Found this place on a wicked-hot Sunday. Outdoor seating was available, but pretty toasty, with no fans or coolers. The entire front of the place opens up, with folding doors, so there was an interior, but not really and inside, and no A/C. And now...ceiling fans or standing fans, so the air inside was a bit still...and hot.
Service was friendly and good. Seating included two hanging/swinging tables and benches in one corner, and nice sturdy chairs at the tables.
We both had thai ice tea, which was good. A little too heavy on the cream/milk, where a little more Thai tea is needed. I started with the larb gai, and asked for it spicy. A good-sized portion came, and was pretty good, with a nicely integrated heat in it, not too spicy, and not aggressively so. My partner had the veg pad thai, and I went with the chicken pad thai. Both were big portions and nice and hot, but surprisingly bland. Both had ample green onions on the outside, an attentive touch to those who'd want them, and for those who don't.
I asked for thai chili paste, and it came Asian-style in a puffed-up plastic bag. Yeah, that's a cool and nice touch, authentic, but getting the sauce out of the plastic bag was not easy and eventuated with chili sauce all over my fingers. The small dish or even better the traditional restaurant caddy would be the best solution.
And right across the street is the science museum, with the 29-ton granite ball spinning gently on a tissue-thin cusion of water. Cool.
Bottom Line: this is an easy and informal place, right on the main drag, easy to get to and with ample dedicated parking. The food is good, served by a friendly and easygoing stff.More