Pad Thai

by Charlottesville29

Pad Thai
156 Carlton Rd. #202 . Charlottesville, VA . (434) 293-4302

Why Pad Thai?

In an era when more and more “Thai” restaurants alter recipes to suit American tastes, Pad Thai stands out.  The restaurant that Santi Ouypron runs with his wife Utaiwan offers true Thai home cooking — literally.  The recipes at Pad Thai are the same ones the Ouyprons used at an eatery they ran out of their Thailand home for five years, before coming to the United States in 2005. You can taste the difference.  A great draught list includes hoppy beers like Bell’s Two Hearted Ale that provide the perfect foil to the fiery dishes. It’s no wonder so many top chefs are regulars.

What to Order

While chefs go crazy for the noodle bowls, we find ourselves usually going for the daily specials.  Below is a list of our favorites, along with the Ouyprons’ picks, as well as Pad Thai’s appearances in Five Finds on Friday, where area chefs and personalities name five favorite dishes in the area.

Our Picks

  • Grandpa’s Favorite
  • Drunken Noodles
  • Beef Tongue Pad Kapao (special)
  • Swai Pad Numprikpao (special)
  • Thai beef consomme noodle bowl

Chefs’ Picks (Ouyprons’)

  • Bar Snacks
  • Red Curry
  • Clear Broth Noodle Bowl
  • Chinese Broccoli with Pork Belly

Five Finds on Friday Picks

  • Grandpa’s FavoriteBen Jordan (formerly, Michael Shaps Wineworks)
  • Grandma’s FavoriteFrank Paris (Miso Sweet)
  • Drunken Noodles with Chicken, Spicy — Melissa Close-Hart (Junction, formerly Palladio)
  • Drunken Noodles, “Thai hot” — Ian Redshaw (Lampo)
  • Drunken Noodles with BeefRachel Willis (Cakes by Rachel)
  • Clear Broth Noodle Bowl (fka Wonton Noodle Soup) — Vu Nguyen (formerly, Brazos)
  • Tom Yum Noodle Bowl with Beef Tongue Brian Ashworth (Ace Biscuit & Barbecue)
  • Roast pork with shrimp wonton and wonton noodles — Ivan Rekosh (Zocalo)
  • Thai beef consomme noodle bowlAndrew Silver (Zocalo), Josh Lowry (Zocalo), John Shanesy (formerly, Parallel 38)
  • Spicy Noodle BowlPhillip Gerringer (South Fork)
  • Tongue, Tendon, and Trip PhoJohn Meiklejohn (formerly, Yearbook Taco)