Sunday, June 3, 2012

Best Thai?


With all of the wonderful things that have been happening lately, we kinda fell off the blog earth....
But we are back!
I’ve(HM) been racking my brain for the perfect food adventure to write about and decided that just writing one any ONE would be better than nothing so here goes....a few nights ago we hit the 17th street cafe and that would be an appropriate topic, but in light if the top 25 restaurants poll that just came out I thought it would be nice to give a shout out to a place a little closer to home, that has made it onto the list. Nicky's Thai Kitchen  is just down the street on Western Ave and consistently delivers hot, fresh, steaming plates of wonderful. It happens to also be one of the only places in town that does not come with a side of grumblings from SA when suggested as a take out spot. (She has ideas that take out containers either ruin or poison their inhabitants I’m frankly confused on the topic).
The notable dishes list may be a long one considering how delicious everything is! I love the drunken noodles (they are listed as just spicy noodles) and at spice level of 10 they are one of my favorite comfort foods. The spicy Thai basil fried rice is our go-to take out option although it can be a bit greasy at times. Gadprow lad kao is yummy and it comes with a fried egg on top.  Who doesn’t love a gratuitous fried egg every now and again?  SA does not however enjoy their green curry, which is her test of a good Thai restaurant, but Nicky’s eventually won her heart over with its other delectable dishes.  The spring rolls and dumplings are of note as appetizers.  There is a dish I would like to warn about.  The Lhad Nah can be so over powering with fish sauce that it knocks you out.  This is not a joke.  I was sitting outside in the garden with a pregnant friend and I thought she was gonna squid puke when her dish was put in front of her.  Needless to say I had to take the dish home for fear it would stink up not only her fridge but her entire apartment and the battle with morning sickness would be over before it began for the day.  So I took it home and packed it for SA's lunch the next day.  I am not sure she will ever totally forgive me for all the attention she got during lunch at her office.  That being said, if you are not pregnant and are a fan of fish sauce by all means Lhad Nah is for you, but please don't eat the leftovers at work. 
I would like to congratulate Nicky's on making the top 25 list. We are very proud to have you in our neighborhood and thanks for the wonderful eats!

Check out top 25 poll: http://www.pittsburghmagazine.com/Pittsburgh-Magazine/June-2012/25-Best-Restaurants-in-Pittsburgh-2012/

Nicky's website: http://www.nickysthaikitchen.com/

Nicky's Thai Kitchen (North Side) on Urbanspoon

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