Food = EXCELLENT = worth the trip ... but unfortunately that's not the whole story. I would have given an excellent overall rating if not for some minor issues.
This charming little place is in an historic area of downtown Stuart just on the south side of the Roosevelt bridge, I knew it was an old building, I wanted quaint, and I wanted good food, but being in an old building is no excuse for keeping the dining room too dark and having a slight musty smell, nothing too noticeable or worth canceling a visit.
The outside of the restaurant has outside seating and a lovely potted garden of fresh herbs, including basil of course. But near the door there were two aquariums with green water and tacky plastic fish and plants that needed upkeep or removal. Once inside you find a small restaurant, maybe 10 - 12 booths, and it is kept very dark, not my favorite type of atmosphere. If they are going for romantic, the effect instead comes across and somewhat depressing.
The service was quick and friendly, and the food was obviously homemade and artfully crafted. Prices were about average for fresh Thai food in the area. I had the spring rolls and the house specialty basil garden fried rice, and they were both superb, and the wife liked the Pad Thai and the spring rolls as well.
We will go back, the food makes the trip worth it.
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