• Blogs

    August 21, 2014

    Reader: Best Thai in Denver Has One of the Worst Parking Situations

    Rick and Noy Farrell opened Taste of Thailand twenty years ago this month. The restaurant has remained true to its goals -- authentic dishes made with fresh ingredients -- for the past two decades. But over that same period, dining habits have changed a lot (few people linger over lunch, for example ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2014

    Taste of Thailand Turns Twenty With Fresh Spirit and "Beautiful Fish"

    When Taste of Thailand opened, there were a total of five Thai restaurants in Denver. In the intervening twenty years, Thai cuisine has blossomed in town, but Taste of Thailand has stuck close to its time-tested formula of garden-fresh cuisine, traditional Thai recipes (with a few Colorado twists), ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2014

    Denver musicians talk about the local bands that inspire them

    Every year, we celebrate the impossibly dense and diverse Denver music scene with the Westword Music Showcase and Westword Music Awards. We brought those to a close last week with our awards ceremony; you can find a list of all the nominees and winners at We're starting to think ab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2013

    Twelve best Thai restaurants in Denver

    With the temperatures dropping, Thai food -- with all its fresh flavors and heat -- is sounding very appetizing. Thai Monkey Club, which Gretchen Kurtz just reviewed, is just one of the exciting new spots that's joined a line of favorite standbys. Spice junkies often quabble over the spots with the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2013

    Guess where I'm eating larb, laab, lahb or laap?

    There are numerous spellings for this fiery and tart toasted rice salad that's a daily staple in Isan, a rural area of Thailand that borders on Laos, the birthplace of larb, laab, lahb or laap, but no matter how you spell it, the intensely aromatic flavors of dried ground chiles, fish sauce, fresh l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2013

    First look: Urban Thai opens in Longmont's Prospect neighborhood

    Edward Vanegas says he's drawing a line between traditional Thailand and the vital Thailand of today with his Longmont eatery, Urban Thai. "There's an older senior population that is the traditional Thai people that you come in contact with. They are very connected to the traditions," says Vanegas, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2013

    At J's Noodles Star Thai, rice dishes also shine

    In A Federal Case, I'll be eating my way up Federal Boulevard -- south to north -- within Denver city limits. I'll be skipping the national chains and per-scoop Chinese joints, but otherwise I'll report from every vinyl booth, walk-up window and bar stool where food is served. Here's the report on t ... More >>

  • Film

    October 11, 2012
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    August 21, 2012

    Tyler Nemkov: The thing where I say what I'm doing

    Three years ago, Tyler Nemkov was a Johnson & Wales student who came to Cafe Society as an intern, interested in where a culinary career could take him. So far, it's taken him to J-school at the University of Colorado, a gig at Cured and, at the edge of 23, a short-lived job as exec chef at Mateo th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2012

    Jenna Johansen talks frankly about her boot from Around the World in 80 Plates

    It's been several months since Bravo's Around the World in 80 Plates was filmed in cities spanning the globe, but the memories for hometown chef and contestant Jenna Johansen, who made it through seven countries -- and countless challenges -- before she was given the boot in last night's Thailand ep ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2012

    Thai Monkey Club swings into Golden

    Kong Phom, a native of Thailand who has been in the States for thirty years, doesn't waste time: It took just a few months after he opened Thai Monkey Club, a curry and noodle parlor, on South Broadway last year to ink a deal on a second spot.

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2011

    A 16th Street Mall vendor gets a permanent home at Thai Street Food restaurant

    For six years, Utumporn Killoran has been peddling Thai curries from a cart on the 16th Street Mall. And her recipes, culled from her native Isaan Province in Thailand, have gained her such committed fans that they're willing to wait in line for an hour just to wolf down her lunches.

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2011

    Thai Monkey Club opens in Baker on Saturday with a buy-one-get-one-free special for a week

    ​Real "Thai spicy." That's what owner and Chiang Mai native Joy Phom promises at Thai Monkey Club, opening on Saturday at 102 South Broadway, in the Baker neighborhood. To celebrate (and bring more folks through the door), she's offering a buy-one-get-one-free special up to $10 that's applicab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2011

    Dancing Noodle Thai Cuisine takes a summer time-out

    ​Dancing Noodle Thai Cuisine, the family-run spot we named Best Thai Restaurant in 2010, is closed until Thursday, July 21, while the couple that owns it is on sabbatical in Thailand. And that's ultimately good news: Once Dancing Noodle reopens, its commitment to authentic Thai fare should be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2011

    Taste of Thailand goes garden-to-table with Garden Blossoms soup

    Jenny AnThe homegrown flowers in the Garden Blossoms soup are edible. ​Noy Farrell doesn't use pesticides in her garden. The chef/co-owner of Taste of Thailand uses ladybugs and beer instead. The ladybugs eat the insects that try to devour her greens and herbs, and a shallow bowl of beer attra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2011

    Cars 2 and other sequels that tried (and failed) to freshen up by going abroad

    ​What's the best way to perk up a tired movie franchise? Most of the time, there is no way. But movie producers still continue to try by taking the old characters overseas and hoping the new locale will reheat the leftovers. Case in point: Cars 2. The film comes out this Friday and promises to ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 17, 2011
  • Blogs

    March 17, 2011

    Eat like the Thai: family-style...and with a fork

    ​Without exception, during every visit I made to Thai Flavor for this week's review -- and during the lunch I ate at US Thai Cafe for this week's Second Helping -- I overheard at least one table ask for chopsticks. I'd venture a guess that those diners thought they were being respectful, eatin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2011

