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Years ago I ate dinner at a Thai restaurant called Sripraphai, off the 7 subway line in Woodside, Queens. That’s where I fell in love with Thai cuisine. Vibrant, colorful salads with a palate-wakening sour chile bite, resonant coconut cream curries whose complex spices bloomed in flavor like a gardenia bud opening in the sun. I’ve been chasing that dragon ever since. The T…

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When Saigon Café opened next to Coles in 2001, it wasn’t the first Vietnamese place in Buffalo, but it was the first to present Vietnamese cuisine in genteel style, as befitting its Elmwood Village address. Last year, the restaurant moved a mile south to a bigger space with a full bar, and expanded its Vietnamese and Thai menu with more Vietnamese specialties. When I visit…

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The owner of Thai Me Up food truck is working on opening a Lancaster restaurant. Kim Suphankomut said he hopes to open Water Lily Café in about three weeks. It’ll be at 5354 Genesee St., Lancaster. The 35-seat restaurant will offer Thai dishes, Vietnamese specialties like pho, or noodle soup, and Asian-American fusion dishes like sliders, he said. The Thai Me Up food tr…

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For the last few years, if you asked me for the best Thai restaurant in town, my recommendation was Thai Orchid on Evans Road in Williamsville. In past articles, I have extolled the pleasures of its crispy catfish salad and tom kha, coconut milk chicken soup. Recently, after sampling some of the Thai cuisine offered by competitors, I returned for dinner, to see if my reco…

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On a cold and dreary night last month, I stopped by Riverside's new Burmese-Thai eatery, Lin Restaurant, for dinner. My table was the only one occupied for most of our time there, which is a crying shame. The dishes we tried were were full of flavor, heartwarming versions of Burmese and Thai dishes worth checking out for fans of Asian cuisine, and people just looking for …

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A generation ago, Buffalonians seeking the exotic sensation of pad Thai had to cross international borders. In 1990, the closest Thai restaurant was in Welland, Ont. Since then, Thai restaurants have become the second-most-ordinary Asian food in town, a competitive niche. Yummy Thai’s Kenmore Avenue outpost offers a menu of standard Americanized Thai that might have thril…