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“New Thai restaurant off to excellent start” 4 of 5 stars
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Spice Cafe
1930 Poplar Street, Southern Pines, NC 28387
(910) 725-1907
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Cuisines: Thai
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“New Thai restaurant off to excellent start”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2011

Spice Cafe has been open about two months, and seems to have gotten it right from the git-go. Tucked off U.S. Highway 1 across the parking lot from a shopping center, it is a bit hard to find the first time, but worth the search. It is brightly decorated in various colors, clean, and holds about a dozen tables, attended to by a friendly and helpful staff.

The lunch menu features 20 dishes, from traditional Pad Thai and other noodle dishes, to five different curries, to several meat dishes. My companion's Chicken with Ginger Sauce, with celery, onions, scallions, snow peas, fresh ginger, and ginger sauce, was pronounced excellent, served as all lunch dishes with an egg roll (actually a spring roll) and steamed or fried rice. My Drunken Noodles (so called, I am told, because the thick rice noodles are eaten by men after a bit too much alcohol to try to sober up) with chicken likewise was excellent, served with broccoli, baby corn, and snow peas in a chlli brown sauce.

Diners choose from four levels of spiciness - - mild, medium, hot, or Thai hot, the latter flagged "For professionals only." Medium was exactly right for us.

The dinner menu (we haven't had an opportunity to try it) appears to offer the same 20 dishes, this time accompanied by jasmine rice, and adds four appetizers, four soups, three salads, four seafood offerings, two chicken dishes, and two combinations of chicken, shrimp, beef, and pork.

Carry out is offered. While we were enjoying lunch, a diner at a different table finished his meal, paid, and left a dinner order to be picked up a few hours later. A strong recommendation, which we endorse.

  • Visited November 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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