So Crêpe, Philadelphia

 

So cute.

So delicious.

So affordable.

(sorry, I just had to!)

So Crêpe is an adorable little BYOB restaurant on South Street that just opened up this past fall.  They serve both savory and sweet varieties of crepes, all using fresh and natural ingredients.  The crepes are even made with whole wheat or buckwheat, depending on what type you get.

Dave and I stumbled across So Crêpe on our walk home from the subway this past weekend.  What a lovely addition to our neighborhood!  We both decided on trying the “So Smoked” Crepe since we were stopping in for breakfast.

The So Smoked was a huge, and soooo yummy buckwheat crepe stuffed with smoked salmon, avocado slices, sour cream and chives.  MMM!  I couldn’t believe how much salmon was in there for only $8.50 each.  If only we saved enough room in our bellies to try a sweet crepe!

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I also do want to mention that the staff were just fabulous.  I loved how the kitchen was open and directly in the center of the restaurant.  The chefs chatted with us the whole time and I always like being able to watch them make the food.  I cannot wait to come back here and highly recommend it to anyone in the area 🙂

 

Modo Mio, Philadelphia (PART 2!)

I rarely have enough time to write a post about a restaurant shortly after we’ve dined there.  Life gets in the way, I forget, or I simply just have too many fabulous recipes to share with you to write about a restaurant.  Let’s face it, one of the most amazing meals I’ve had in Philly was two months ago at the famous Zahav with my girlfriends (an Israeli FEAST in which I tried DUCK HEARTS!!) and has yet to make it on the blog.  I’m not the best with timeliness here.

Now that you know this, maybe you’ll understand just how good my meal was this past weekend at Modo Mio.  Sound familiar to you?  It should, since just a month and a half ago I raved and raved about it while bragging about how wonderful my boyfriend Dave was for taking me there.  You heard me:  I am writing about a restaurant I went to just a few days ago… and for the SECOND time.  This place just deserves that kind of attention.

Just a recap:  Modo Mio is an adorable little Northern Italian BYOB in the Northern Liberties area of Philadelphia.  They offer a “Turista” menu every night, where you can order an Antipasti, a Pasta, a Secondi, and a Dessert, for $35/pp.  

When I found out a few days prior that our favorite foodie friend Donny was coming to visit, I knew I had to pick a good place for dinner.  We caught a late reservation and also reeled in our friends (another) Dave & Betsy (actually, her and I are both Elizabeth!  Weird!).

Dave, Donny, (my) Dave and I were all on the same trip to Israel and have remained good friends since, trying out some seriously awesome restaurants along the way.  Modo Mio only seemed appropriate to share with this hungry crew.

The thing that made me most excited about this dinner (other than the fact that we had our very own big round table) was that everyone wanted to do the “Turista” tasting option… and wanted to SHARE.  This meant we basically get to try the entire menu with only the exception of maybe six items.  OMGOMGOMG!  Our server explained that the menu had just changed, as it does every 4-6 weeks, left us with some delicious bread and porcini flavored oil, and we got down to work.

I think this was the most impressive menu decision making ever, we finished in five minutes… checking off which dishes we wanted directly on the menu.  Talk about efficiency!  (oh, also confirmed with our server that we’re the first people to do this.  Love.) We decided to pay an extra $5 for the whole fish of the day & for the Broccoli Rabe side.  After ordering 5 of each course… we sat back… drank some wine… and got ready for a feast of bites (literally).  Get ready for your tummy to grumble… here we go!

Antipasti

Cozze:  Mussels, Red & Spicy

Cozze: Mussels, Red & Spicy

We nearly fought over the broth from the mussels... wow!

We nearly fought over the broth from the mussels… wow!

Polpo:  Grilled Ocopus, Spicy Chick Peas, Raisins, Almonds, Lemon, Arugula

Polpo: Grilled Ocopus, Spicy Chick Peas, Raisins, Almonds, Lemon, Arugula

Carpaccio:  House-Cured Pork Loin, Crispy Gorgonzola, Cherry Fennel Compote

Carpaccio: House-Cured Pork Loin, Crispy Gorgonzola, Cherry Fennel Compote

Carciofo al Mattone:  Crispy Artichoke, Black Olive, Mint, Goat Cheese, Rosemary Honey, Pangrattato

Carciofo al Mattone: Crispy Artichoke, Black Olive, Mint, Goat Cheese, Rosemary Honey, Pangrattato

