Armed with many positive reviews from fellow Chowhounders, I had my first Thai Boom meal about 2 months ago. I've gone back 6 times since then; partly out of curiousity, partly out of a need to establish a regular thai takeout source with reasonable pricings and mostly because I'm a masochist.
Thanks to several takeouts with a number of friends (some of whom have since groan when I utter the words "thai boom"), I've sampled almost all of their chef and lunch specials, larb, green mango salad, crab in a pot, papaya salad, pad thai, pad see ew, whole pompano, curries, fried banana, sausage, satays, different fried rice and various veggie dishes.
Am I getting the wrong stuff?? Any can't-miss dish I haven't sampled? Are there 2 chefs and I'm always getting the mediocre one? They're not terrible, decent even, but I really can't say they merit the accolades given here. The staff is always consistently efficient. Portions aren't exactly large like some people have expressed, they're not stingy but definitely not overly generous. So who's pulling my legs?
Granted, it's not like I can say there's another westside thai that's clearly superior, it's just that I expected better.