~Post by Chuck Bradley
There is something about Thai cuisine that draws me like a magnet. It’s healthy, nutritious and, perhaps at least as important, it’s delicious! We are blessed, in Salem/Keizer, to have a good number of Thai restaurants from which to choose. Below is a list of places she who must be obeyed and I have tried, listed in, my estimation of, order of goodness. I’d love to see your line-ups and why you order them as you do!
1. The Red Ginger
4907 River RD N
Food: Incredible. (huge portions-reasonably priced)
Service: As good as you’ll find.
Ambiance: Better than average.
2. Thai Lotus
3858 River RD N
Food: Very good. (prep time can be a little slow)
3. Thai Orchid
285 Liberty ST NE
Food: Excellent (pricier than most Thai places)
Service: Good to excellent (a little inconsistent)
Ambiance: Good (get a people watching window seat)
Note: Downtown parking can be a challenge.
4. Thailand Restaurant
176 Liberty ST NE
Ambiance: Good (if you like elephants)
Note: Downtown street parking also.
5. Tup Tim Thai Cuisine
3860 Commercial ST SE
Note: Some comments have suggested quality consistency may be iffy.
6. Lanxang Lao-Thai Cuisine
5080 Commercial ST SE
Food: OK – no complaints
Service: OK – no complaints
Ambiance: Seems a little cold and stark to me
7. Thai Fusion
3330 Commercial ST SE
Food: Below standards of all restaurants above
Service: Trying but disorganized
Ambiance: Feels like a fast food chain
Note: I have only been here once. Others have liked this place.
8. Thai Beer
1130 Lancaster DR SE
Ambiance: Below average (the whole place could benefit from a good cleaning)