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Thai Orchid

  • Address 2231 W Burnside St. Portland, OR 97210
  • Phone: (503) 226-4542
  • Website: http://www.thaiorchidrestaurant.com/

Chances are, if you’ve left Portland proper and gone out into the suburbs, you may have seen a Thai Orchid before. The chain is found all over the Portland metro area, as far to the west as Hillsboro, as far to the south as Salem, as far to the east as West Linn, and as far north as Vancouver. Yes, even though Thai Orchid now has a far regional reach, it hasn’t forgot where it came from. Indeed, it has its roots right in Northwest Portland, in a small hole in the wall on Burnside Street near 22nd Place.

The interior of Thai Orchid is very simple and efficient, with quite a few tables arranged near the doorway, and a bar and register found in the back. When you’ve gone to some of the other Thai Orchids around the area, the spartan decorations at the original location may come as somewhat of a surprise. Well, at a Thai restaurant, it’s not the decorations that count: it’s the food. And when you taste the food at Thai Orchid, you will immediately understand why it has become popular enough to spread out of Portland like wildfire.

It hits the mark on everything you want in a Thai restaurant. The food is consistently good, the ingredients are always fresh, and the portion sizes are always generous considering the price. This is reflected in the place’s awards, as it routinely gets prizes from the Oregonian, the Willamette Week, and the Oregonian. During lunch Thai Orchid is limited to just a few noodle dishes such as the pad thai, the pad kee mao, and the gaeng pa nang, a curry with kaffir leaves, green beans, and meat. At dinner, your appetite can run wild as you order appetizers such as giew tod, a Thai chicken wonton, entrees such as spicy basil lamb, and desserts such as fried banana and coconut ice cream. It’s been proven that even thinking of Thai Orchid will make you hungrier.

Thai Orchid is open Monday through Friday for lunch from 11:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. and for dinner from 4:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. On the weekend, Thai Orchid is open from noon until 9:30 p.m.

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