Sioux Falls, sadly, has no Thai food restaurants. Coco Palace serves some Thai dishes (as does its lesser, sister eatery Asia), and you’ll occasionally see some Thai-inspired eats around town, but that’s the list. At least as far as I know.
Because of this, I find myself ordering these dishes whenever I find them. Even if it seems out of place, like at Kaladi’s, or I’d probably rather order something else, like at the Diner.
So last week I found myself ordering Thai-inspired sandwiches at both places: The Hot Thai Chicky Wrap (top pic), and a Thai Chicken Grinder, respectively.
The Chicky Wrap at Kaladi’s is part of their new Peanut Butter Sandwich Menu. When I saw this, posted right next to the Hot Dog Menu, I was pretty stoked. And when I saw this wrap claimed “spicy” peanut butter with chicken, carrots, cucumber and sprouts, I knew what I was ordering.
I’ll say this: the peanut butter was, indeed, spicy. And I appreciate that. But the sandwich itself was sort of boring. And cold. That’s not a huge deal, though I think it would have been better hot.
The Thai Chicken Grinder at the Diner was served on a hoagie roll and had baked chicken, peanut dressing, cilantro, carrots, cucumber and fresh jalapeno, served hot. The dressing, cilantro and peppers, while not as spicy as the previous sandwich, were a bit closer to the Thai flavors I love. But the chicken was the largest part of the sandwich, and tamped down those flavors.
I appreciate both efforts, and will likely order any other combinations local restaurants serve up in the Thai vein. I do hold out hope that, one day, we’ll have a true Thai restaurant in town. Until then, happy hunting, and let me know if you find something!