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Lunch: Flavor is key to sumptuous offerings at Thai Spices in Lodi

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Posted: Friday, May 29, 2015 12:17 pm

I can’t consider myself an expert on Thai cuisine. I’ve only recently become a fan. But in the few years that I’ve been actively trying to visit Thai establishments everywhere I go I’ve made the decision that Thai Spices on Turner Avenue in Lodi is by far my favorite.

My criteria for choosing this as my number one are simple — flavor, freshness, and by no means unimportant, customer service and atmosphere.

The dishes are some of the most flavorful I’ve tasted in any genre of cuisine. I don’t know the particular sources of said flavor ... I’ve tasted ginger, garlic, lime, cilantro ... and probably things I cannot pronounce. But each bite is a party in the mouth. Please try the mussels in cilantro lime sauce as your appetizer. Either steamed or fried, they’re enchanting.

The veggies used in their dishes are crisp, colorful, radiant and healthy. The meats and seafood are deliciously seasoned, cooked to perfection, and melt in the mouth. Fresh seafood is easy to spot and I’ve never gotten less.

I don’t think anywhere else that I visit for a meal (instead of maybe my grandma’s house once upon a time) offered me up a “Hi Honey,” when I walk in the door. The delightful owner, Bun, is one of the most gregarious and hospitable hostesses to grace the restaurant scene and she seems genuinely joyful to welcome her guests.

They also offer take-out service if you just want to pick up your Pad Thai and take it home. A beer and wine bar graces the back of the restaurant for a nice spot to relax. Along those lines, they carry a delightful wine list offering local vintages.

Whether you’re in the mood for some simple Pad Thai or something more elegant ... Bun and her staff will do right by you. Thai Spices is located at 2401 Turner Road, Lodi. 369-8424.

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