On my last visit to Thai Lily Café, I got a lunch special with pork in red curry. Talk about "the other white meat" — I could barely tell the difference between the shaved lean pork used in the red curry and the chicken that came in the green curry. The red curry was made with red chiles and had a cumin zing to it that I liked a lot.

Lee's Thai curries are fantastic, but they taste like vegetable stews with some fried meats thrown in at the last minute. I would love to try one of Lee's curries with some braised meat in it. How about some red curry with long-simmered duck legs and pineapple?

But you can hardly expect to find that sort of thing on the $7 lunch special. The special includes chicken soup, one dumpling, one fried spring roll and your choice of entrées. It's quite a bargain.

Noodles for the spicy pad kee mao are rolled in-house every day.
Troy Fields
Noodles for the spicy pad kee mao are rolled in-house every day.

Location Info


Thai Lily

2390 S. Dairy Ashford
Houston, TX 77077

Category: Restaurant > Thai

Region: Memorial


Hours: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays; noon to 9 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Dumplings: $5 Tom kha gai: $5 Lunch specials: $7 Curries: $9.50 Pad kee mao: $10

2390 S. Dairy Ashford, 713-474-8388.

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Thai Lily isn't on the same level as Vieng Thai, but it's a real find anyway. What the tiny cafe does best is short-order Thai, especially noodle dishes. Go try an order of Chef Lee's handmade noodles in pad kee mao. Ask for it "very spicy," if you dare.

And don't forget to bring your own beer — or a pair of running shoes.

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