Thai House is an unassuming little restaurant hidden in the shopping plaza at Frank Lloyd Wright and the 101. The kind of place you might not notice the first 50 times you drive by, especially since their sign is easily dwarfed by their neighbor’s giant “RAYS PIZZA” sign. We stumbled upon it by luck after deciding that the abysmal service at our (old) favorite thai place was worthy of never returning (unless for take-out). Since then, we’ve frequented Thai House so often that they recognize us, and we even have a “usual” server.
I’m shocked that I’ve never really seen this place packed, considering the rather small dining room, low prices, and great food. We always start out with an order of Chicken Satay (5 skewers for $6.95). The chicken is thinly sliced and skewered, and served with an amazing cucumber/onion vinegar dip and standard peanut dipping sauce. You can tell it’s home made because the sauces come out looking a little different every time (but always delicious).
Now, I’m no health nut or anything, but one of my favorite things about this place is that I can order my food and know it’s not going to come out to be deep fried and covered in batter (unless, of course, it’s supposed to). I love how fresh and light the food is while being full of flavor and quality ingredients. For food this good, you can’t beat the prices. Sure the satay is a little up there, but the entrees come out at $8.95 with an additional $2 to add meat of your choice to a dish that doesn’t already come with it.
BF loves that it’s the one place in town we can order Kung Pao chicken that hasn’t seen a deep fryer but has an amazing, complex, spice and flavor. Their “Kung Pao” is stir fried with carrots, celery, onions, cabbage, bell peppers, and peanuts- and it will redefine the way you think about Kung Pao.
My all time favorite the Garlic-Pepper w/ Chicken – the chicken is stir fried with garlic, pepper, and cilantro in a garlic-pepper sauce and served on a bed of cabbage. Spice levels range from 1 – 5, I usually order at a 4 which really depends on the chef as to whether they make it actually spicy or what I call “round-eye” spicy 😉 Assuming they think I can’t handle the real heat, you can just ask for a side of spicy stuff for extra heat, though. BF has recently started ordering this with beef, and I’m gonna be honest here- it kinda blew my mind.
My other favorite is the ‘Spicy Chicken’ which stir fries chicken in a “spicy sauce” with chili, bell peppers, onions, carrots, and celery. All of their entrees are perfectly sized for two to split (along with an appetizer) and feel satisfied. BF likes it so much, though, he makes us order two separate entrees so he can eat leftovers the next day. 🙂
This last time, though, I ordered of the “specials” menu (which never changes, but I’d never ordered off of). I got what was listed as “Pad won Sen” with chicken, it’s basically every veggie ever stir fried with super skinny rice noodles in a brown sauce – and it’s flippin delicious!
The staff is always very friendly and gives great service 99% of the time (nobody’s perfect). If you’re in North Scottsdale and craving Thai, or if you’ve never had Thai food before, definitely stop by Thai House for a great meal.
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- Good for: Casual lunch or dinner
- Attire: Casual
- Price: $
- Ambiance: 3 out of 5
- Service: 4 out of 5
- Food: 5 out of 5
Thai House – N. Scottsdale15576 N Pima Rd # A-5
Scottsdale, AZ 85260 Closed on weekdays between 3-4pm;