This place is a cant-miss if youre in Gold Country! I'm sure it may be too far out of the way for many of you to get to, but my best pal happens to live a block away from it. She knows I love Thai food and took me there on a visit last summer.
Our host/cook/waiter was a middle aged Thai man who appeared to be working solo. The service was pleasant and slow paced (like you would expect from a man greeting, taking orders, cooking and serving and not unlike the service you get at a restaurant where you order a four-course meal). The food was the star of this evening though. I have never ever tasted a yellow curry like the one I had that night. At first everyone took a small portion, but once we tasted it, the bowl made its rounds again and everyone was trying to be polite by not taking more than their fair share, but in the end someone upended the serving bowl directly into their mouth! It had that delicate sweet, savory, herby flavor that is exactly what I eat Thai food for; only this was the best balance of those flavors I have experienced in years.
We also had the standard Tom Yum Gai, which had a mouthwatering broth and little dots of red oil on top (that red oil gets me every time!). Of course someone ordered Pad Thai, egg rolls and Mee Krob; all of which were stellar. But that yellow curry stole the show, it was too good.
I suggest to anyone visiting the Sacramento/Tahoe area that they make that side-trip to Grass Valley/Nevada City and see for themselves what I am talking about.
Panoy Thai Restaurant
210 Neal St
Grass Valley, CA 95945