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The Rise and Fall of Bangkokheimer

Thai Bistro's new location is changing the game on the west end of Westheimer.

With the English names on the menu, the mild spice levels and the formal service, Thai Bistro is obviously trying to appeal to the masses. I expected that would mean a lot of lame compromises and cheap ingredients. But I was wrong. Thai Bistro is a rare bird, a mainstream-oriented Thai restaurant that doesn't cut any corners.

The peppers aren't jalapeños; they are Thai peppers. The tart and sweet flavors come from expensive tamarind, not cheap limes and cane sugar. The curries are lovingly homemade from scratch, not whipped up from spice mixes. It's quality Thai food that both veteran Thai food lovers and novices can enjoy.

The shrimp and pineapple curry isn't all that spicy, but it's fragrant and rich with coconut milk.
Troy Fields
The shrimp and pineapple curry isn't all that spicy, but it's fragrant and rich with coconut milk.

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Thai Bistro Restaurant

3241 SW Freeway
Houston, TX 77027

Category: Restaurant > Thai

Region: Greenway Plaza

Thai Bistro

11660 Westheimer Road
Houston, TX 77077

Category: Restaurant > Thai

Region: Memorial

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Hours: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Fridays; noon to 10:30 p.m. Saturdays.

Blazing noodles: $9.95

Pineapple curry: $12.95

Basil Inferno: $9.95

Papaya salad: $7.95

Lunch specials: $8

3241 Southwest Fwy., 713-669-9375

11660 Westheimer, 281-496-5559

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Which is probably why both Thai Bistro locations are packed, while other Thai restaurants in Houston are closing their doors. The Thai Bistro on Westheimer has set a new standard of excellence on the west end of Westheimer. We'll see how many other Thai restaurants on the stretch once known as Bangkokheimer can meet the challenge.

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