Had a friend in town from the Left Coast and hiked all the way up to Towson to meet for dinner. Did my Chowhound research and discovered a recommended restaurant "Thai One On" was only a couple blocks from his hotel, so we went there. Split three appetizers (satay, spring roll, and hot shrimp salad with spicy dressing) and had two duck entrees (panang curry and with onions, ginger, and scallions). Also had room for desset -- the recommended black sweet rice with coconut meat. I definitely would go back to this place if it weren't 70 (!) miles away. I wish this were my local Thai place instead of Thai Old Town (comfort food but definitely not *interesting*).
The shrimp salad thing was pretty spicy but still had flavor in addition to the heat. A nose-runner, tho. The spring roll as good, not greasy, with actual shrimp pieces inside. The peanut dressing for the satay looked fresh made in some fashion as opposed to the creamy peanut butter looking stuff one usually gets. My friend liked his duck panang okay, but had actually been looking for something a bit more coconut creamy, less spicy. He liked my duck dish better. I thought his panang tasted "fresher" somehow than the one I get locally. The dessert was yummy -- kind of like eating brown rice with sugar with some softened coconut slices draped over the top.
If you find yourself way the heck up in Towson, it's worth stopping by.
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