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Arguably the best Thai food in town.. The Scene
The pink vinyl booths that make the Thai Diner look more like its predecessor, a High's Ice Cream store, are deceiving. The American look is a mask for arguably the best Thai food in town.

The Food
Every dish is cooked to perfection, with the spice level adjusted to fit your preference. My personal favorite: the gang keo wan, a rich, spicy coconut milk broth seasoned with green curry and mixed with mushrooms, peas and your choice of chicken, beef, pork or tofu (a boon for vegetarians, most every dish at the Thai Diner can be made meat-free by substituting tofu for the meat portion of the dish). Another excellent choice is Noodles of the Drunk, spicy flat or thin rice noodles with shrimp, bean sprouts and ground peanuts. A dish to skip unless you have an immense tolerance for the spicy is the yum woon sen--it nearly sent my tastebuds through the roof until I downed five or six glasses of water. The mixed bean thread with tofu, vegetables, lime juice and chili turned into a ball of flame in my usually tolerant stomach--I may have gotten an unusually potent batch, but it took me a few minutes to recover from the first bite.

For dessert, try the mango and sweet rice for an authentic and sweet ending to a spicy meal. For another great way to top off your dinner, try the Thai coffee, a favorite here. If the food isn't enough to satisfy your need for Thai, you can also purchase souvenirs of Thailand, from dolls to key chains, from the restaurant. Thai Diner is located in the Westland Shopping Center in the West End, but for Fan dwellers, the recently opened Thai Diner Too will bring the taste of Thailand even closer to home.


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August 18, 2003