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Reviewed September 1, 2022

We were finally able to return today, after staying away during the pandemic. It still provides the best Thai meal we have ever found, in all our travels. Sitting a few feet away from the staff prepping and cooking the fabulous meals, make the experience...even more impressive. Chatting with the friendly manager while your meal is quickly prepared is an added bonus. This funky little Thai Cafe is a gem that shouldn’t be missed, if you want a totally unique and flavorful experience!More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed July 25, 2021

Delicious Food. They REALLY mean it when they say the food is spicy. I chose 1 star, and it was plenty hot! All take out - pick some up on a beautiful day and walk half a block to the river side park to enjoy...it!More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed March 18, 2021 via mobile

We chose this place because of the reviews and we love really good Thai food. It did not disappoint. I ordered the Red Curry, and my husband ordered the Four Musketeers Fried Rice. Both were delicious. Don’t be put off by the fact that they...aren’t allowing dine-in, (they have very little seating anyway)...it’s right near the river and nice outdoor picnic seating with pretty views. We enjoyed the outdoor dining almost as much as the delicious food! Highly recommended seating.More

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed July 22, 2020 via mobile

Excellent Thai food. Stopped in for lunch and had shrimp pad Thai. Prepared with fresh ingredients. Small, quaint place. Owner very friendly. Take-out only for now due to COVID restrictions.

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed June 23, 2020

We ordered Spring Rolls and two entries. As I walked up the block to this establishment for the very first time, several other customers were coming or going - all wore masks. And I saw the server place our bag of food in a box...on the table outside the door. Great timing, right on time. Unfortunately, the server was not wearing a mask. I find it difficult to believe any establishment would allow their workers to go without a mask. Hopefully, they will comply on June 26th when the new mandatory mask rules go into effect.More

Date of visit: June 2020
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Reviewed April 18, 2020

Classic HITW! Tiny-8counter seats. You wait at the door to come forward and place your order, then hopefully by the time the order comes, a chair has cleared. And as you wait, they are doing a brisk take-out business. Clearly a hometown favorite because the...owner spoke to many people arriving to pick up food by name. They had 4 people working in the tiniest of spaces. And are they turning out the food! A co-worker and I stopped here after a training on the recommendation of the people we were working with and who live in Mount Vernon. It's one of those places you would never find on your own. I am not a Thai food fan (my co-worker is) so I selected something I thought I would least dis-like and settled on the Phad kee mao with tofu. My friend went with Tom Yum noodles. Mine was amazing; first Thai food I've ever really thought was good. And generous portion. My friend let me try her soup and it was amazing. The broth was fabulous. Hope to come back again sometime.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed April 17, 2020

We love this place and will wait for a seat or do takeout if it’s busy. We’re still living on it during this pandemic! I’m sure this will be the Covid-19 cure! Call your order in and pick it up hot and wonderful. Thanks for...all the great effort to keep the food as good as ever!More

Date of visit: April 2020
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Reviewed January 31, 2020 via mobile

OMG best Thai I have had. Stopped in on my way to Vancouver got there right at opening thank goodness. Old drug store type counter service only 10 seats. I had garlic chicken perfectly spiced. Highly recommend

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed January 29, 2020

The dishes I am reviewing makes this the best Thai restaurant I've ever eaten at in the US for authenticity and quality. I am originally from Singapore and have found two dishes here that resemble dishes from there. The first is Guay Teow Num -...Similar to a fish ball noodle soup or "Kuay Teow Thng" I sub the noodles with wide rice noodles. It comes with fish balls, fish cake, slices of chicken pork balls, bean sprouts - best eaten with the complimentary fresh chilli in fish sauce - sooo good! The second dish is Pad See Ew that is similar to a Penang style Char Kuay Teow. I sub bean sprouts instead of broccoli and carrots. This is as good as any I've had in Penang and totally satisfies my cravings for food back home. the whole street outside the restaurant smells of a hawker food center back home. Amazing, delicious smells! The only place to eat these dishes anywhere in North America!More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed January 27, 2020

The food and people are great here and definitely worth the wait! They prioritize well, meaning they won't do phone orders unless all customers are properly taken care of in house first and then they will do take out orders. They are friendly and I...love their pad thai!More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed January 7, 2020

Not a fine dining experience, but the food is out of this world! The space is tiny. Just room enough for a couple of small tables, and about 6 at the counter. All the cooking is done in front of you, by a couple of...people who know their stuff, when it comes to cooking Thai! One thing you need to be aware of: 2 stars is like 3 or 4 at other Thai places. So if you're not that big on heat, but still want a little, go with 1 star. Nice people, too! Take out is a good idea, too, since the space is so small.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed November 5, 2019 via mobile

Tiny place! Just stools at a bar. Cooked to order and very spicy! Can call in for take out if crowded. Don’t miss this little gem of a restaurant.

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed October 28, 2019

I wanted to review this place higher because the staff is dedicated, friendly and BUSY! Also, the food is ultra fresh and made right in front of you. However, the food itself was average as was the presentation. Also, there is zero ambiance - merely...the open kitchen and a long counter with pedestal seats. They have an incredibly robust and thriving take-out business and I think that would be what I'd do the next time I ordered from here. I was disappointed at how highly rated this place was, but good food in Mt Vernon is hard to come by.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed October 10, 2019 via mobile

What an amazing experience! Only offer bar seating for 8-10, but was seated within 10 mins! And the food was worth EVERY second of the wait! They love their spicy peppers, so be sure and have them help you select the right level for you!...Had red curry with prawns and a Thai iced tea - best I’ve had EVER! And they’re so nice!More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed August 10, 2019 via mobile

I visited twice this week between 12:10 and 12:30. They are VERY busy at lunch time, but I never waited longer than 10 minutes to eat in. There is seating with ten stools along a stainless steel bar- all with a view of the cooking...action. Friendly, efficient, good-humored owner and staff keep the atmosphere lively. If you walk up to place a take-out order at this time of day, the wait is about one hour! The owner told me that if I call ahead or email him my order (even a day in advance), I can walk in and pick it right up! I’m on weeks of jury duty and will be eating their food many more days, so will check this out and report back on how this works! They do not take reservations for counter seating. Now to the food- loved the Pad Kee Mao with chicken. Ample chicken but wished for more basil- delicious! The Poor Tiger steak salad was 10x better than the one I had the day before at another Thai restaurant nearby. The steak was tender and the dressing was perfectly balanced. I ordered a sticky rice and dredged it through the dressing-yum! Each meal comes with a starter of a cup of soup. Second day’s soup was better with a little spice kick. About spice levels- the owner is NOT kidding when he says to dial your usual number down. I had a 1.5 to 2 the first day and asked for a .5-1 the second day. I could not tell the difference so will order a zero next time and ask for pepper in the side to adjust. I normally ask for a 3 in most Thai restaurants. These lovely people like to spice things up! I ordered a Thai iced tea which I love, and found it very concentrated and too sweet right away. Will order it again to go and let the ice melt more. I am so excited that I will get my fill of delicious Thai food over the coming weeks! Will include food pics in another review later on.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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No alcohol is served. They don't have a liquor license, but the food is outstanding and well worth the stop.
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RACHAWADEE THAI CAFE, Mount Vernon - Menu, Prices & Restaurant Reviews - Tripadvisor

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Rachawadee Thai Cafe is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4