1530 N McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater, FL 33759
Cost range: 1.0-10.0
Payment options: Credit cards accepted
Alcohol: Beer and wine only
Opened mid-year in an unfussy Publix shopping center, the tidy, narrow space features wood floors, clean booths, an open kitchen shielded somewhat by a bamboo half wall and a mechanical bird at the counter that tweets and sings charmingly (a little near-sighted, I was sure it was real). There are even tabletop fedora-wearing frogs that hold the salt and pepper. But all that is secondary because Tasty Thai is true to its name. In the $10 range, green, yellow, red massaman and panang curries can be concocted with your protein of choice at and your specified heat level, although the house basil crispy duck, which comes on a sizzling platter, is worth the splurge at $17.95. I'm also a big fan of the cold salads kicked up with lime and fish sauce, like the nam sod of ground pork with peanuts and ginger on a bed of crunchy cabbage, peppers and onions. It's what Thai embodies: light, vivacious and dynamic with different textures and colors. Prices range from $5.99- $17.95.
This is part of Times Food Critic Laura Reiley's 25 Top Affordable Restaurants in Tampa Bay.