When it comes to Thai food in Wichita, we are so incredibly fortunate to have so great options around. So many people focus what’s north of Kellogg but it’s time to head south and introduce readers to something beyond amazing. True Thai fans have heard of it but if you haven’t, it’s time to get acquainted with them. The subject of this next review is Chiang Mai Thai Restaurant located at the corner of 31st and Hillside.
3141 S Hillside
Wichita, KS 67216
Monday – Thursday: 11am – 9pm
Friday – Saturday: 11am – 10pm
Sunday: 11am – 8pm
For any foodie in town that has a bucket list of restaurants they must try, Chiang Mai should be towards the top of their list. Their dedication and focus on bringing authentic Thai food to people’s palates should never go unnoticed. Fortunately there’s this GREAT blog to help people stay informed!
Their website has their full menu where you can also order online. It’s not too often you find a small south side restaurant with online ordering capabilities but Chiang Mai has got you covered!
I’ve been there plenty of times and not sure why it’s taken me this long to write something up on Chiang Mai. So we’re going to go ahead and cover a couple different dining outings.
One of my visits, I took a friend who’s never had Thai food before. I wanted to make sure she had a good sampling of different options. We ordered three items:
- Som Tum Thai: papaya salad with chili pepper, lime juice, and tomato served with cabbage
- Pad Pik Gai with Egg: stir fried chicken with vegetables, served with an egg and spicy sauce
- Pad Thai: needs no introduction
All three dishes were incredible. Starting with the papaya, it was much spicier than we thought it would be but didn’t complain at all. We love spicy foods. For the record, you can always ask the Chiang Mai to bring down the heat level when you order your food.
The Pad Pik Cai with Egg is essentially stir fry that you place over a bed of rice. Their spicy sauce really adds so much flavor to it. If you love stir fry, this is definitely the type of dish for you.
And of course, there’s the Pad Thai, it’s a Thai favorite among many people and you can do no wrong here. Many people even consider Chiang Mai to be the best Pad Thai in town and I have no argument against it. I think it’s excellent.
My friend was extremely impressed with Thai food and was beating herself on why she’s never been open to trying it before. Folks, we have converted at least one person over to the world of Thai. Will you be next?
If you’re in a rush, carryout is always an option. I’ve had it before and the quality doesn’t drop any. The Thai Basil at Chiang Mai seen in the first of the two pictures above is possibly the best Thai Basil you can get in town. I had it to go and about 15 minutes later, the flavor was still rocking my taste buds.
The food portion you get is more than enough. You won’t feel ripped off after any meal. They are one of those restaurants that literally has at least one item for everybody. I’ve had seven to eight different dishes and still feel like I’m missing out.
I can’t stress enough how important everyone at least give Chiang Mai a try at least once. While it’s no secret that our city has tremendous options for Thai food, you won’t be doing yourself any justice if you just stick to one place. Visit Chiang Mai and your taste buds will be forever grateful.
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