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Thanh Do (South MSP) - A Little Gem


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Thanh Do (South MSP) - A Little Gem

jfood | Feb 3, 2009 05:24 PM

Jfood had plenty to do at the hotel so he needed a take out near Edina-Bloomington. Someone in the office recommended Thanh Do off Minnetonka Ave. so he decided to give it a shop. This place is a little gem. Located in a small strip mall on South Utah, if you blink you will miss it, yet all of the spots were taken out front, at 630 there was a line waiting for take-out and the tables were 40% full. And this was on a Tuesday night. They’re doing something right.

Jfood ordered a sampler to go, (a) some fried pork potstickers, (b) the Cranberry Curry white meat Chicken, fresh mushrooms, onions, scallions, Thai curry, coconut milk and cranberries and (c) Vietnamese Basil Chicken with pineapple, mushrooms, bell peppers, onions and fresh basil.

The potstickers were very good, fried on all sides with a little bite and the ginger sauce was sweet, vinegary and had a little red pepper flakes for some heat. OK, Jfood was thinking this place had potential.

The Vietnamese Chicken had pieces of chicken with a variety of red and green peppers, quartered button mushrooms chunks of pineapple and sautéed basil. The basil and pineapple was an interesting combination and the peppers were crispy and flavorful. This dish was good, and would bring Jfood back to try others, but maybe not this dish.

But the winner of the night was the one dish Jfood almost did not order except for the recommendation of the hostess, the Cranberry Curry. Never would Jfood have thought that this combination would explode with various flavors in his mouth. This combination was fantastic. Jfood has a bit of a bellyache because he could not stop eating this dish. So for this dish alone Jfood definitely has this place on the return list.

BTW – The servers are all 18-20 years old, right on top of things, know the food and could not be friendlier. And the best part, instead of a “Tip Jar” they labeled it a “Good Karma Jar.” Great idea.

So if you are in the area or want to drive to the south side for some really good food, Jfood recommends giving this place a shot.

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