Finally! Good Pad Thai in Durham!
Another great find from my first exploratory trip to Greenwood Commons in RTP, Thai Lanna has been around in one form or another for about 20 years, according to the N&O. They’ve got an extensive menu, based on what’s in season, including soups, curry, about 15 entrees, and something called “squid in love,” which is my new favorite translated menu item.
We started with ginger lemongrass tea (it’s as good as it sounds) and a small salad with cilantro-lime dressing before moving on to the the pad thai with tofu and a special dish (that is always available during dinner) called yum kai – chicken, chili peppers, onions/cucumbers/carrots/celery/cilantro/whole mint leaves and lime vinaigrette on a bed of lettuce. The pad thai was without a doubt the best I’ve had in Durham, and the yum kai was just amazing. It was one of the most refreshing, summery dishes I’ve ever eaten, bursting with tons of flavors.
If you’ve been looking for good Thai in Durham for as long as I have, you should definitely head down to RTP. And in case you’re worried about the lunch crowd, we went at 1.30ish and walked into an empty dining room. It’s good not being a 9-5er.
Thai Lanna (map)
Lunch: 11 am – 2 pm
Dinner: 4 pm – 10 pm