The best Thai restaurants in Dallas are not actually in Dallas; instead they’re in suburbs like Plano and Garland. Bangkok City saves the day: It’s a decent Thai place inside the loop, for Thai food lovers who don’t want to drive 20-plus miles to get it. It opened in a vintage brick building in 1992 and forms an “Asian axis” with the equally popular Vietnam across the street. Signature dishes include corn fritters and pad Thai. Thai iced coffee is cool because it’s interactive: They give you the apparatus with the coffee grounds while it’s still seeping so you can watch the coffee drip-drip-drip over the glass of ice. Too bad about the mildly detectable cooking odor when you walk in, as that can be a sign the kitchen isn’t being cleaned regularly. Did we mention you don’t have to drive 20 miles?
To clarify, this is the good Bangkok City, as opposed to the not-so-good Bangkok City on Greenville Avenue.