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Charm Thai Kitchen

Outstanding Pad Thai lunch special at Charm Thai Kitchen in Rancho Bernardo!

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Lemongrass Thai Food

Quick one today! I’m no fan of the Pad Thai at Lemongrass Thai Food, however their fried rice dishes are outstanding. Here’s the “Combination Fried Rice”, made with stir fried steamed jasmine rice with egg, chicken, beef, pork, onions, tomatoes, green onions, etc. Only $10.95.

Pinto Thai

Outstanding Pad Thai at Pinto Thai in Ramona! Some of the best you’ll find in SoCal. Particularly good combination style, made with beef, chicken, pork and shrimp.

Pei Wei Asian Diner

Not the most legit Pad Thai, but I really appreciate that I can get all of my Asian favorites under one roof.  Pei Wei’s menu is inspired by ancient Asian cooking, from the wok-fired classics of China to the street market tastes of Thailand.

Panya Thai Kitchen 

My favorite Thai restaurant in Escondido is Panya Thai Kitchen!  Here’s an outstanding dinner order of their excellent Pad Thai.  I ordered this one with shrimp.  The shrimps were abundant and perfectly cooked.  

Pailin Thai Cafe

Outstanding garlic & pepper beef lunch special at Pailin Thai Cafe!  It’s the perfect alternative when you want something other than their amazing Pad Thai or curry dishes.  The beef is very tender, flavorful and just the right amount. 

Pailin Thai Cafe 

Best panang curry lunch special in SoCal at Pailin Thai Cafe!  Asian comfort food at its finest. 

Pailin Thai Cafe 

There are about four places to get Thai food in Rancho Bernardo; a north San Diego hamlet, known for geezers and tech companies.  Pailin consistently has the best Pad Thai, that I can tell you!

Pinto Thai

Outstanding dinner recently at Pinto Thai! Crab Fried Rice for $13.99. Made with fried jasmine rice, fresh crab meat, egg, green & white onions, peas, carrots and tomatoes in their special sauce. I’m not exactly sure what was “special” about the sauce, but it was a very good fried rice dish. 

This one did not have the traditional up front soy sauce flavor, it was more delicate and subdued. It did however have a great spicy note with unique, herbaceous and fresh tasting flavors. The consistency was on the drier side compared to most fried rice dishes I’ve had. You’ll find a liberal amount of crab throughout, although no lump meat! It mostly consisted of smaller bits of a more institutional, foodservice grade quality of crab. Fairly conservative amount of egg and green onion. Would have benefitted from more. For those of you who love cucs, Pinto garnishes most of their plates with several thick slices of cucumber. Acts as a nice cooling agent when you have a spicy dish.

This was a huge serving that could have been easily shared by two. I ate most of it and I’m pleased to report that it did not leave me feeling all bloated afterwards.


Pinto Thai Ramona 

Pinto Thai for lunch recently! After enjoying their Pad Thai for some time, I’ve been meaning to get in and try one of their curry lunch specials.  I chose my favorite, “Panang Curry”. It’s made with coconut milk, green bean, bell pepper, sweet basil and your choice of protein, only $7.99. (They also have green/red/yellow curry.)

I ordered mine with chicken and it was outstanding. This dish was chock-full of tender, succulent white-meat chicken. Curry broth was rich, flavorful and savory. So good I finished it with a spoon! One of the best curries I’ve had anywhere!

Lunch specials are served with vegetarian soup of the day, house salad, rice, Thai vegetarian egg roll and fried wonton.     

Weekday lunch specials at any Thai restaurant are a wonderful thing and this place is no exception! 

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