Word of Mouth

Review preview: Thai Flavor

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 sank to the level of mediocre, I redoubled my efforts to find truly great Thai cuisine in Colorado, so I'd be ready when the inevitable cravings hit.

Eventually, that quest took me to Thai Flavor in Aurora.

The spot's not much to look at from the outside or even from within, but I'd heard rumors that the owner, Surin Thanon, a native of northern Thailand, had a kitchen that was more than capable. So I ate my way through her menu, sampling the curries, the stir-fried noodles and the same soups and salads that I'd gorged on during my trip.

How did Thai Flavor's food fare? Find out tomorrow when the review is posted here.

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Laura Shunk was Westword's restaurant critic from 2010 to 2012; she's also been food editor at the Village Voice and a dining columnist in Beijing. Her toughest assignment had her drinking ten martinis and eating ten Caesar salads over the course of 48 hours. She still drinks martinis, but remains lukewarm on Caesar salads.
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