Mekhong Thai is located on Forest Avenue in Portland's Deering neighborhood between Woodfords Corner and Walton Street. Baxter Woods Park, a city park which someday may have paved trails and lighting, is across the street. This stretch of Forest Ave. has a lot to offer foodies, especially foodies interested in Asian fare.
Including Mekhong Thai there are two Thai restaurants, two Vietnamese, one Brit-Indi, one lobster/crab/hot dog stand, an Asian market, a seafood market, a Halal butcher, a blues pub, and a Dominos.
But this review is about Mekhong Thai:
Service is good. Wait staff aren't overly attentive, but they don't seat you, serve you and forget about you either. They're their to refill your water, get you another Singha or Geary's, etc.
There is a dining room along the street, in front of the small bar, and another up a flight of stairs in the back. I like dining in a restaurant on the street with cars going by, but some people like to dine in the quiet. I've seen large dinner parties eating at tables pushed together in both rooms. Atmosphere in both rooms is good.
Food: Vegetables are fresh. (I've been in more expensive Thai places where the veggies were plainly thawed.) Pho, soup, is a new-ish offering on the menu, and it's good. Most of the appetizers are very good, though I haven't gone in and done a starters-only meal you definitely could.
Dinner portions are large. I've been going to Mekhong Thai for years now, and I am pretty certain the takeout portions are even larger than the eat-in portions. If you don't share a plate with your partner you'll probably take some home. But leftover Thai is good.
If you're vegetarian be aware if you don't already know it that a lot of Thai food is made with fish sauce, but just tell the waitress/waiter you want "Pad Thai with no fish sauce," and they'll make it. There are plenty of "add tofu" options.
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