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Tasty Thai Cafe

Editor's pick

Categories: Top restaurant, Restaurant

Cuisine: Thai

Features: Outdoor seating, Takeout, Top restaurant

Cost range: 1.00-10.00

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.

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