N'duja:  Calabrese Sausage, White Bean Pancake, Fried Egg, Honeyed Mushrooms

N’duja: Calabrese Sausage, White Bean Pancake, Fried Egg, Honeyed Mushrooms

Pasta

Vincis Grassi:  Rich festival Lasagne, Meat Ragu, Porcini, Besciamella, Fresh Pasta Sheets

Vincis Grassi: Rich festival Lasagne, Meat Ragu, Porcini, Besciamella, Fresh Pasta Sheets

Agnolotti:  Mascarpone & Artichoke Stuffed Ravioli, Almond Butter

Agnolotti: Mascarpone & Artichoke Stuffed Ravioli, Almond Butter

Gnocchi:  Potato Dumplings, Speck, Gorganzola, Spring Peas & Cream

Gnocchi: Potato Dumplings, Speck, Gorganzola, Spring Peas & Cream

Special Pasta: Ziti w/ Oxtail Ragu

Special Pasta: Ziti w/ Oxtail Ragu

Bucatini Amatriciana:  Thick, hollow Spaghetti, Pancetta, Spicy Plum Tomato, Pecorino Romano

Bucatini Amatriciana: Thick, hollow Spaghetti, Pancetta, Spicy Plum Tomato, Pecorino Romano

Secondi

Melanzana Ripiena:  Tomato Braised Stuffed Eggplant, Molise Style, Mint, House-Made Ricotta

Melanzana Ripiena: Tomato Braised Stuffed Eggplant, Molise Style, Mint, House-Made Ricotta

Trota:  Prosciutto-Wrapped Brook Trout, Porcini, Strawberry, and Basil Salad

Trota: Prosciutto-Wrapped Brook Trout, Porcini, Strawberry, and Basil Salad

Pesce Arrosto: Whole Roasted Branzino

Pesce Arrosto: Whole Roasted Branzino

Guance: Veek Cheek "Chef's Choice, trust him" (yes this is directly from the menu)

Guance: Veek Cheek “Chef’s Choice, trust him” (yes this is directly from the menu)

Agnello:  Grilled Lamb Shoulder Chop, Goat Feta, Date Gremolata, Dandelion, Hard Cooked Egg

Agnello: Grilled Lamb Shoulder Chop, Goat Feta, Date Gremolata, Dandelion, Hard Cooked Egg

Our Side & Desserts

Broccoli: Bitter Broccoli, Pepperoncino, Garlic, Lemon, White Beans

Broccoli: Bitter Broccoli, Pepperoncino, Garlic, Lemon, White Beans

(clockwise) Rosemary-Olive Oil Cake, Apple Blondie w/ Vanilla Bean Semi Fredo, Tiramisu

(clockwise) Rosemary-Olive Oil Cake, Apple Blondie w/ Vanilla Bean Semi Fredo, Tiramisu

Flourless Chocolate Cake & Basil Panna Cotta

Flourless Chocolate Cake & Basil Panna Cotta

As if these gorgeous pictures don’t say enough as it is… let me tell you, this was such an outstanding meal.  The five of us “ooh”-ed and “ahh”-ed with literally every bite we took.  Each dish was better than the last and we loved everything we tried.  

If you live in the Philly area and haven’t tried Modo Mio yet… pick up the phone and make a reservation… what are you waiting for?!

Betsy & I before dinner

Betsy & I before dinner

Modo Mio, Philadelphia

I don’t even know where to start.

It isn’t often that I brag about how amazing my boyfriend Dave is.

I suppose most of the time it’s in an attempt to avoid bothering and irritating my friends with obnoxious and gushy facebook statuses and pictures… or maybe it’s just that I’d rather complain than talk about how wonderful things are.

Today I’m going to break my own rules.  Today we’re going to talk about how AWESOME Dave is.

Dave and I were unable to go out on a dinner date on Valentine’s Day.  We were too busy celebrating in a less conventional way… at the Circus!!  We had such a fun time.  I recently finished reading Water for Elephants and Dave caught on and bought us tickets for V-Day.  See… he rocks.

Dave and I went to the Circus for Valentine's Day!

Dave and I went to the Circus for Valentine’s Day!

Dave informed me the following day that we’d be going out to dinner next Friday night to properly celebrate Valentine’s Day.  He also somehow kept the destination a secret the whole week despite my incessant guessing and questioning.  (For those of you who don’t know this already, I have some serious menu anxiety and probably spend at least an hour stalking the menu before I go out… or else I’ll NEVER decide)  The only thing I was allowed to know was that the restaurant was BYOB… which just made me even more excited.

