For two decades, Taste of Thailand has been serving delicious Thai cuisine to healthcare workers, neighbors and other regulars, who all flock to the cozy dining room in Englewood; fans swear by chef/owner Noy Farrell's "flu shot soup" to ward of winter malaise. She and and her husband, Rick Farrell, have kept their menu fresh and modern by using produce from their garden and introducing new dishes gleaned from frequent trips to Thailand -- both the northern region, where Noy was born, and other culinary hotbeds in the country. But while the Farrells's dedication to good food is unwavering, the place where they serve it will soon change: The shopping center where Taste of Thailand is currently located is slated for demolition. So they've found a new spot at the corner of South Broadway and Evans Avenue, where they hope to have the restaurant up and running by late spring.
"The plan was to open in April," explains Rick Farrell, but permitting delays with the city have pushed the date back. The new space will be significantly larger than the original; the restaurant will take up two currently vacant slots in the shopping center on the southeast corner of the intersection. "We'll finally have a real kitchen," he adds.
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The demolition of the original Taste of Thailand site is scheduled for this fall, which means the Farrells won't have to close the Englewood location until the new spot is ready. That's good news if you can't go a week without your Tiger Cry lettuce wraps or whole crispy fish -- or feel like you might be coming down with the flu.