Take-Out From Vieng Thai: Is It as Good as I Think It Is, and Better Than That Place in Fairbanks? Why Don't You Let Us Know

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Photos by Christina Uticone
Pad Thai baseline: Excellent.
You know how when you move to a new neighborhood, you have to do all kinds of things "all over again, for the first time"? Like finding the closest store for grabbing a gallon of milk, or signing up at a new gym, and -- most important of all -- finding new neighborhood restaurants and bars?

Having recently moved out to the wilds of Oak Forest, we are on the prowl for "new favorites." We'd been to Plonk and a few other spots with friends over the years, so we turned to those same friends to ask about food. Specifically, we wanted "easy-to-eat-for-days-while-you-unpack-your-whole-life" take-out food. When they pointed us to Vieng Thai, I winced. "We haven't had really good luck with Thai in Houston. How about Chinese?" Our friends promised us the food was excellent, and warned us that the curries were pretty hot.

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"Visually stunning," as Chef Ramsay would say.

Location Info

Plonk Beer & Wine Bistro

1214 W. 43rd St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Vieng Thai

6929 Long Point Rd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Nit Noi Cafe

2020 Louisiana, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


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13 comments
rgwalt
rgwalt

Check out Thai Lanna on the edge of the Heights at 19th and 610.

Nanking
Nanking

Like most countries, Thailand has regional  cooking differences and specialties. V's and Vieng for instance feature a lot from Northeast Thailand, stuff like Larb, Som Tam, Nom Tok etc. Many other places do Bangkok style, curries etc.

Corey Mueller
Corey Mueller

I'm with Jason, they're far friendlier there too.

kristinapilko
kristinapilko

Vieng Thai is a great little "hole-in-the-wall" spot. The food is well priced, but delicious! The decor is lacking, but the upbeat atmosphere more than makes up for it. On any night of the week, you will see high end cars parked out front, and the lot is ALWAYS packed for dinner service! I'm partial to V's Thai Restaurant and Bar located near Westheimer on Dairy Ashford, but Vieng Thai is a great place when I am craving my Thai food fix, and don't feel like driving more than a few miles from my house!

Jennifer Masters
Jennifer Masters

living 3 blocks behind vieng thai is the best thing about living in the branch

Notabene
Notabene

Yes, Vieng is well known to Houston food fiends, and groups often meet there to share the experience and dishes.  If you haven't tried V's Thai Restaurant and Bar, get out there too.  It's west on Westheimer to Dairy Ashford.  Google Robb Walsh's discussions in this paper.

bobbydigi
bobbydigi

This article is a head scratcher. There have been excellent reviews on this very blog for Thai places in Houston. The general consensus is not that there is no good Thai, but that there are 3-4 great places. Vieng Thai, Asia Market, Nidda Thai, and Thai Gourmet come to mind. You've eaten at these places and been unimpressed??

pennylove
pennylove

The 'slick sausage' was the thing that caught the attention of many, years ago. It's a cured sausage that is rare here but popular in Thailand. And of course the Thais in Houston also know Vieng for it's Beef Noodle Boat, a soup of sorts that I've never really grown to love.

I've always liked the fish cakes, spicy eggplant with basil, ong choy (when available), nam tok, larb, and a dish made with pork belly. Curries are pretty good, but I prefer Kanomwan for those generally.

What's the secret? Maybe Thais in the kitchen instead of amigos doing the cooking. 



galen
galen

@Nanking  

Thank you. Thai is not about Pad Thai, a rather pedestrian Bangkok street food dish, and I'm not so down with the dishes ordered here, especially carry-out, but that's just my bitchy side. Def agree that Nit Noi is sucky compared to other options, again my bitchy but objective side.

kagan34
kagan34

@bobbydigi 

Fu Lu Su and Kanomwan and V's round out the list of great Thai, and they are also a story in themselves, each with its own idiosyncrancy.

Kylejack
Kylejack topcommenter

@bobbydigi Asia Market's close to Oak Forest, too. It's definitely my favorite. That panang curry is something delicious.


Agree with Christina about Nit Noi being subpar, though.

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