Addie's Thai House
Here we go with yet another hole-in-the-wall ethnic restaurant on Olive Blvd. More often than not, I'm too lazy to drive down to The King and I and at the time of writing, I've yet to try the highly touted Fork & Stix in the Loop, so Addie's is where I get my Thai fix. The interior of the restaurant makes it a no-go for first dates or a meal where you're trying to impress someone with the whole package. It's pretty dated. Also, the AC does not seem to work very well on hot days. When we left, we were all sweating. We started with a spring roll that's not on their website's menu. It was packed with veggies, roasted duck and served with a sweet tamarind sauce. It tasted fresh and bright. Everyone greedily took their respective 2 rolls. Ourother starter was one of my standards at any Thai restaurant: the Som Tum, or papaya salad. Green papaya is shredded with carrots, tomatoes, and green beans, then tossed in a lime juice and topped with peanuts. Beware! This dish is always shockingly spicy. Once I had a Som Tum so spicy that my lips started swelling up. If you can't handle the heat, ask for it with no spice or very mild. I enjoyed it, but it was a bit heavy on the sauce. I was left with a bowl full of lime juice.
Tom Ka Gai, a coconut chicken soup, had a lot of the flavors I love and miss from Southeast Asia: galangal, lemongrass, chili paste, Kaffir lime leaves and some cilantro. If you've never had Thai food or this particular soup, it's a good starter version, but it didn't really transport me back to Asia.
I liked the Tofu Cashew Nuts dish quite a bit. Tofu is sautéed with garlic, bell peppers, onion, carrots and roasted cashews in a sweet and sour sauce. If you're familiar with Asian black bean sauces, that's what this reminded me of more than your typical "sweet and sour"-type sauce.
The Sweet Basil Chicken was the biggest disappointment of the night for me. All the Thai basil chicken I had throughout Asia were examples of "less is more": ground chicken cooked hot and fast with Thai basil, chilies, and a dash of soy and fish sauce. This was just a normal sautéed chicken breast with garlic, onions, bell peppers, chili paste and basil. I don't know what sauce it was in. I wasn't a fan.
What I WAS a fan of was their Penang Curry. Chicken, bell peppers, and Thai bay leaves swim around in a thick and deeply flavorful curry. Easily the best dish I've had at Addie's and one of the better Penang curries I can remember having (nothing tops you, Mai Tai). This is one of those curries that makes everything it covers taste good...so I put my basil chicken in it.
Addie's isn't the best Thai food I've had in my life, nor is it the best I've had in St. Louis, but it is still pretty good. It seemed like a lot of people did take-out, which is probably something my family will start doing more of. Eating inside the restaurant doesn't do much for me as the atmosphere both inside and out is lackluster. If you live in the area, give it a try, but I wouldn't drive any long distance to eat there.
13441 Olive Blvd
St. Louis, MO