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Thai Aree -- 2nd tier

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Thai Aree -- 2nd tier

Critical1 | Mar 13, 2004 05:26 AM

We have been on a Thai binge of late...checking out as many Thai restaurants as we can. Tonight, we tasted Thai Aree.

First and foremost. The best service I had ever had. Talk about warm and accomadating. It was a male server, and I am not sure if he is the owner you guys speak of, but he certainly cares as if he was the one.

But secondly, on a dimmer note. Although, the food was rather authentic, I wasn't blown away. One noteable dish was one of my favorite fish (thai name - Pla Jalamet, forget english name) in black bean sauce was quite good. But the rest of dishes was pretty much okay. My Thai co-dinners agreed with me.

We had the duck larb, which was a bit sweet. We had the sausage which was decent, but not really memorable. The gaeng jeud woosen (clear noodle soup with tofu) was okay. I enjoyed the Gailan w/ salty fish. The Dry Suki was good.

Overall, decent authentic dishes, but wasn't blown away. But the service was so good that I would come back if I was ever in the area. For the food? I rather go elsewhere considering my drive.

Next on the hit list...Manee Thai. Anyone been? Authentic or Ameri-thai? Any other hidden gems out there not really talked about?

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