Ethnic Eats: Thai Pot Cafe

May 2010
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. 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