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My friends in the service argue there is an obvious reason for this: military personnel bring back a taste for authentic ethnic food from their overseas deployments. Then they support local places that do it right. This argument lies behind the development


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of my MILITARY FATIGUES SCORE (MFS for short). Here is how it works: pick an ethic spot


near a military base, walk in the door at lunch, and count camo. The higher the number, the better your chances of getting a great meal. Measured by its MFS, Sala Thai is a


winner. On a recent visit, at least one diner at every table was in uniform. I sat down at a corner table with a great big grin on my face anticipating some fine Thai. I wasn’t disappointed. Authentic Thai food is marked by a


steep staircase of heat and pungent flavors that you either love or hate. True, you can order excellent dishes that are not spicy and sidestep strong exotic tastes, but the most striking food on the menu at Sala Thai fills the kitchen and dining room with the aroma of fish sauce, ginger, chiles, coconut milk and lemongrass. “Every dish on the menu is what I


would eat myself,” says chef and owner Pat Smitamorn. “No double standard here. Thai food is all about a combination of flavors: sweet, salty, sour, in the right proportions.” Neither Pat nor his wife, Rapeepun,


claim formal restaurant experience before purchasing Sala Thai from its first owner in 2006. Simtamorn holds a degree in Electronics Engineering


and is an ASE


certified mechanic. His wife graduated in Computer Science and worked as a web designer in Thailand before they were married in 2005. Yet food was a focal point for both of their


families. Pat’s mother ran a restaurant inside a tobacco factory in Bangkok while he was growing up, and Rapeepun’s father loved to


All-You-Can-Eat Buffet with 2 Adult Meals


Kids Eat for FREE


Monday - Saturday


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Monday - Saturday SENIOR SPECIAL


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Monday - Saturday


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