There’s a new location of Mae Phim Thai restaurant in downtown Seattle, right near where I often catch the bus. It’s been open a couple weeks and I think I’ve eaten there four times. The food is no better than dozens of other Thai restaurants, but they have a winning formula:
- Everything on the menu (other than specials and combos) is $6.
- They assume you’re in a hurry; the food is fast, and they bring the check along with your lunch.
- It’s a wide selection of Thai-American favorites. I like the beef panang curry.
- The portion size is just right; I’m not going to have to decide whether to bring leftovers home. (I imagine this means other people will find the portions too small. Oh well.)
Don’t get me wrong–sometimes I like to linger over lunch. But I also like good fast food.
3rd and Pike, downtown Seattle