My Thai: Little Bangkok

Forest Hills Thai restaurant is a great choice for takeout or dining in
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Drunken Noodles from Little Bangkok Thai restaurant in Forest Hills. Photo by Wes Kitten.

Ever notice that the first time you taste a dish, if you like it, that’s what you expect it to taste like in perpetuity at every other restaurant that serves it? Maybe it’s just a me thing. 

On that note, I’ve been on a quest to find the perfect Pad Thai since moving back to Michigan over a decade ago. And I’ve had a lot of people tell me to go ‘here’ or ‘there.’ And just about every time, though what I’m tasting is good, I’m slightly disappointed that it just doesn’t taste like the one I had in 1994 from the little hole in the wall down the street in Chicago that delivered till 3 a.m.

Then…I tried Little Bangkok, 850 Forest Hill Ave SE #A. The place is no less than amazing. 

Pad Thai Shrimp is my go-to. Plus, the Thai salad, Tom Kha soup, and the homemade ice cream…yum! The drunken noodles are also exquisite. Speaking of drunken (though I don’t recommend it if you don’t have a designated driver), they have a full bar where you can sit and have a drink while you wait for your takeout food. They also have a dining room, if you’re into that sort of thing.

The thing with Thai food that I’ve found at nearly every place I’ve ever ordered it is that it’s usually done very quickly, so I don’t ever order it ahead of time, or maybe this is just something I tell myself so I have an excuse to enjoy a good Thai bang bang (see drinks menu at right).

So, when you’re on the go this holiday season and looking for something different and delicious to bring home to the family, Little Bangkok’s a good bet. And if you’re not into spicy, that’s okay, the very polite and attentive staff will always ask you what level of spice you prefer.  Now,  on to the drinks.

Get a load of these cocktails:

Thai bang bang –2x Captain Morgan, Thai iced tea & cream; $9

Bangkok breeze – Bacardi, lemon, ginger ale; $7

Thai coco – Captain Morgan, coconut rum, lemongrass syrup, coconut cream; $8

The orchard – Tanqueray, lychee liqueur, lemongrass syrup; $7

Crouching tiger – Jose Cuervo tequila, lychee liqueur; $6

Buddhatini – Grey Goose, coconut rum, lychee liqueur, grenadine; $10

Mai Thai – Captain Morgan, coconut rum, light rum, pineapple juice, grenadine; $9

Golden mango – mango vodka, triple sec, grenadine, mango juice; $8 

Red lotus – skyy vodka, lychee liqueur, cranberry; $7

Lil’ old fasion – diplomatico rum, lemongrass syrup, bitters, cherry; $7

Drunken tomato – dtw local stout, bloody mary mix, tito’s vodka; $8

Thai tom collins   taqueray gin, lemongrass syrup, lime juice, soda water; $8 

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