For over a year I’ve driven by EZ Thai without stopping. Small and unassuming in its strip mall location, I thought that it was more of a fast food establishment, but I couldn’t have been more wrong.
Though tiny inside and modestly decorated, the restaurant offers food that is not only delicious, but exquisitely presented. I’ve tried several dishes since discovering this place, but my favorite of all is the spicy beef salad. Contrary to its name, it isn’t excessively hot, offers a delicate balance of flavors, and, like the rest of EZ Thai dishes, is created with freshest ingredients.
Another favorite, the shrimp pad Thai, is generously loaded with large jumbo prawns. Any noodle dish is big enough to share, which is a great idea if you want dessert. For a lighter meal, an appetizer and salad is a great combination. Each appetizer comes with its own dipping sauce. I like the satay chicken and spring rolls.
Chicken panang is delicious, but if you ask for hot, you’ll need a fire engine to cool you off. They don’t mess around here. The great thing is that while Thai food does traditionally have a kick to it, EZ Thai will modify any dish on their menu to suit your heat preference. A lack of heat doesn’t mean bland, though, so even those preferring a tearless dish will still have a plateful of flavors to savor.
To counteract the heat of some dishes, try the Thai iced tea. It’s one of my favorite things about eating Thai. The traditional drink is made with Thai black tea and condensed milk. It’s very sweet, but cleanses and cools the palate.
At lunch, you can choose an entree with your choice of beef, chicken, pork, seafood, or vegetarian for less than $10. It comes with a small side salad, soup, and a mound of sticky rice.
If you’re new to Thai, this is a great place to try. The waitresses are friendly and will happily explain the dishes and help you find the right meal for you.
EZ Thai Restaurant