We didn't want to end up waiting hours like most the eateries in Odessa are doing while the boom is going strong, so we looked for what would possibly be a short wait, and the parking lot made it look more crowded than it actually was inside. Most times a restaurant this empty at dinner service would concern me, but we had picked up drive thru take aways a couple of times in the past and they were quite good. I was surprised at how few patrons there were inside knowing that the food we had gotten in the past was good.
We were told to seat ourselves, and only two people were working the front of the house. The interior of the restaurant has definitely seen better days. Old style tables and banquette seating that had tears in it, but overall seemed clean (just desperate for a remodel). This was once a Captain D's in the distant past. The restaurant is not well lit, but it is a quiet atmosphere for anyone looking to relax.
It took some time to look over the massive menu, which I think could use some scaling down. Our waitress was quick to respond when we were ready to order. Our order consisted of 2 summer rolls, which were excellent. Then came entrees, one beef and pepper with stir fried rice on the side (which can be seen in the photo was not fried at all, or even seasoned). Our other entree was Pad Thai, mainly because a good way to gauge a Thai restaurant is by the Pad Thai. I was definitely underwhelmed by the dish. It lacked seasoning and depth. It was edible, but not what I consider good Thai food.
The best part of the meal were the Summer Rolls. I would definitely recommend those and the coconut base soup to anyone planning to visit the restaurant.
Don't let the barren parking lot deter you from visiting Thai Spice House, I think it is an over looked opportunity in the Odessa restaurant scene. If you enjoy Thai food, or even Asian cuisine in general, I recommend it.