Pad Thai

by Charlottesville29

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

Why Pad Thai?

While many “Thai” restaurants alter recipes to suit American tastes, Pad Thai offers real Thai home cooking — literally. Utaiwan Ouypron and her husband Santi make the same food they once served at an eatery they ran out of their home in Thailand, before coming to the United States in 2005. You can taste the difference. It’s no wonder so many top chefs are regulars, and no wonder its a fixture in The Charlottesville 29.

What to Order

While the menu is stellar, we always like to ask the Ouyprons which of the daily specials they recommend. Below is a list of our recommendations, along with the Ouyprons’ favorites, as well as Pad Thai’s appearances in Five Finds on Friday, where area chefs and personalities have named a Pad Thai dish as one of their favorite in town.

Our Picks

  • Grandpa’s Favorite
  • Drunken Noodles
  • Beef Tongue Pad Kapao (special)
  • Swai Pad Numprikpao (special)
  • Thai Beef Consomme Noodle Bowl
  • Stir Fried Cabbage

Chefs’ Picks (Ouyprons’)

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

Five Finds on Friday Picks

  • Thai beef consomme noodle bowlAndrew Silver (formerly, Zocalo), Josh Lowry (Zocalo), John Shanesy (formerly, Parallel 38)
  • Clear Broth Noodle Bowl (fka Wonton Noodle Soup) — Vu Nguyen (formerly, Brazos)
  • Tom Yum Noodle Bowl with Beef Tongue Brian Ashworth (formerly, Ace Biscuit & Barbecue)
  • Spicy Noodle BowlPhillip Gerringer (formerly, South Fork)
  • Roast pork with shrimp wonton and wonton noodles — Ivan Rekosh (Zocalo)
  • Drunken Noodles with Chicken, Spicy — Melissa Close-Hart (formerly, Palladio)
  • Drunken Noodles, “Thai hot” — Ian Redshaw (formerly, Lampo)
  • Drunken Noodles with BeefRachel Willis (Cakes by Rachel)
  • Drunken Noodles with Tofu and VegetablesRebecca Edwards (formerly, Tavola Cicchetti Bar)
  • Drunken NoodlesLee O’Neill (Radical Roots Farm)
  • Grandpa’s FavoriteBen Jordan (formerly, Michael Shaps Wineworks)
  • Grandma’s FavoriteFrank Paris (formerly, Miso Sweet)
  • Tom Kha SoupJin Bang (Mochiko)
  • Tongue, Tendon, and Trip PhoJohn Meiklejohn (formerly, Yearbook Taco)
  • Stir Fried CabbageNina Promisel (Greenwood Gourmet Grocery)
  • Som TumBrooke Ray (International Rescue Committee)