By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Aug 18, 2020 at 2:30 PM Photography: Lori Fredrich

Sticky Rice, a new concept featuring a menu of Thai and Lao dishes, is slated to host its soft opening on Friday, Aug. 21 at 1000 E. Locust St., a location which previously housed Thai Lotus and Tuk's Thai Kitchen.

Owned by Khamlae Phonisay, Teerasak Boonwatana and Leo Kingsawan, the restaurant will feature a menu of appetizers, noodle dishes and specialty dishes, along with staples like red and green curry and fried rice.

Guests can expect starter offerings like egg rolls ($2), Lao sausage ($8.50), fried meatballs ($4) and tod mun pla (thai fish cakes ($5), along with papaya salad ($5), Lao beef jerky ($7) and chicken wings (six for $7.50). Soups, including tom yum and tom kha will also be available along with sides like Jasmine and sticky rice.

Curries and noodle dishes –including pad thai and pad kee mao (drunken noodles) – are served with a choice of chicken, vegetables, beef, shrimp, tofu or squid ($9.50-10.50).

Specials include signature Lao dishes like larb (chicken or beef for $10-11); pad kra pao, a stir fry of rice, holy basil and a choice of protein served with an over-easy egg $10.50-$11.50); nam khao featuring deep fried rice balls, cured pork sausage, peanuts, scallions, cilantro, lime and coconut ($9); khao piak sen (Lao style chicken noodle soup, $9); and marinated grilled chicken thighs scented with lemongrass, garlic, oyster and fish sauces and sugar ($8).

Beginning Friday, Aug. 21, Sticky Rice will be open Tuesday through Sunday from 3 to 11 p.m. Call (414) 226-6483 to place your order for carry-out.

You can follow Sticky Rice on Facebook and Instagram.

Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.