I have a few favorites in town. Among them are My Thai, Taste of Thai, and Thai Taste. The one I frequent mostly is Thai Arawan. First opened in a Georgia Street strip mall, they moved to their current location on Wolflin a few years later. The menu includes all the expected staples. There is the ubiquitous Pick Two Lunch Special featuring the conventional Sweet & Sour Pork and Broccoli Beef. Their Pad Thai and Fried Rice are solid, delicious examples of the regular Thai offerings. But if you look a little closer, you will see some unique items varying from the Vaguely Asian theme. The list of curries is distinctive as are the soups. The Arawan Pad Thai is a variant on traditional Pad Thai with the entire dish put into an omelet. One of my favorite items is something not listed on the menu: the Atkins Bowl. It is a pile of your choice of meat with a slew of vegetables that would make any diet proud. I get mine with Chicken and ask for Spicy Thai Style. Give it a try. It’s amazing.
Today’s order was an appetizer of Beef Jerky and Sticky Rice, Arawan Pad Thai, Mongolian Beef, and the Lunch Special with Pepper Steak and Lemon Chicken for the non-adventurous traitor in the group. Side Note, eat what you like, but when you are with self-described Joint Snobs, prepare to catch Hell for it. Jerky and Sticky Rice were so good it was 2/3rds gone before I could snap a pic. This was my first time for the Arawan Pad Thai and I wasn’t sure what to expect. It was good, but because eggs are not my favorite thing, I prefer the Traditional Pad Thai. The Mongolian Beef was spicy and delightful. I am sure the Lunch Special was good, because the plate was clean.
I think the Amarillo Chop Suey Joints are mostly gone, replaced with Vaguely Asian Joints and we are all better because of it. We can still get our Sesame Chicken fix, while branching out to Massaman Curry. And mom can still get Fried Rice, too.