Well, as I have already said, I am in Oakland this week. I'm staying downtown and it is so odd to find that there aren't really any restaurants to note that are open past 7pm. The last time I was here, I walked about a mile down to Jack London Square and had BBQ when I was looking for an Indian place. There was an Indian restaurant right by my hotel last time, but when I went there, after 5pm mind you, the employees were there and sitting around eating and talking and when I tried to open the door, it was locked. So, I looked for hours of operation and it said that they opened at 5:00pm, but it was 5:30pm and finally one of the guys came over, tapped his watch and shrugged. I left. I wasn't going to stand around and wait for them to open up whenever they felt like it.
Anyway, last night, I wandered in a different direction round about 7pm (the hotel I'm in only has a "breakfast restaurant"...I've never heard of that in a hotel, really. ) and I passed tons of little Chinese restaurants but all closed. Tons of little stores, all closed. Finally, I went back to my hotel and ordered delivery Chinese. It was totally random, out of the phone book. Food was not bad, but not great. What I was really missing, though was a beverage. Everywhere I go, they have coke and pepsi and dr. pepper, but nothing without caffeine..
Anyway, I digress. Tonight, after not having lunch, I decided that I would eat dinner at 5:30pm and come back to work afterwards. One of the people where I work said there was a good Thai place about 3 blocks away. I walked down there and had yellow curry chicken (they didn't have mussaman chicken...my favorite. They had mussaman beef, but I didn't like that the last time I tried it.) The sauce was tasty, but like soup and not very spicy. The chicken was a mix of meat - not all breast. The servers were very attentive and nice and the atmosphere and the decor was very nice. I didn't love the food, though.
My first Thai love is in Vancouver, WA of all places. It is the first place I ever had Thai food and LIKED it. The first place I had Thai was a chain restaurant and the food was awful. This little place in Vancouver is really good. It is family owned by a great couple who are very kind and attentive. The restaurant is simple but beautifully colored. They know me by name and voice on the phone as we often order takeout from work. This little gem is called Thai Terrace (when I get back on Blogger official, I will link them up).
There are a couple of other great Thai restaurants around Portland - my other favorite is in Downtown, near the MAX tracks on like 3rd and something..The first Thai food restaurant in Oregon, The House of Lapthong is pretty good, too, although, nothing can beat Thai Terrace's Massmun Curry with Chicken or their fabulous fried wontons.
Anyway, I am obviously missing home and my standby Thai place. Will be back in Oregon on Thursday (very late). Looking forward to being home again.