Hurts So Good

They'll Thai you up

Pluemjit's Thai bistro is pleasant enough for small parties to dine in, with colorful Thai fabrics on the walls. But Sala Thai is doing such a booming business in takeout that Pluemjit can hardly print menus fast enough, so many people want one. It's a family enterprise, with dad Samroeng and their 21-year-old son Arnit helping out, and a younger son and daughter are often on the premises. Interesting tidbit: "Sala" refers to the open pavilions common to Thai architecture, a place where people may rest, seek shelter, or, in the case of a Thai temple, hear a sermon.

Family affair: The Sala Thai team, from left: Chef Somsaun Pluemjit, server Kwang Tannoy, Pluemjit's son Arnit, his brother Aniwat, and Pluemjit's husband/partner Samroeng. Up front, the Pluemjits' daughter Arleena.
Jackie Mercandetti
Family affair: The Sala Thai team, from left: Chef Somsaun Pluemjit, server Kwang Tannoy, Pluemjit's son Arnit, his brother Aniwat, and Pluemjit's husband/partner Samroeng. Up front, the Pluemjits' daughter Arleena.

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Sala Thai Restaurant

10880 N. 32nd St., Ste. 29
Phoenix, AZ 85028

Category: Restaurant > Thai

Region: North Phoenix

Sala Thai Restaurant

432 N. Litchfield
Goodyear, AZ 85338

Category: Restaurant > Asian

Region: Goodyear

Details

Beef salad: $6.49
Thai omelet: $5.49
Son-in-law egg: $4.89
Mussaman curry: $6.79

602-971-1293.
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 7 p.m. (Reservations suggested for parties of five or more.)

10880 North 32nd Street, one-quarter-mile north of Shea Boulevard

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Pluemjit spent a decade working on an assembly line for Corning in Gilbert before she and her husband, who still works there six days a week, saved enough to open their own place, one much needed in a neighborhood hungry for ethnic dining options. They came to this country 13 years ago so their children would be able to go to American schools, and though they are still working hard, they practically embody the American dream. That and they rustle up some damn fine Thai vittles -- the reason I'll be stuffing my face there as often as I can.

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Andrea
Andrea

The waitress only brought me the dinner menu & never brought me the lunch menu specials. I had to ask for it. After that, I never saw her again for 1/2 hr. - Two men came in & right away she brought them food! I got up and left!! It was very rude of her and there was no one else there except a couple ladies who were already eating.... was she angry because I wanted to order off the lunch menu? It was around noon.I went elsewhere and was brought my soup right away within 1 minute! There is NO excuse for her behavior which was very rude!! I told my husband about it & was very angry!

 
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