Guide to pad Thai in Milwaukee
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I grew up eating noodles two ways: smothered in red sauce or mixed with an orange powder that came from a packet. It wasn't until college that I realized, through poverty and a quest for new experiences, that noodles could be prepared in ways that I had never imagined. One of my favorite college finds was, and still is, pad Thai.
Pad Thai, one of Thailand's national entrees, is a combination of stir-fried rice noodles, eggs, fish sauce, tamarind juice, red chili pepper, bean sprouts and, sometimes, carrots and / or scallions. The meal is usually made to order with shrimp, chicken or tofu and garnished with peanuts, coriander and lime juice. Hot sauce, like the extremely spicy Sriracha, is a common condiment to add kick to the dish.
Milwaukee has many Thai restaurants, all of which offer pad Thai. Over the years, I have tried many of the pad Thai entrees in Brew City, and most recently, I went to Thai-namite Thai Bistro & Sushi Bar, 932 E. Brady St., to sample the city's latest offering.
Thai-namite has a clever moniker and a clean, contemporary interior. We appreciated that all of the seating, except at the sushi bar, is next to large windows. The menu is a fusion of Thai and Japanese cuisine, including curries, sushi, sashimi, noodle dishes, volcano chicken, soups, salads and appetizers from crab Rangoon to spring rolls.
Although many of Thai-namite's menu items were tempting, we were there for the pad Thai.
Thai-namite's version is different from any other pad Thai I've tried. It's called "Wrap-a-Pad-Thai" and the most notable feature is that it's served omelet style, with cooked egg wrapped around the dish instead of the traditional pan fried egg that's mixed in.
Thai-namite's pad Thai sauce is the highpoint of the dish. It's very flavorful yet and lighter and less oily than some. The inclusion of shredded carrots, instead of carrot chunks, was noted and appreciated. Plus, the portion size was spot-on. It is definitely a lot of food, but it's probably not going to require a to-go box.
Here are restaurants featuring my favorite pad Thai recipes. Feel free to add your picks via the Talkback feature.
King & I
830 N. Old World 3rd Street, (414) 276-4181
The King & I's pad Thai is a classic recipe that's very well mixed. It sometimes features extra scallions which is a bonus. The cost is $8.95 for lunch or $12.95 for the dinner version.
2237 S. 108th St., (414) 541-1234
Singha Thai's pad Thai is made with tofu (unless another meat is specified) and is the perfect blend of flavors. The amount of peanuts seems to vary, so ask for more or less peanuts if this is important. And don't let the strip mall deceive you; this place has a nice, quiet interior. The cost of the pad Thai is $9.99.
3417 W. National Ave., (414) 647-0812
Thai Barbeque's pad Thai has an amazing sauce that's just the right blend of chilis and fish oil. The cost of this dish for lunch or dinner is $7.99
932 E. Brady St., (414) 837-6280
As written above, this extremely flavorful and unique pad Thai is served "omelet-style" although it can be served without the egg wrap if requested. The cost is $10.
Other Milwaukee Thai restaurants with pad Thai on the menu:
Bangkok House Restaurant
4698 S. Whitnall Ave., (414) 482-9838
E E Sane Thai Cuisine
1806 N. Farwell Ave., (414) 224-8284
Mai Thai Restaurant
1230 E. Brady St., (414) 810-3386
5930 W. North Ave., (414) 257-2228
7225 N. 76th St., (414) 353-4219
Thai A Kitchen
2851 N. Oakland Ave., (414) 962-8851
3800 W. National Ave., (414) 431-8489
838 N. Old World 3rd St., (414) 224-7076
i tried most thai places Pad Thai in milwaukee and decided to check out Thai A Kitchen two months ago.... all gotta say is that Thai A Kitchen "New Pad Thai" is by far the best... There regular pad thai is not bad but the new pad thai is very good and the price is cheaper then other places...
After reading this article my mouth is watering!
molly: you're in riverwest and can't comment on ee sane, mai thai or thai a kitchen? let me get that for you. for the spiciest and largest portion: ee sane - great balanced flavor and you'll get at least two more meals out of it. for service that isn't abhorring, i'd choose thai a kitchen's "new pad thai" which is saltier than their standard pad thai, which has a very sweet flavor that is delicious but exhausts the palate quickly. mai thai's pad thai is pretty run of the mill and certainly not bad, though for the price the portion pales in comparison to nearby ee sane. i've had thainamite's offering once and will agree that it is unique and definitely has become a regular in the rotation.
Great article! Not sure if it's still around but Rice Palace on National (right near Thai Lotus) had some fantastic Pad Thai...
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