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100 Favorite Dishes: Panang curry from US Thai Cafe

100 Favorite Dishes: Panang curry from US Thai Cafe
Lori Midson

As a countdown to the Best of Denver 2010, coming April 1, Cafe Society is serving up a hundred of our favorite dishes in Denver. Send your own nominations to cafe@westword.com.

Number 69: Panang curry from US Thai Cafe

For those of you who complain bitterly about bland Thai food, welcome to US Thai Cafe, which is not for the weak and meek. Beautifully executed traditional Thai dishes -- papaya salad, larb, tom yum, drunken noodles and curries -- are what this Edgewater joint does best, taking the holy foursome of Thai tastes -- salty, sour, sweet and spicy -- and elevating them to sublimity. The panang curry, aromatic with chiles, garlic, ginger and coconut milk, is a hangover cure, midnight snack during HBO reruns of True Blood, afternoon craving and fiery addiction that should be bottled and sold by the bucket. And the kitchen crew, bless their sweaty brows, doesn't shy away from delivering a chile punch. If you can't stand the heat, stay away from their kitchen.

Hungry for more? The dishes in our countdown thus far are linked below:

No. 100 Chicken-fried steak from Lola No. 99 Alaskan reindeer sausage from Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs No. 98 Mac-and-cheese fries from Jonesy's EatBar No. 97 Soft egg ravioli from Prima No. 96 Pho - any pho -- from Pho 95 No. 95 Assiette de charcuterie maison from Z Cuisine À Côté No. 94: Cheeseburger from Larkburger No. 93: BBQ Masher from Cabin Creek Smokehouse No. 92: Apple pancake from the Original Pancake House No. 91: Burrata from Osteria Marco No. 90: Eggs Benedict from Devil's Food Bakery No. 89: Chile Relleno from La Fiesta No. 88: Deviled eggs from Steuben's No. 87: Corn-in-a-cup from Jack-n- Grill No. 86: Enchiladas from Taco House No. 85: Pupusas from Pupusas Sabor Hispano No. 84: Baklava from Ali Baba Grill No. 83: Masa-fried oyster shooters from Deluxe No. 82: Tacos al pastor from Los Carboncitos No. 81: Salsa bar from Tacos Y Salsas No. 80: Dim Sum from Star Kitchen No. 79: Green chile cheeseburger from Cherry Cricket No. 78: Fries from Encore No. 77: Shanghai-style dumplings from Chopsticks China Bistro No. 76: Chile relleno burrito from El Taco de Mexico No. 75: Fish fry from GB Fish and Chips No. 74: Posole from Tarasco's No. 73: Sausage, ham and egg biscuit from Table 6 No. 72: Bacon flight from the Berkshire No. 71: Tasty Treats from Gaetano's No. 70: French dip from Udi's


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