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Ethnic Eats: Thai Pot Cafe

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A month ago, a reader e-mailed me asking if I’d dined at Thai Pot Cafe, a small restaurant located on South Colorado Boulevard. I immediately set out find where it was located—and to make lunch plans.

The no-frills eatery is run by Thai-born cook Tui Promsomsri and her American husband Charlie Brown. You rarely see Promsomsri, but you hear her: Every couple of minutes a bell dings indicating another dish is ready to be carried from the kitchen to the bustling dining room.

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My dining companion and I opted for the pad see ew with tofu. This dish, which is pan-fried with soy sauce, is common lunch fare in Thailand—and Thai Pot’s version did not disappoint. The wide rice noodles were tender, lapped with the salty-sweet caramel of black soy, and tossed with broccoli and egg.

Our second dish of pineapple curry (kang sub pra rod) was a sweet-and-sour red curry redolent of coconut milk—and a perfect foil for the savory pad see ew.

Tip: Since this is a small, mom-and-pop operation, service can be slow—plan ahead.

1550 S. Colorado Blvd., 303-639-6200

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