The Rice Pot, New Haven CT
Posted 14 August 2011 - 08:04 AM
Our son, however, is a huge fan of Thai food so a couple of years ago the search began for good Thai in New Haven. We discovered the Rice Pot, on State Street, early in the process. It is an unremarkable-looking place on a lonely stretch of State Street, with a handwritten sign indicating the parking lot. The interior is not particularly nice, though it is clean. The food is good, not world-class but entirely credible.
The tripartite lunch specials are particularly good. Yesterday I had drunken noodles, shrimp with ginger and mixed vegetables, and spring rolls. Also good are the standard noodle dishes, particularly pad see ew. The summer rolls ("fresh roll" on this menu) are very well executed, and the satay offerings are generous and tender. The only weak link I've found so far in the offerings has been the green-papaya salad, which is limp and not particularly well seasoned.
We've tried other Thai places in New Haven -- downtown on Chapel Street there are about five of them in close proximity, and there are Thai restaurants throughout the area -- and nothing else has come close to the Rice Pot.
So, FYI, if you are in New Haven an want Thai, the Rice Pot is the place to go.
1027 State St, New Haven, CT 06511-3959
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Posted 14 August 2011 - 02:42 PM
Posted 17 August 2011 - 12:38 PM
Both are OK "Thai" if you are really on a budget and need a fix. I've eaten at Thai Taste many times but gave up on it because of cleanliness issues, mediocre food, service and Thai Taste being overrun with fruit flies.
IMHO the nearby (to Thai Taste), Bangkok Garden is better, though the food is somewhat comparable.
My favorite, by far, is The Terrace (in Hamden, not far away). We were there yesterday. Amy is a great French trained chef. They will pretty-much make anything you want. A decent wine and beer selection, too. If you want, she will make some seriously hot food for you. I particularly like their "Jungle Curry".
Besides the great food at The Terrace, I have a long string of negatives regarding meals at the Rice Pot and Thai Taste. I just can't go back to either!
Edited by Scargo, 17 August 2011 - 12:45 PM.
If you`re not big enough to lose, you`re not big enough to win! Try this jalapeno, son. It ain't hot...
Posted 23 August 2011 - 04:07 PM