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Pattaya Thai is open at 9201 W. Center St. on the Tosa-Milwaukee border.
Pattaya Thai is open at 9201 W. Center St. on the Tosa-Milwaukee border.
Not much appears to have changed inside from when the place was Miss Saigon.
Not much appears to have changed inside from when the place was Miss Saigon.
The pad Thai came with a pile of crushed peanuts that added nice crunch to the tasty noodles.
The pad Thai came with a pile of crushed peanuts that added nice crunch to the tasty noodles.
I'm a big fan of the lemon shrimp with mixed vegetables.
I'm a big fan of the lemon shrimp with mixed vegetables.

Pattaya brings Thai to Tosa

I was excited when Miss Saigon opened in early 2011 on the corner of 92nd and Center, bringing Vietnamese food to some hungry West Side Milwaukee neighborhoods – Mount Mary, Kops Park, Cooper Park, Enderis Park – and Tosa.

Though the place always looked like it was doing a decent business, it closed this past summer and a banner went up advertising the arrival of Pattaya Thai in the space at 9201 W. Center St.

That restaurant opened at the beginning of November and folks in the surrounding neighborhoods have been checking it out. The buzz I've heard is that it's good, so I went over for a taste.

The interior, simply decorated with bright colors, doesn't appear to have changed much, but the menu now is strictly Thai and is available in the dining room and for take-out orders.

There are seven appetizers on offer, including fried egg rolls, steamed spring rolls, chicken wings, fried shrimp, wontons, sweet potato fries and a combo platter. They range from $4.95 for the fries to $10.95 for the platter.

A trio of salads and about a half-dozen soups side alongside a range of curries, noodle dishes, rice dishes and entrees like crispy fish fillet, stir-fried vegetables and steamed fish.

We tried the lemon shrimp ($11.95), which wedded nearly a dozen medium shrimp with a mix of vegetables – carrots, onions, green beans, cucumber – in a tangy lemon sauce, with a side of jasmine rice.

We also sampled the chicken pad Thai ($8.95). Rice stick noodles were stir-fried with egg, chicken and a sweet, dark soy sauce and served with a pile of crushed peanuts and a lemon wedge.

Both dishes were delicious, fresh and full of flavor. We'll go back to try it again, but our experience matches what we've heard from others, so I'm happy to have Pattaya nearby.

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Photodavie | Dec. 11, 2013 at 12:40 p.m. (report)

36366 THAI IN TOSA!!!! YEAH!!!!!!

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