Let me begin by saying that I know nothing about how Thai food is supposed to be. But we have just returned from our third trip to Thai Bowl, in Cedar Park (on Walton Way, in the strip mall across from Wally World) and once again I'm very happy. The Yum Tok (beef salad) beef was tender and plentiful, and there was a tasty blend of slightly sweet and tart, with subtle heat.
The Pad Thai was just as good tonight as it was when I ordered it a few weeks ago.
This is a small family-run place. We were the only non-Asian diners. This space has housed a few different restaurants, but the feeling is different this time-- it's quieter, the lighting is softer, the background music is pleasant, and it's possible to have a conversation. The menu seems varied but not overwhelming. Lunch combos are available. The food, I don't really know what to say about it except that it tastes very good.
There are so many places to eat in that area-- Taco Cabaña, A&W/LJS, Chili's, McDonald's, Bush's Chicken, chain pizza and barbecue and wing places, all doing brisk business selling SLOP while this place, serving freshly cooked REAL FOOD at similar prices, only has a few tables busy at a time.
Please, Chowhounds, check this place out and report what you think. I would love to see it succeed.
Thai Bowl Cafe
202 Walton Way Suite #152, Cedar Park, TX 78613