Nearly a year and a half after moving to our north side apartment, I have finally tried the doubly-named corner Thai restaurant, Thai Thai, a scant two blocks away. Being within such easy striking distance of Thai Aree, which for some reason caught my attention before Thai Thai, I've had little reason to expand my nearby Thai options.
Yesterday, noticing they were open on New Year's, I stopped in and picked up a take-out menu. We ordered for dinner, a light meal, cashew chicken and BBQ chicken wings--certainly not particularly interesting selections, but also not a very interesting menu--a fairly paltry (by Thai standards) perhaps 40-items menu, including salads, noodle dishes, appetizers, and dinner selection.
Unfortunately, neither selection was good. The wings were edible, tempura-dipped but with a largely unflavorful and completely un-spicy glaze. The cashew chicken (I have no idea how "traditional" this is, but it can be quite good) was not. The cashews themselves were chewy-stale, as if someone may not have ordered anything with cashews since last New Year's. The rest of the dish was unmemorable and left unfinished in favor of some frozen potstickers from Trader Joe's. Almond cookies were given free with a take-out order of $10, and were the most enjoyable part of the meal. Strangely, a bowl of jelly beans sat on the counter for patrons in lieu of more familiar after-dinner candies. Needless to say, I don't expect to return.
Now for the etiquette question: There are a number of posters who do not post on a place they have been to only once. Thai Thai I have been to just once, take-out, and with a small order. Should I refrain from comment? Obviously, the question is too late for the current post, but my thinking is this: There are scores of Thai restaurants lurking around all sorts of strange corners of this city, more, certainly than I will ever experience. They never cease to pique my curiosity, yet so many of them just aren't very good. Even though my experience my Thai Thai experience was small, I feel confident in recommending to avoid it. If RST wants to scope the place out, make friends with the owners, translate a secret menu, and host a carry out Thai dinner complete with fresh chilis that they grow secretly in the behind the adjacent garage, I would be ecstatic. But if you just want to stop in for some Thai food, hoping to casually discover some new gem, I don't think you'll find it here.
I guess to summarize this increasingly rambling post: Does anyone care? Should we mention and note the unmemorable small food shops around town--Thai, Mexican, hot dog stands--that have not been mentioned here before? Does novelty count for its own sake? Or should we mostly stick to commendations?