Authentic, homemade and most importantly, delicious. Any time we’re out exploring new food spots and we come upon one that hits these three characteristics, we know we are in for a special treat. There is something about finding a restaurant that uses old family recipes that somehow takes the experience up a notch. When I first visited Thai Spice on Dallas Pkwy and Frankford Road, I knew I had found something special. From the moment you walk in, you are treated like you have been coming here for years. You feel right at home.
Thai Spice started in 2012. Using family recipes, fresh ingredients and providing a warm and inviting atmosphere; it has become one of the best places to get real homemade Thai cuisine. Nick who runs the day to day operations, shared a little bit of the history of the restaurant. His mom started Thai Spice after working for various restaurants and a five-star resort. She wanted to have a place that served high quality authentic Thai cuisine and so, Thai Spice was born. Nick also shared, “Everyone that you see here in the restaurant is Thai, from the people answering the phone to our chef. We like to keep it as authentic as we can.”
I always appreciate a place that stays true to its roots when it comes to international cuisine. It’s easy to begin to cut corners or deviate from the original plan in order to attract guests, but I think when you have a great menu and you treat people well, people will find you and bring others with them.
Let’s talk about the menu. Their signature dish is the Tom Kha Soup (Coconut soup.) This is the dish they are known for. If someone told you to visit Thai Spice, they probably told you about the Tom Kha Soup. It’s made with coconut milk, a spicy and tangy broth with mushrooms, lemongrass, tomato, cilantro, green onions, basil, and Thai spices. It is always made fresh from scratch and never reheated. Try it once and you will be hard-pressed to stay away from it the next time you visit.
I’m a sucker for fried rice. I grew up on it, so I almost always order the fried rice here. My ‘go to’ is either the House Fried Rice or the Krapow Fried Rice. The difference being that the Krapow fried rice is tossed with Thai chilies, basil, garlic and bell pepper instead of egg, white onion, tomatoes and scallions in the house fried rice. They also have a great selection of Curry dishes. Try the Pineapple Shrimp Curry or the Ocean Curry for a tasty seafood Curry experience.
The salad selection is also pretty unique. The Green Papaya or Cucumber Mango salads are a couple of salads that you won’t find anywhere else. Both give you a tropical or beach feel with the fresh fruit. I love the beach, so ordering either of these take me back home. From the appetizer menu, try the Fried Shrimp Rolls, Thai Potstickers, Crab Avocado spring rolls or if you want a little taste of their seafood appetizers, try the Seafood Platter. It comes with tempura soft-shell crab, shrimp tempura, crab and avocado spring roll, summer roll shrimp and fried calamari. A great option to share with the other people at your table. If you want more of the Thai Spice flavor, try the Thai Spice’s Sampler. You get a fresh mango roll, a spring roll, shrimp tempura, tempura veggies, sates, and dim sun. From their Noodles menu, try the Pad Thai, Pad Woonsen Seafood and Pad Kee Mow which is wide rice noodle that is wok-tossed with egg, garlic, chilies, bell peppers, tomatoes and fresh basil with basil sauce.
No meal can be complete without dessert. Am I right? I cannot stress this next sentence enough: Order the mango and sticky rice. It’s a traditional Thai dessert that won’t give you a sugar crash. While it’s enough to share with another person, I would recommend everyone getting their own. It’s so good you won’t want to share.
You can’t go wrong with anything from their menu. If you aren’t completely sure of what to order, ask Nick to recommend something. He will set you up with a dish that will have you asking for more. Like I said before, everything on the menu is delicious, and it shows, they are back to back winners of Addison Magazine’s Reader’s Choice Award for Favorite Thai Restaurant 2017 and 2018.
Thai Spice can host large parties and while reservations are not required, you can make them on their website to guarantee your table. You can also order online and have it delivered within a five-mile radius for a small fee. For the full menu and to order online, visit their website.