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Although not normally found under the same roof, Thai and Filipino foodstuffs are like ebony and ivory at this local Asian market.
Unusual and pleasing Thai variations, along with very capable favorites such as yum talay
Eggplant with tofu and basil, and the Massaman curry, as spicy as you dare
11am-9:30pm Mon- Sat
Dinner entrées: $10.95-$13.95
Superior spring rolls, delicious grilled quail, and oustanding duck hot pot. Call ahead for Vietnamese specialties, including duck, goat, and seafood hot pot. -- Mark Jones (12/08)
Chaba is a Thai treasure in the Southside sea of fast and half-fast foods. Sample the creamy coconut-milk curries, the zingy salads, and the chewy-spicy beef jerky. -- Ron Bechtol (09/08)
Newer of the Thai establishments around the Medical Center area. Offers unique dishes such as the green papaya salad. Enjoy the homemade coconut ice cream for dessert.
Nestled in a quiet office center on a nice stretch of Broadway, Mon Thai is bordered by a lovely courtyard on one side and an attractive tree-lined parking lot on the other.
Sawasdee is the sophisticated city cousin of the local Thai tribe - right down to its cool, minty green decor and silk-swathed waitresses. A hands-down favorite is the pad prik king - prok, red bell peppers, crisp green beans, and loads of lemongrass set the dish apart.
The authentic Thai cuisine at this small mom-'n'-pop restaurant is both subtle and sophisticated, spicy and soothing. Don't miss the revelatory Pad Thai, outstanding summer rolls, Lucky L. Original, Topaz of Siam curry, and the Where Are You? appetizer. -- Ron Bechtol (10/08)
Psst! Here's an insider tip: If, on an ordinary weeknight, you sit at the right table at Sompong's, your culinary/cultural experience will be much enhanced. What is the right table, you ask? The one where the waitresses, when not otherwise occupied, are folding napkins. I'm not talking about picking up a little kitchen Thai on the sly - although the language does have a certain exotic appeal - rather, it's what they're snacking on while working that is interesting: Dried, almost caramelized-looking fish about the size of a quarter were one example; we didn't ask to taste them. But we did sample some pieces of crunchy green papaya dipped in a mixture of sugar, salt, and ground, dried chiles. Great stuff. And you'll never find it on a menu. - Ron Bechtol
In culinary terms, Thai cuisine, followed closely by Vietnamese, has become the new Chinese; it's not yet as ubiquitous (and given that ubiquity breeds buffets, let's hope it never is), but whenever someone suggests eating Asian these days, it's Thai that is at the top of the list. And like Chinese, not all Thai is created equal. There are standout items at most places - the fish cakes at Sarika's and the papaya salad at Sompong's come to mind immediately - but overall, the menu at Thai Cafe delivers diversity and delight. - Ron Bechtol
Fresh, piquant, and authentic Thai cuisine makes it hard to pick a favorite dish, but we’re currently stuck on Rice of the Drunks and the Chicken Larb.
Ridiculously good, huge dishes at rock-bottom prices. - Laura Fries
One of the oldest Thai restaurants in San Antonio, Thai Kitchen shows it experience in the variety of dishes and types of people it serves. Lunch buffet available everyday except Sunday.
Sam Suwanasung was one of the city's first apostles of Thai cuisine, and he has hung out for so long in a undistinguished strip center off San Pedro that we tend to forget about him. Now, in the equivalent of a culinary midlife crisis, Sam has reinvented himself by pulling up stakes and moving downtown to new digs in the Riverwalk Plaza Hotel across from the Bexar County Courthouse. The move was something of a stealth operation, with the old occupant out and the new one in, all very hush-hush, in the matter of a few days. Such was the stealth, in fact, that few know he is there yet. That is bound to change. The pretty good buffet for $7.99 will draw some for lunch to be sure; the courthouse crowd lost no time in figuring that out. And the special plates are generous to a fault - another plus. But lunch specials are rarely any Asian restaurant's best food forward, and Thai Kitchen doesn't radically alter that equation. - Ron Bechtol
Chef Lek will marvel you with the delicious flavors of Thailand.
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The local chapter of RAW Natural Born Artists showcases visual art by Christina Barboza, daphid art, Mzroyalec, Larry Castilleja, Prerna Suyal, James Seufert, Justin, Mind Potency, Violet Serpentine, Dani Cruz, Jordan Nerison, Rock SALT, Shellee Laurent, Megan Solis, and Jacinda Jackson; photography by John.John, Taj Marie, Gregory Stack, Collette Orquiz, B. Alvidrez, Katie Red, Vispanius, Sherrie Scherer, PaperMoon, Don Walthrop, and Roland; fashion design by NDG Sci-Fest (pictured); film by Jack Webb; performing art by Mary Annette and Aliska Wolfbane; makeup artistry by Beautiful Creatures, Dominique, and Lisa Boston; and live music by Christina Murphy, Nevermind, and The Black Market Club. Joshua Cabaza emcees the show set to beats by DJ Cogswell. Cocktail attire requested.
Foreign film buffs might know Chile’s Sebastián Silva from his Sundance Film Festival hits The Maid (which took home two World Cinema Jury Prizes in 2009) and this year’s Crystal Fairy (starring indie fave Michael Cera opposite Gaby Hoffmann). True fans, however, will tell you to start at the beginning. Released in 2007, Silva’s Life Kills Me deftly combines the ironic melancholia of The Smiths, the dark comedy of Harold and Maude, and a bizarre film within a film into a morbid sleeper suggesting death might be smarter to embrace than to fear. Shot almost entirely in black and white, the openly gay director, screenwriter, painter, and musician’s cinematic debut screens at SAMA in conjunction with Global Lens 2013, a touring series launched by the Global Film Initiative in 2003.
Regarded as one of the architects of contemporary R&B, 10-time Grammy winner Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds brings heartfelt and impeccable music for grown folks to the Lila Cockrell stage on Friday. After writing and producing hits for Bobby Brown in the late ’80s, Edmonds joined former bandmate Antonio “L.A.” Reid to create LaFace Records, propelling acts like TLC, Toni Braxton, and Usher into the public consciousness. By the end of the ’90s the young producer was responsible for 42 No. 1 R&B hits and 51 Top 10 Pop hits. A gifted performer in his own right, fans can expect plenty of material from his 11 solo albums, including classics like “Whip Appeal” and “For the Cool in You,” which recall an era of R&B when records didn’t necessarily require 16 bars to make it on the radio.
G. Tomas V presents the sixth edition of SA's "only body art competition." Hosted by Anthony "The Poet" Flores, "Fairytales & Fantasy" features 30 artists (including special guests Oscar Galvan Jr. and Raul Castellanos) creating live art on 30 models, plus music by DJ Techneek (10pm-2am), a live visual performance by Matari Productions (10:30pm), and a photo shoot (11pm-midnight) followed by the presentation of contestants at midnight. Rewarding first, second, and third places with trophies and other prizes, the contest also guarantees winners a spot in the 2014 Beyond the Canvas calendar.
After going through two drummers, two guitarists, and four bass players, Piñata Protest has perfected its sound with El Valiente, the band's latest album. Going back to its norteño and punk-rock roots, Piñata celebrates the two cultures by transforming favorites like "Volver, Volver" and "La Cucaracha" into punk tracks and creating music that depicts life on the border, living biculturally, and finding yourself in between.
Students between the ages of 6 and 18 present drawings, illustrations, paintings, and sculptures depicting positive role models for Aztlan's 22nd annual "Superhero" contest and exhibit.
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