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Cheap Eats: Thai Dinner at Pearl Cafe!

It is sadly true that we seriously neglect the northern part of the county with our dinners. Of course, that might be because there aren't as many suitable restaurants to choose from in that part of the county! Still, several people have told me about an awesome Thai restaurant in Florissant, and while it took me some time, I finally got around to checking it out. Yikes! It is indeed easily among the best Thai restaurants in the region, a fact which has been noted, apparently, by its consistent wins in the "Favorite Thai" category in the RFT restaurant polls! So now that I finally have seen the light, you know what happens next... time for us to have a dinner there!

Cuisine - We've had more than one Thai dinner before, so you're probably familiar with Thai food in general. If not, you're in for a treat! Thai food is sometimes labeled as "hot", and while it's certainly true you can get it that way, that is by no means the standard. In fact, the majority of dishes are not hot at all; but they might be labeled "spicy", only because they do, in fact, have a great many spices in them. Curry is a staple dish, and there are several types, typically yellow, red, green, and some special ones like Panang. But Thai curry is very different from Indian curry, as it's made with coconut milk and even when spicy, is still distinctly sweet. Like some other Asian cuisines, many Thai dishes are stir-fried, where the preparation is defined by the sauce and the vegetables; you can then choose the type of meat you want, such as chicken, beef, or pork, or sometimes shrimp or other seafood. Virtually all dishes can be meatless or made with tofu, so vegetarians usually love Thai food. On my last visit, I tried one of their specialties called "3 Flavor Fish", which was a lightly fried catfish fillet in an amazing sweet and garlicky sauce. It was incredible! I can often make a meal just out of appetizers, and the ones at Pearl do not disappoint. The chicken satay (seasoned chicken on skewers with peanut sauce) was great, and the shrimp crispy rolls might be the best I've ever tasted! Pearl also has a handful of Chinese and Vietnamese dishes (such as Pho and crepes) if you want to branch out a bit. Long story short, Pearl definitely lived up to the billing, as everything I've tried was among the best I've ever tasted!

Cost - Thai food is usually pretty economical, and Pearl does not disappoint. A hefty portion of the menu is under $10, most of the rest is only in the $12 range, and almost nothing is over $15. While you can run the price up a bit with some of the tasty appetizers, soups, and sides, this is still an extremely economical dinner, and easily fits into our Cheap Eats category!

Other Info - Pearl Cafe is located on the east side of Lindbergh (the right side if you're heading north from I-270), about a mile north of I-270. It's actually quite easy to find; when you pass the signal at Manresa, start keeping an eye out on the right side. It is just past a Firestone auto center. They have a parking lot but that might overflow, so if necessary you can park in an adjacent lot.

I'll be looking forward to seeing lots of my frugal foodies at Pearl Cafe on Thursday the 16th for some outstanding Thai food!

Pearl Cafe

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  • Sue

    Enjoyed the company at what was a great little restaurant. The food was good and the service was better! Too bad it is so far away from where I live. :-(

    August 17, 2012

  • Eileen

    a great choice! Food was delicious and service and price great!

    August 17, 2012

  • Kevin

    I really, really, liked this restaurant. Great food!!! Casual, friendly....service couldn't have been better, Thanks again Neale...another home run.

    August 17, 2012

  • Larry A.

    Always have a good time at these events. Always great people

    August 17, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    My first experience with meetup was a winner. The food, venue, and company exceeded my expectations...looking forward to the next one.

    August 17, 2012

  • Bob

    Nice groups of folks to dine with. Great evening! Neal does a great job of finding location for our group to go. Thanks for all of your effort.

    August 17, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Awesome food and people!

    August 17, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great food.

    August 17, 2012

  • Jim

    Tasty food with a wide variety. If you like spice, they have it here!

    August 17, 2012

  • Kevin

    A great evening all-around.

    August 16, 2012

  • Neale

    Delicious food, excellent service, great bunch of people!

    August 16, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm so sad this is the night before my finals! Love Pearl Cafe! I hope everyone enjoys it! The drunken noodles are awesome!

    August 15, 2012

  • Kevin

    If anyone is so inclined, this place has a phenomenal beer selection, as well.

    August 10, 2012

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