    Review preview: Thai Flavor

    Mark Manger​Over the course of my life in Denver, I've eaten a lot of mediocre Thai food, putting down bowls of curry and plates of pad Thai that were edible -- but forgettable -- up and down the Front Range. But this winter, after I returned from Southeast Asia, where I'd eaten nothing that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2011

    Stupid ad of the week: Champ Thai Drink Co.'s working man

    Not this kind.​Thankfully, foolishness is a worldwide phenomenon. Otherwise when we would see another culture's advertising on the internetz we might feel all dumb by comparison and end up sending them angry emoticons in their comment boxes -- because we all know Emoticon is the universal lang ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2011

    Boulder restaurateur Opas Sinprasong will do time for exploiting workers

    Daily Camera​Last October, Opas Sinprasong -- a Thai national who once owned Siamese Plate, Siamese Plate on the Go and Sumida's in Boulder and Louisville -- pleaded guilty to harboring illegal aliens and failure to pay taxes. Yesterday he was sentenced: The restaurateur will do time, pay a h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2011

    100 Favorite Dishes: Larb nua from Taste of Thailand

    Lori Midson​ No. 80: Larb nua from Taste of Thailand. Taste of Thailand chef/owner Noy Farrell, who has been turning out Thai food since 1994 from the kitchen confines of her faithfully crowded restaurant across the street from Swedish Hospital, grows vegetables, berries, herbs and various ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2010

    Dear Lotus of Siam, please come to Denver next

    ​Cafe Society can't get enough of Lotus of Siam. When she was in Las Vegas last week, Patricia Calhoun twice ventured off the Strip to visit the northern Thai restaurant in its original location, a silly strip mall off Sahara Avenue. That was after a strong endorsement from Lori Midson, who o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2010

    Siamese Plate on the Go spot gets a fresh start as NaRaYa

    ​Pranom Kiatreungwattana, who goes by "P.K.", and her father had been looking for a spot for a Boulder restaurant for two years when Opas Sinprasong, who'd been charged with human trafficking, left his Siamese Plate/Siamese Plate on the Go spot at 1575 Folsom Street up for grabs. And grab it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2010

    Opas Sinprasong, Siamese Plate owner, pleads guilty to treating workers like slave labor

    NaRaYa has replaced Siamese Plate on the Go​I was at Lotus of Siam, one of Lori Midson's favorite restaurants in the world (and she's right -- too bad it's in Las Vegas), eating and catching up on my Westword reading, when I found this report by Michael Roberts on a Thai restaurant group much ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2010

    Today: Cook Street focuses on North Africa

    ​Those of us who love food tend to love it from all regions of the globe. But while we might appreciate certain exotic cuisines, it's sometimes difficult to incorporate them into our own cooking repertoire. You can change all that with Cook Street School of Fine Cooking's A World of Taste ser ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2009

    When cold and flu season hit, reach for chicken soup

    ​Cold and flu season has arrived, and while there are vaccines and a multitude of drugs out there that will be used to combat these illnesses, doctors remain constant on one remedy: chicken soup. According to WebMD, doctors prefer milder, natural alternatives to treat cold and flu cases, with ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 1, 2009
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    February 21, 2008

    Vowing the Crowd

    Happily ever after is indeed the case for five of six men who went to Thailand in search of love and marriage two years ago as part of a ten-day trip with Richard Beals’ Denver-based Thailand Romance Tours. The company was founded by Richard and his wife, Seow, who guided the group and took them t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2007

    Road Trip: Around The World In a Toyota

    Days on the road: 134 Miles traveled: 6,034 Current location: Bangkok, Thailand The World By Road founders Steve Shoppman and Steve Bouey left Denver five months ago to embark on their drive around the world ("Road Warriors," January 25). So far, they’ve crossed New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2007
  • Dining

    February 15, 2007

    US Thai

    This little storefront curries favor with fans of Thai food.

  • News

    October 26, 2006

    Wed Alert

    They went to Thailand to find lasting love -- and so far, their luck is holding.

  • News

    April 6, 2006

    Letters to the Editor

    From the week of April 6, 2006

  • News

    March 2, 2006

    Tough Lover

    Highland Ranch's loss is Thailand's gain?

  • News

    March 2, 2006

    From Denver, With Love

    For American men tired of American women, Richard Beals knows how to Thai the knot.

  • Food & Drink

    March 24, 2005

    Best Thai Restaurant

    Yummy Yummy Tasty Thai

  • Dining

    December 4, 2003

    One Night in Bangkok

    The new Thai Basil has a way with translation.

  • Food & Drink

    March 27, 2003

    Best Thai Restaurant

    Thai Basil Asian Fusion

  • Dining

    March 28, 2002

    Check, Please!

    Readers give our food critic something to chew on.

  • Dining

    January 17, 2002

    Street Dreams

    Tuk Tuk takes casual Thai food indoors.

  • Best of Denver

    June 29, 2000
  • Dining

    May 25, 2000

    All Thai'd Up

    Two new eateries to feed your habit.

  • Dining

    September 2, 1999

    When Bad Things Happen to Good Restaurants

    J's Noodles muddles along without its owner at the helm.

  • Dining

    March 25, 1999
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    January 15, 1998
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    June 28, 1995
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    April 5, 1995
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    December 14, 1994
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    July 11, 1992
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