I still didn’t know where we were going when I got dressed Friday night, grabbed some wine, headed out of our apartment, onto the bus, and then onto the subway.  When we arrived in the Northern Liberties neighborhood of the city, I still was clueless.  I had a few guesses, but absolutely clueless… that was until we walked up to the door and I saw the logo…

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OMG.  So many thoughts rushed into my mind all at the same time… OMG I cannot believe I’m here… How did Dave even find out about this place?  And Most importantly… WHAT ARE WE GOING TO EAT?!?!

Modo Mio has been on my “Philly Wish List” of restaurants to try for over a year.  It’s actually the second one from the top.  I’ve heard so many good things and read so many good reviews, I mean the place has 4.5 stars on Yelp… it has to be phenom, right?  Well… it was.

Our table was ready at the exact time of our reservation.  We had arrived a little early so we had to wait, but it wasn’t for long.  Dave and I were seated in between a party of 4 and a different party of 6.  It’s definitely a little cozy, but this totally added (in a GREAT way) to the whole experience.  Our server, Joe was fantastic.  He explained the restaurant’s Northern Italian style of food, their “Turista” menu option, and wasn’t afraid to make fun of me when he asked to open our wine for us and I handed him a twist-off.  Whoops!

Dave and I decided to go with the Turista where each person gets an Antipasti, a Pasta, a Secondi, and a Dessert, for $35/pp.  This is an awesome deal, since the portions are smaller and the entrees all cost >$15 anyway.  It was a perfect way to try as much as possible.  Which I love.  Obviously.

Our menu selection was swayed when we observed our neighbors receiving their first courses.  They raved about the Octopus and a few other items which we now obviously had to try for ourselves.  We also befriended our other neighbors who shared their homemade Sangria with us.  Loving this place so far!!

For our first course, Dave and I ordered the Octopus and the special of the night which was a Pork Belly Meatball topped with Roasted Tomatoes, a Seared Scallop, and Smoked Maple Sauce.  Smoked Maple Sauce?!  It was absolutely heavenly.  I can’t even begin to describe how amazing it was.  I seriously hope they find a place on the permanent menu for this dish.  I’d have to get it every time.  The Octopus was also outrageous, the dish was packed with so many textures and flavors.  The octopus itself was stewed in a spicy tomato sauce but was served piled high with a crispy crunchy Farinata (a thin crispy chickpea pancake), salty sliced olives, capers, and some type of crunchy veggie maybe.  It was drizzled in a rich creamy sauce that brought the entire dish together.

The daily special- Pork Belly Meatball, Scallop, Pistachio, SMOKED Maple Sauce.  MMM!

The daily special- Pork Belly Meatball, Scallop, Pistachio, SMOKED Maple Sauce. MMM!

Octopus Antipasti- one of my favorite dishes of the night.

Octopus Antipasti- one of my favorite dishes of the night.

Our pasta choices were also delicious, and we ate every single last bite on our plates.  We shared the Lasagna and Butternut Squash Ravioli.  Now, Dave and I are not huge pasta eaters… in fact we rarely order it, let alone Lasagna which can typically be really heavy.  But when I saw the Lasagna description on the menu (fresh pasta sheets, classic meat sauce, fried egg), I was all set.  Fried Egg?!  On Lasagna!?  How could I resist?  The Butternut Squash ravioli was also delish.  The creamy ravioli was topped with a hearty veal ragu– here we are again with the savory/sweet combination… my favorite.

Butternut Squash Ravioli in Veal Ragu

Butternut Squash Ravioli in Veal Ragu

Fresh Pasta w/ Meat Sauce Lasagna topped with the most perfectly fried egg.

Fresh Pasta w/ Meat Sauce Lasagna topped with the most perfectly fried egg.

Moving on to the entrees, we ordered the Brasato, aka Short Rib (red wine braised Short Ribs, crispy Roman Gnocci, pickled Red Onion, Rye, Raisins) and the Zuppe di Pesce (spicy mussels, shrimp, crab, fish, tomatoes, topped with fresh bread smothered in saffron mayo).  Dave and I have an unwritten rule of dining out, where we absolutely have to order Short Ribs when we see them on a menu.  It just ends up happening every time.  We’re suckers for those bad boys… we just can’t turn them down.  The Short Rib dish at Modo Mio was no exception and boy was it amazing.  The meat was so tender and juicy, and I honeslty could not even tell what else was included in the dish… since the entire thing was covered in this deliciously rich sauce.  YUM!!!!!  To die for.  The Zuppe di Pesce was also fantastic- it was loaded (and i mean LOADED) with tons of seafood, including more octopus… mmm!  The best part of the entire dish to me was the broth, a little bit salty, a little bit spicy, with some really powerful flavors.  I could have drank an entire jug of that stuff.

