Thai Food CafÃ©
833 N. Killingsworth Street
Portland, OR 97217
Oh how I miss living in my old neighborhood. Not only did I live in the cutest of cute lilâ€™ bungalow, but I was just a short walk or even shorter drive from all the hotspots of North and inner Northeast Portland. So when I got a tip that the relatively new Thai Food CafÃ© on North Killingsworth was ab fab, I knew it must be investigated.
Unfortunately, I somehow woke up to discover my left mandibular second molar (thatâ€™s one of those back teeth used for chewing) had slightly cracked inÂ my sleep (how does that happen?). Regardless, I wanted some Thai food, cracked-tooth pain or not. (OK, OK, the tooth really isnâ€™t that bad!)
I met up with my awesome friend Steph for a late lunch in the super-sunny dining room and we were immediately welcomed with cups of warm teaâ€”perfect just coming in on a cold winter day. The hosts were incredibly nice and very attentive to our needs.
We were pleasantly surprised by the lunch specials. There are 15 lunch options, ranging from Pad Thai to curry dishes to stir fries that you can order with a meat, veggie or seafood selection. If you choose to add vegetables, tofu, chicken, pork or beef itâ€™s just $6.50, if you want shrimp, squid or scallops itâ€™s $8.00. They also offer soy meat and seafood options for veggie and vegan patrons at similar prices.
I went with Pra Ram with chicken and Steph tried the Pad Thai with chicken. Just after we ordered our entrees we were served a complimentary cup of delicious coconut soup. What a treat! It was creamy and full of flavor.
We didnâ€™t have to wait long for our food, there were only a handful of other diners at the time, and when it arrived it was of typical Thai proportionsâ€”huge!
Stephâ€™s Pad Thai looked delightful and she absolutely enjoyed her dish. Her only complaint was that the Dr. Pepper she ordered took awhile to arrive.
My Pra Ram was peanut-y delicious. The chicken was moistâ€”not a tough piece was to be foundâ€”and the vegetables were fresh, crisp and flavorful. The peanut sauce was terrific, smooth and savory.
Be prepared for large portion, even for the lunch specials. I ended up taking about half of my Pra Ram home, which I quickly devoured for dinner.
Overall, Thai Food CafÃ© is a wonderful new addition to the North Killingsworth neighborhood. Aside from the bargain priced lunch specials, the menu has all of your standard Thai fare at very reasonable prices (even for the regular or dinner menu) and the list of house specials includes such enticing dishes as pumpkin curry, flaming beef and mango delight shrimp. I canâ€™t wait to surprise my Thai-food-fan friends with this little storefront gem!
Pros: Very friendly staff, plentiful menu, excellent lunch specials, complimentary tea and coconut soup, food is delicious, reasonable prices, good veggie and vegan options, close to PCC Cascade campus
Cons: Their cola on tap is RC (which some people, including myself, donâ€™t especially like)