Thai Jasmine Rice

Asian | Thai | Vegetarian
Worth a detour

Inhale when you eat at Thai Jasmine Rice. Inhale deeply. Nearly every dish, from soup humming with the buzz of galangal root to drunken noodles in oyster sauce to Paneang curry and stir-fried vegetables with aromatic jasmine rice, is exciting to smell before it’s thrilling to taste. Thai menus tend to be broad in any case, perhaps more so in the U.S., where Asian food has a long history of getting hyphenated. So here at Thai Jasmine Rice, you will find familiar spring rolls and wonton soup. But those are simply tokens; in fact, the kitchen’s A-game stars curries, stir-fries, and noodles thin and thick.

The signature noodle dish, pad Thai, is available with chicken, pork, beef, tofu, or shrimp. It’s mild unless you ask the kitchen to spice it up — a happy melange of small rice noodles stirred together with eggs, bean sprouts, scallions and sweet pad Thai sauce. This is exotic comfort food, presented on a plate along with a spill of finely chopped peanuts and a single spring roll with sweet and sour sauce. Sie Ew, made with broad rice noodles, is less sweet and more soy-sauce salty than Pad Thai, chock full of al dente broccoli and carrots.

I am a big fan of this kitchen’s soups and curries, many of which offer a beguiling teeter-totter taste that balances velvety coconut milk with zesty spices, shots of lime juice, and nose-tingling measures of ginger.

Vegetarians can have a ball. Our meat-frowner friend loves the well-rounded fried rice “fantasy” of onions, peas, carrots, broccoli, scallions, and cashews all mixed up with fragrant jasmine rice. We like it, too, but the kitchen’s ways with beef, pork, and duck are too good to ignore.

(PS: Yes, I know that Roadfood is about restaurants that have distinct local or regional character. Thai Jasmine Rice does not fit that definition … unless you factor in the cognitive dissonance of being served Asian food by a staff with Deep-South accents.)

What to Eat
Thai Jasmine Rice, Pad Thai
Pad Thai
Pad Thai features shrimp atop stir-fried noodles.
Thai Jasmine Rice, Gang Paneang Curry
Gang Paneang Curry
Gang Paneang Curry is a yin-yang balance of sweet coconut milk and spicy curry.
Thai Jasmine Rice, Tom Ka Soup
Tom Ka Soup
Tom Ka soup is coconut milk with tomatoes, onions, lime juice, and powerfully aromatic galangal root.
Thai Jasmine Rice, Pad Sie Ew
Pad Sie Ew
Pad Sie Ew = large noodles with eggs, broccoli, brown sauce & protein of choice
Thai Jasmine Rice, Fried Dumplings
Fried Dumplings
Crisp-fried dumplings, stuffed with marinated pork
Thai Jasmine Rice, Som Tum Thai
Som Tum Thai
Som Tum Thai: a tingly salad of shredded papaya, chili peppers, tomatoes, peanuts & lime juice
Thai Jasmine Rice, Massaman
Massaman is a swirling curry of coconut, pineapple, potatoes, onions, and roasted peanuts, here featuring tofu.
Thai Jasmine Rice, Green Curry
Green Curry
Green curry: coconut milk, green peas, peppers & basil
Thai Jasmine Rice, Som Tun Thai
Som Tun Thai
Green papaya salad with peppers, tomato, peanuts & lime juice
Thai Jasmine Rice, Tom Yum Soup
Tom Yum Soup
Savory Tom Yum soup delivers chile-pepper jolt.
Thai Jasmine Rice, Drunken Noodles
Drunken Noodles
Drunken noodles: mix of chicken, pork, beef & multiple vegetables, including chilies.
Thai Jasmine Rice, Kao Pad Fantasy
Kao Pad Fantasy
Kao Pad Fantasy is a vegetarian stir-fry.
Thai Jasmine Rice, Spring Rolls
Spring Rolls
Fried spring rolls, packed with chicken, cabbage, noodles, and carrots
Thai Jasmine Rice, Pad Ka Prow
Pad Ka Prow
Pad Ka Prow: Sweet basil, onions, peppers, chili and brown sauce cosset meat of choice, in this case shrimp.
Thai Jasmine Rice, Fried Bananas
Fried Bananas
Fried, spring-rolled bananas, drizzled with nuts & honey
Thai Jasmine Rice, Sticky Rice with Custard
Sticky Rice with Custard
Sticky rice, egg custard, coconut cream: tender-hearted dessert
Directions and Hours
open now
Monday11am - 9pm
Tuesday11am - 9pm
Wednesday11am - 9pm
Thursday11am - 9pm
Friday11am - 9pm
Saturday11am - 9pm
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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