Saffron-Mayo topped Fresh Bread resting on the huge pile of seafood in a delicious broth... YUMMMM

Saffron-Mayo topped Fresh Bread resting on the huge pile of seafood in a delicious broth… YUMMMM

Short Ribs... who can resist them?

Short Ribs… who can resist them?

We were so full by the end, we figured we’d just order the desserts to-go and call it a night.  That was a great idea in theory, but once we saw them… there was no turning back.  Both desserts were absolutely manageable in terms of size.  We picked the Tiramisu and their Caramelito (I think it was called that!).  The Tiramisu may have converted me to being a huge fan of the dessert- something I probably have never ordered in my life.  It was super fluffy and light too.  The Caramel dessert was absolutely fantastic.  It was more like a rich pudding or custard covered in a very thin caramel sauce.  Needless to say, we were very full, but not full enough to stop us from devouring the desserts in full.  🙂

Delicate Tiramisu...

Delicate Tiramisu…

Homemade desserts are so underrated... delish.

Homemade desserts are so underrated… delish.

 

Not only was this a fabulous meal (are you drooling!?  I am!) with top-notch service, but I absolutely loved the ambiance of the restaurant.  We even ended up chit chatting with the couple sitting next to us for a half hour or so after we were all finished with our meal!  When was the last time you went out to a nice dinner and made friends?!

I am still going over this meal in my head and plotting a way to save some money to go back soon.  So, GREAT JOB Dave, you are the best!  Thank you so much 🙂  Love you!

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Bistro La Baia

I’m finally deciding to write about this place in the hopes of putting some kind of good energy out in the atmosphere, inspiring someone to take us back here for dinner… and soon.  Parents… anyone…? 🙂

Bistro La Baia is a small little Italian BYO in Rittenhouse Square.  We actually came to BLB by accident!  My group of friends from my Israel tour and I had reservations at another Italian BYO nearby for 10 people at 9pm on a Saturday.  When we arrived at the restaurant and our reservations (which had been confirmed twice) had been “lost”… we thought we were screwed.  There were 10 of us at 9pm and we had come prepared with a TON of wine, where could we go?!

Then we found Bistro La Baia.  They had one big long table available and welcomed us with open arms.  At this point, it was clear this place was going to be a good one!

Eli & I enjoying our meal and some wine

Eli & I enjoying our meal and some wine

Donny & Lauren

Donny & Lauren

We started off with a few shared apps:  the Caesar Salad, the Mozzarella La Baia (mozzarella cheese with roasted peppers, tomatoes and basil), Grilled Calamari, and theFunghi Gratinati Con Gamberi- baked m ushrooms and shrimp with garlic parmesan cheese and herbs.

Love grilled calamari

Love grilled calamari

The mushrooms- fab

The mushrooms- fab

Tons of fresh Mozz

Tons of fresh Mozz

Both of the Daves sharing apps :)

Both of the Daves sharing apps 🙂

While everything was so yummy, the highlight was the mushrooms… wow!

For our entrees, some of us got pastas, some got the lamb chops, and some got chicken.  ALL of the pastas were fantastic-  Cooked perfectly al dente with deliciously rich and flavorful sauces.  MMM.

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Papardelle and Sausage

Papardelle and Sausage

My pasta... check out that portion size! OMG

My pasta… check out that portion size! OMG

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Pork Chops

The dish that was our absolute favorite though was the Lamb Chops… omgggg!  I wrote about this on my Yelp review, that these lamb chops converted my boyfriend Dave into a Lamb lover!  I have always liked them, but these were by far the best.  In fact, we’ve been trying to go back for the lamb chops ever since!

I could hardly snap a pic of Dave's Lamb chops before they were gone!

I could hardly snap a pic of Dave’s Lamb chops before they were gone!

So, if you’re in Philly looking for a great restaurant to go to… I would recommend BLB.  The cozy cash-only BYO has a great atmosphere where you’ll feel welcomed and comfortable while you shove your face with some wonderful, warm Italian food.

