I have a friend who wants to go out for "good Thai". I know there have been recent threads on this, but... I'd really like to know, specifically, how the following places compare to Thai Noon on Alberta (it's the best Thai I've had in Portland, but my experience is pretty musch limited (in order of pref) to Thai Noon, Papaya Thai in Sellwood, Tom Yum on Woodstock).
The places I'm looking at:
*Ruen Thai (Broadway) I haven't seen any comments on this one, fairly new, but sounds interesting.
*Halo Thai (Fremont, I think?) I seem to remember reading about it lumped in with Noon, so that's why it's on the list.
*Khun Pic's (Belmont) is the service really as slow as I've heard?
I realize the last two are more expensive: is the difference in food and service worth it?
I'm looking for a place with consistently fresh food (not too sweet and not too greasy are main criteria), but I'm also looking for a pleasant space, not a dive and not too sterile. Proximity to Southeast is also a bonus. I haven't done much exploring Thai-wise in Portland, and I am by no means an expert. If there's a better place than the ones listed, do tell. I need advice! Thanks!