#LocalFoodieFriday: Simply Thai
Hey y’all, and welcome to another Local Foodie Friday! I started this series off last week with a visit to Vinaigrette Salad Kitchen; and in a move that is incredibly uncharacteristic of me, I’ve actually managed to stay on schedule and bring you another post this week!
One of my good friends from high school just moved back to the US from Austria, and was visiting Louisville before finishing the move back to Chicago. We planned to meet up for lunch, and once I knew we both loved Thai food, I knew exactly where to go: Simply Thai.
Simply Thai has long been a staple in my life, and it holds so many good memories of great food and friends. It’s my go-to Thai place, and the place that makes the best and most unique pad thai that I’ve ever tasted. I make it a point to introduce this restaurant to all of my friends, and have been known to choose this as a date spot just so I can determine how compatible we are (oddly enough, the man I’m marrying is one of the few that has refused to try Thai food, which begs the question: is this headed for disaster?? Stay tuned).
Originally located in St. Matthews near the Shelbyville Road/Frankfort Avenue split, Simply Thai opened up a Middletown location towards the end of my high school years. This was important, because no visit home from college was complete without a trip to get some of my favorite pad thai (complete with me tragically forgetting my leftovers in my parents’ fridge when I headed back to Lexington). This recipe seriously has given me so much comfort over the years, and it’s one I’ve never been able to find anywhere else. It’s covered in a delicious sauce and has large chunks of peanut in it, rather than the dry crumbly dust that some other places use as a garnish. The emphasis of the dish seems to be on the chili pepper rather than the lime, which goes over well with me since I’m such a fan of chilis!
This trip, I decided to switch it up and have some curry, as it’s been a while since I had a nice Thai curry. I chose the massaman curry, which is a brilliant coconutty base with potatoes and your choice of protein. You have the option of a spice level on a spectrum from 1-5, and I chose the 5 to give myself a little challenge. I find it doable but not painful, and most of my friends that don’t enjoy spicy food feel comfortable in the 2-3 range.
Between the appetizers, sushi, curries, noodle dishes, and traditional desserts, you’re sure to find something you love at Simply Thai. Just keep an eye on the clock: like many South Asian restaurants, they close at 2:30 and reopen at 5 for dinner. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had a craving for Thai at 3 PM and had to either wait or find something else!
So there it is, the second installment of Local Foodie Friday! If any Louisvillians are reading, let me know in the comments if you have any recommendations or must-try spots to feature in the upcoming weeks. Happy holidays to you all!