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First Look: Thai Select

Posted 9:23am on Tuesday, Sep. 27, 2011

Seems lately, every time you turn around, there's a new Thai place opening up. There have long been Thai restaurants out there, but often that was the problem: They weren't conveniently located. They were in out-of-the-way locations that didn't lend themselves to easily satisfying Thai food cravings. Sweet Basil Thai Cuisine? Tucked away behind Northeast Mall in Hurst. The original Thai Tina's? On the outskirts of downtown Fort Worth. Thai Rice 'N' Noodle? All the way down Camp Bowie, practically near 820.

But steadily, over the last couple years, Thai food has come out of the woodwork, infiltrating locations much closer to where folks live and work. Thai Tina's has relocated to downtown Fort Worth, in the Embassy Suites lobby, while Tie (an offshoot of Dallas' Thai Thai Restaurant) has opened up shop at 9th and Houston, just steps from the Convention Center. Now, add another to the ever-growing list: Thai Select, a sister store (of sorts) to Thai Rice 'N' Noodle, which just opened in the Overton Park Plaza shopping center, down the way from Sprouts in what used to be a frozen yogurt shop.

My wife and I stopped by last week, just ahead of the grand opening weekend (Thai Select opened its doors on Wednesday for a test run before the grand opening crowds). Cozy -- there is room for maybe 60 people in there -- and extremely affordable (dinner for two, with an appetizer and ample leftovers, came to less than $25), Thai Select is a welcome addition to the burgeoning Thai boomlet. The pad thai was flavorful, fresh and delicious, while the fried rice was plenty spicy (Thai Select employs a 1-5 spiciness scale, although they're happy to bring srihacha sauce or dry Thai spices to the table if you want even more heat) and the chicken in both dishes was cooked well. The spring rolls were likewise well prepared, allowing the fresh vegetables contained within to shine.

There's no liquor available yet -- Thai Select is in process of getting its license -- but even as it is now, it's a destination my wife and I will return to whenever we've got a hunger for quality Thai food at prices that won't shock our wallets. Hopefully others will likewise seek out this spot and give the expansive, but not overwhelming menu a try. A surplus of Thai food options in Fort Worth? It's a good problem to have.

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