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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

The Dirty Restaurant

One of my favorite Thai restaurants in Southern California so far is one we call "The Dirty Restaurant". My 3-year-old nephew Aidan was the one who gave this nickname to the place. The restaurant actually deserves it, because whenever we wipe the glass tabletop with a paper napkin, the napkin inevitably comes out black from all the dust and what-not on the table. This however, does not curb our appetites at all. The dishes are all good and best of all, it's quite cheap. Some of the main courses cost just a little over $5. Special mention goes to the shrimp rolls, which have a piece of mushroom and carrot inside. These add extra texture and taste to them.

Crab Cakes

My Favorite Shrimp Rolls

Shrimp Curry

Shrimp Fried Rice

The small restaurant is run by a Thai family of immigrants, all of whom are very friendly. Because they are so nice, you want to go back also because you want to see their business succeed. Also, as in any ethnic restaurant, the fact that the owners have an accent irrationally adds to the authenticity of the place.

This restaurant is not the place to go if you want to impress a date with your impeccable taste in restaurant decor and ambience. It is however a great place to visit if you just want to chow down on good (and cheap!) Thai food.

Thai Bird House
Somewhere in Long Beach

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