Thai Towne Eatery
Tucked away in the alley known as The Courtyard in downtown Orange, at 152 N. Glassell, Suite B, is a little bistro called Thai Towne Eatery. It’s a busy place (always a good sign that the food is good) run by a pleasant, cheerful Thai family, but there’s indoor seating for a couple of dozen diners, augmented by a shared outdoor seating area.
I confess to a fondness for Thai food, and usually find that the tiny, family places are tops. Thai Towne Eatery does not disappoint. Our 15-minute wait was well worthwhile, and we’ll know next time to try to avoid the most popular hours for lunch or dinner.
The list of starters included familiar egg rolls, pot stickers, satay appetizers; shrimp and house salads; seafood and chicken soups. There’s also a salad called Larb – a choice of ground beef, chicken or pork with lime juice, onions and chili; Tom Ka Kai, a hot and sour soup with chicken and mushrooms in coconut milk; and fresh spring rolls filled with shrimp and veggies with a dipping sauce, but not fried (I love these!).
A pot of soup (as opposed to a bowl) is adequate for two, and comes in a metal bowl that has a chimney in the center, with a flame to keep the soup hot – mind your knuckles as you serve!
Your next choices range from noodle-based dishes; entrees served with rice; assorted curries; seafood; barbeque specialties and special rice dishes. The noodle, entrée and rice-based choices each offer different preparations (vegetables, nuts, eggs, spices) to which you add beef, pork, chicken or tofu. Seafood includes steamed ginger fish and spicy scallops. BBQ specials are chicken, short ribs, and a beef dish listed as Crying Tiger. The difficulty you may have is just making a decision between all the mouth-watering selections, so it’s really nice to go with friends, have everyone make a different choice, and then share the proceeds. My yardstick for a Thai restaurant is Pad Thai - here you’ll find a very nice one.
Sticky rice with mango is offered for dessert, if you have any space following these ample servings. Beer and wine are also available, together with Thai iced tea or iced coffee, soft drinks, a coconut drink and hot tea.
Prices here are reasonable and servings are generous. Thai Towne Eatery serves a daily lunch special from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. for $8 to $9 per person. For dinner, appetizers, salads and soups are $6-$10; main dishes, $10-$15; rice specialties, $10-$12. The restaurant is open for dinner from 4 to 9 p.m., closed on Sunday. Take-outs will provide you with a lovely lunch or dinner the next day. Call (714) 532-9600. They will deliver orders of $20 or more, free within a three-mile radius. And talk to them about catering – they do that too!
Don’t forget to tell them the Foothills Sentry sent you. Enjoy!