is made to order and even though it's all served on styrofoam plates, it's plated beautifully with the sprouts and cilantro done very nicely. Oh, there's this dish that they make at Khao San (which you should also get to know, it's where Jaro Blue used to be on 17th) called something like Kao Soi and it's a soupy dish with noodles in a creamy broth- it's better than it sounds- well, they make the same dish at Jackie's but call it Chang Mai Noodle Soup and I think the version at Jackie's is actually better and it's maybe half the price. But you're eating in a food court so I guess that would follow. Anyway this place is fantastic, I've eaten here maybe 5 times since they opened in the summer and I wish I worked closer the the market, I'd go there a few times a week if I could.
I don't know if this post gets me in trouble for referring to another food website, but if you look Jackie's up on urban spoon, you'll see they have a 100% thumbs up rating with 30 or so reviews- that's really really high.
So if you're seeing a movie at Eau Claire or there for the AIDS walk or whatever, please have lunch or dinner at Jackie's. It's a place that deserves our support.
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