Thursday, April 15, 2010

Denver Dives - The Restaurant Critic Series

Thailanding Cafe - 1984 Nome Street, Aurora 80010

When we arrived in the parking lot of Thailanding, I was immediately suspect of Paul's choice for lunch.  What would you think?

It's next door to a laundromat in a very rundown part of Aurora.  I was not expecting much.  But then I noticed an Illy coffee poster in the window, which I thought was odd.  It's about the most expensive coffee around, and it seemed out of place.  I was intrigued, I won't lie.

Then you go inside and it kind of doesn't match the weird strip-mall exterior.  It's kind of this cheery diner/Asian restaurant vibe with Naugahyde benches in a sort of hospital beigish-pink with some odd art work on the walls.  But there's also a bunch of Shiva/Buddha/some other Thai goddess icons around.  It's funky in a weird 70s kind of way...At this point the jury was still out on the place, and we were the only people in there, so my skeptical side was rearing its ugly little head...but I was still anxious to taste the food.

And WOW - the food was GREAT!  It's one of those places that you go up to the counter to order from a menu that has about 100 items to choose from so you might feel a little overwhelmed.  But don't freak out - just pick something and I'm sure it will be good.  I got Massuman Curry with Chicken for $6.95 and Paul got Hot Spicy Thai Pork (Pud Kra Pow) for $5.95.  Neither one of us knew what to expect, but they were both delicious.  And the best part is that there's none of this cheap lunch/expensive dinner phenomenon that frequently happens at Asian restaurants.  It's one menu day and night, totally reasonable ( prices and great food.

Dos Pulgares!!
Two big thumbs up!


  1. good job on spelling nog-a-hide correct!

  2. how did Paul find this place? How cool is he??

  3. Alex and I ate at Sky Cafe, immediately next to Har Mart today. Grace had gotten take out from there about 1 year and a half ago. We ate in, and it's open from 10 to 10 every day of the week and there are lunch specials from 10 to 3 every day and they are amazing! We must go!

  4. I LOVE your blog Lo! Keep up the great posts - I miss your terrific sense of humor. One question though, at Thailanding, did you have white or brown rice??? :-)
    Count me in as a follower,


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