True Thai

2627 East Franklin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55406
http://truethairestaurant.com/

“What Anna wants, Anna gets!” is what a co-worker said to me, before telling me about True Thai. The day before Anna and I were talking about mango with sticky rice from Sawatdee, but when Anna called to inquire she was told they did not have any mango! I settled on eating garbage hotel food, but Anna wanted her mango with sticky rice and through Zagat found True Thai.
Anna came back with a pretty good review so I felt I needed to give this place a try. As we entered we were greeted with an extremely friendly staff, which as you know is a plus point in my book. Since I was observing a vegetarian day, I looked at the menu online and knew I was going to try the Red Curry with mock dock and the mango with sticky rice of course!
This is where True Thai stood out. Their presentation was different then every other Thai restaurant I had been too. They serve the curry in this interesting pot/bowl which is difficult to describe. It was full and hard to put rice in, but that made me focus more on the curry itself. I completely enjoy the curry, as I threw in a little rice as I lowered the bowl. I am not the biggest fan of mock dock, but I try to avoid tofu; so I would like to go back and try the chicken next time.
Finally, it was time for our mango with sticky rice. By now you have heard enough about this from me, but guess what I love it and you will only hear more! For those who do not know, it is a dessert made of sweet sticky rice toped with coconut milk served with mangos on the side. If you have not tried it give it a shot and you will why I rave about it, and well will go to a restaurant just because they have it! It met my expectations, and I can not to go back! True Thai has a great selection of seafood, which is what I look forward to.

Da Afghan

929 West 80th Street
Bloomington, MN 55420
http://www.daafghan.com/

When I found out there was a kebab place only blocks away from my hotel in Bloomington, I had to go and pay them a visit. Da Afghan is located on a side street off the main road, where you would never spot it while driving by. Fortunately for them, they have good reviews online, which is how I actually heard of them.
It is actually a pretty big place, which was empty when I walked in. Maybe it was the location, but normally when I walk into an empty restaurant I get worried. Naturally we were quickly seated; as we looked over the menu my coworker suggested we should try the sambosa, a pastry shell filled with beef and onions. My coworker was on point with this selection! For our entrée we decided to share a kebab combination plate. The waiter suggested we have the Lamb, and then we added the beef and chicken. First thing that stood out to me when they brought the platter out as compared to other kebab restaurants I have been to is that the kebabs were not dry. They were served with their natural juices, a very nice touch, which made for super soft kebabs. The waiter mentioned their lamb is their specialty and he was so true. These were the juiciest lamb kebabs I have had!
As I mentioned when I walked in, it was empty, by the time we were done with our meal the place started to fill up with people of all backgrounds. Clearly Da Afghan is a hidden treasure in the Twin Cities.