 

Check out these other great Philly spots:

Sabrina's Cafe

Sabrina’s Cafe

Stella

Stella

Alyan's Restaurant

Alyan’s Restaurant

 

 

 

Day by Day, Rittenhouse Sq Philly

Apparently I’m on a brunch tour of Philly.  While I’m loving it, it totally isn’t on purpose.  Or maybe it is.  First, Dave and I have ventured to Fairmount @ Sabrina’s, Northern Liberties @ Green Eggs Cafe & Silk City, and now this past weekend we found our way to the Rittenhouse Square area for a BYOB brunch at Day by Day.

My first impression of Day by Day was not exactly a great one.  My large group of 7 called and put our name on the list and was told to arrive at 12:30 (an hour wait).  We arrived at 12:30 on the dot and was told the wait would be another 30 minutes.  BOO!  We were starving.  After taking a deep breath and rubbing my grumbling tummy, my day (by day) was immediately brightened  by something called an “Apple Jawn”.  How Philly.  Adorable.  One of our friends saw that you could purchase pastries to go, so he bought us one of their Apple Fritters (Jawn, duh) and Iced Cinnamon Buns to split while we were waiting.  They were sweet, sticky, and so so good.  Iced pastries are definitely enough to keep me patient.

Outdoor Pastries while we waited… the perfect touch.

Everyone dig in!

Part of our group 🙂 These are the clowns I was telling you about from my Israel Trip! What a great weekend.

Soon after we finished attacking the pastries like vultures, we were called in for our table.  Day by Day is a BYOB spot, so we brought along a big bottle of champagne, some vodka and bloody mary mix.  We got a pitcher of fresh squeezed OJ to go along (only $10 for the entire thing, which was surprising) and started off on our drinks.  OH- how could I forget to mention, they serve my absolute fav La Columbe coffee.  In heaven.

Cups and cups and cups! Coffee, water, OJ, Bloody Mary, etc.

To start off, after ogling at the special menu posted outside, we all decided to split the Pumpkin Stuffed Challah French Toast.  “HOLLA”!  It was ridiculous.  YUMMMMM!  It was def too decadent for one person to eat, so each of us having a 1/2 of a slice was perfect.

Pumpkin Stuffed Challah French Toast… say whatttt?

So good!

I went against everything I believe in about brunch and ordered a lunch item.  Gasp!  I went with the BLT w/ Horseradish Mayo.  The sandwich comes as is for only $6.50, which is ridiculous for the amount of food you get.  They give you an option of +Avocado and +Fried Egg for $1 each.  Yes please!  They actually forgot my avocado, but once I saw the sandwich, it was all okay… it is freakin’ huge.  I had to eat the thing with a fork and knife.

Somehow this is considered a sandwich! My BLT w/ HorseyMayo

This only lasted one bite! But it sure did look good.

Dave ordered what I thought was the best thing I tried there; the Chorizo & Sweet Potato Hash.  OMG.  It’s even better than it sounds, and you can add Scrambed or Fried Eggs on top of that too.

The Chorizo Sweet Potato Hash w/ Scrambled Eggs and Toast

Some other notable decisions were the Potato Pancake Benedict with Smoked Salmon and Poached Eggs, Huevos Rancheros, and even just their Omelettes looked amazing.

So pretty- Smoked Salmon, Potato Latke Benedict

Our server was very attentive, good with coffee refills, and patient with our general 7-people-at-a-table obnoxiousness that comes with my group of friends.   He also happened to be wearing this Bill Murray shirt so we liked him even more:

Barbacoa, Ardmore PA

I love having workout partners.  Whether it’s a girlfriend I convince to take my Powerstrike class with me, or it’s Dave lifting while I run on the treadmill… it’s always better to have someone with you.  It’s great motivation. 

I normally don’t need any kind of outside motivation to workout.  I really do love it, and it’s usually my favorite part of my day.  However, since I work at the gym there are some days all I want to do is just go home after work and lay around and watch TV with Stella.  On those days, I LOVE knowing that my friends Kelly and Sam will be coming to the gym to take classes with me.  I feel more obligated to stay, and it’s always more fun. 

Kelly has been telling me about this great new BBQ place in Ardmore near us that they go to called Barbacoa.  We finally got it together to make plans and head over there.  Before I go into the gory details of our meal… let’s just say I’m SO happy we worked out first. 

How cute is that Rooster?!

