It's difficult to find anything but "American" franchise restaurants in this sleepy bedroom community -- if you want a meal with lively flavors, and rather authentic, ethnic tradition, Sawatdee Thai restaurant is the place to go in Saint Cloud.
Sawatdee is part of a chain of 7 locations in Minnesota. This one is every bit as charming as all of the ones located in The Cities. If you're stranded at a hotel, or one of the local universities, they DELIVER!!
Everything is walkable in downtown St Cloud. This restaurant is close to everything, and has a pretty great choice of foods on their menu. Their Pad Thai is very good...we've encouraged them to challenge us on the spiciness; but they have yet to really turn up the dial.
Luckily, they're happy to bring you a dish or two of spice and sauces, to make your 4-star a jumpy hot 5-stars.
They're probably used to the local patrons whose tastebuds are fearful of anything that might make them sweat. The thing about Thai food is, it's easy to like almost anything they serve. You can get fried rice, which isn't too off from any other mainstream, typical Asian fried rice.
But go ahead and order something else from the menu. All the items are very well-prepared, and affordable. Or go to the Lunch Buffet and stretch yourself. There are several entrees to choose from, and you'll get a mix of flavors. Chase it all down with the Thai Iced tea, and it's like having dessert with your meal.
We soooo wish St Cloud offered more unique places to dine. For now, Sawatdee is TOP of our list for places to eat in the area!
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