Kel and I split two things (in my true indecisive fashion) , and each get two sides.  Kelly ordered the Pulled Pork Sandwich and I got the Half-Rotisserie Chicken.  I can’t even decide which I liked better, because they were both unbelievable.  The chicken is Peruvian Style:  Soaked in brine for 12 hours before being cooked over an open fire of hardwood coals and local oak.  The chicken was super juicy and flavorful.  The pulled pork was also very moist.  The sandwich was delicious and came with some of their signature slaw and wasabi sauce ontop.  The wasabi was a surprising flavor with the pulled pork but i loved it, it worked so well together.

1/2 Chicken: 1 Breast, 1 Leg, 1 Thigh. The two sauces were both awesome, super-flavorful and spicy. YUM.

Pulled Pork is great from Barbacoa- the sandwich includes Slaw and Wasabi Sauce which work really well with the tangy BBQ Sauce.

As if the tasty bbq meats weren’t enough… wait until you hear about the sides.  Kelly ordered the mac and cheese and the creamed spinach.  Mac and Cheese- forget it… OMG  it was ridiculous.  I also picked the creamed spinach… mmmmmm!  So yummy.  My favorite side though was recommended to me by our server:  Cornbread Pudding.  Yup… I said it.  Cornbread.Pudding.  It was creamy and sweet but salty and just so so yummy.  Wow.

The Mac and Cheese- definitely WTC (worth the calories!)

Cornbread Pudding…I don’t even know how I managed to snap a pic before diving in… yummmm

… I feel hungry just looking at it.

The restaurant is small but you can BYO which is great.  With all of the food we ordered, including tip, the total was $21 a person- not too bad!  Since I ate at Barbacoa with Kelly, Dave and I have tried it again as takeout.  We went with the Pulled Pork Sandwich again but also tried their Brisket Sandwich which was really only just okay- a little bit dry.  I’ll definitely be back though for those delicious sides and rotisserie chicken!

Kel:  Where are we going next!?

Erawan Thai

This week, I’ll share THREE different Thai Restaurants with you.

Thai is def one of my favorite foods, I could pretty much eat it every night!

Erawan Thai is in West Center City, just past the bridge on Chestnut.  Ricki (who introduces me to the best restaurants every time we go out) brought me here a few months ago, and I just had to take my boyfriend Dave back.

We don’t live too far from this side of town, so it was the perfect start to a great date night in the city.  I splurged and ordered a Thai Iced Tea to begin, and we popped open a bottle of Riesling… yes it’s BYOB!

Thai Iced Tea isn’t too good for you because of the sweetened milk, but it’s SOOOO YUMMY!

Granted, it was a Friday night and the place was packed… it still took a pretty long time for our food to come out of the kitchen.  Good thing we decided to bring the wine!

Dave ordered the Mussels for appetizer, and I went with what I always have to order:  the Papaya Salad.  Dave loved the mussels- they were huge!.. and a good Papaya salad will always make me soooo happy… YUM!

These mussels were served over ice which was a new thing to us, but they were really good, and Dave really liked the sauce.

Papaya Salad is so yummy.

Mussels: Steamed mussels in a jumbo hot pot mixed with Thai aromatic herbs and basil leaves served with lime chili sauce
Papaya Salad: Freshly shredded green papaya, carrot, tomato, green beans, and roasted peanut together with a zesty Thai sauce served with grilled shrimp on skewer

For our main dishes, we split an “extra spicy” Drunken Noodle and something new to us, the Pad Prik King (also extra spicy… duh).  While Drunken Noodle is one of our favorite Thai dishes, this one in particular from Erawan was awesome!  They did listen to us and made it super spicy, which was fun.  The serving size is also pretty big, without being too pricey.  I like!  The Pad Prik King was really good too, it was really saucy and delicious, and you can even see the pepper seeds in the sauce- so hot!

Drunken Noodles, MMM!

Our Chicken Pad Prik King

Closeup of the Pad Prik King

Drunken Noodle: Flat rice noodle stir fried with fresh garlic, Thai chili, basil leaves, bell peppers, onion simmered in house sauce
Pad Prik King: This peppery wok dish is infused with sautéed string beans & kaffir lime leaves, bell pepper in Prik king chili sauce

Erawan’s prices are pretty much just a tad below average for Thai in the city, but they do have Lunch and Dinner specials.  Also, you’re definitely always saving money when you go to a BYOB.  We also totally appreciate a place that actually makes your dishes spicy when you ask for it.  I loved Erawan and after having two great meals there, it’s on my list!