Feel like family at Thai Kitchen
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Julia Ruadrew will greet and serve you at Thai Kitchen.
I feel very privileged to be able to travel the world visiting exotic countries. After visiting Thailand, I was left with a lasting impression of the warmth and friendliness of the Thai people, so I was not at all surprised when I arrived at the Thai Kitchen on Cortez Road and was welcomed with a smile and a hug.
Lakkhana Rowred also known as Da came to the United States from Betong, Thailand in 1990 to find a better life for herself and her young daughter. Not unusual among hard working immigrants in this country, Rowred worked long hours in a variety of industries, and although trained as a nurse in Thailand, she eventually found her way into the restaurant business in Florida.
After seven years as co-owner of another Thai restaurant in Bradenton, she sold her interest and considered retiring and moving back to Thailand. But after living in the United Sates for so many years it was difficult to make the transition, especially since her daughter and two grandchildren were still in Florida. She ultimately returned to Bradenton and started looking for another restaurant to call home.
In September of 2007, Lakkhana Rowred purchased her second restaurant from owners who had operated a Thai restaurant at the same location for about 13 years. For Rowred the restaurant is home since everyone who works there is a family member. Rowred and her sister Supa Ruadrew are the chefs, their sister Julia Ruadrew is the hostess, server, menu interpreter and advisor who will walk you through the menu to make sure you order the type of food you like. The fourth sister Tasnee Pienpipak is a silent partner who still lives in Thailand.
Rowred worked closely with the previous owners on their Thai specialties and has made very few changes. Thai Kitchen’s menu is traditional Thai cuisine with an extensive assortment of appetizers including sate, spring roll and shrimp tempura. Some of the soups are wonton and coconut, there are several dinners to choose from with vegetables, shrimp or squid as well as, rice, noodle and curry dishes. Rowred says that Thai curry is somewhere between Indian and Chinese and if you’ve never eaten beanthread you’re in for an uncommon treat. They also offer dinner specialties including roasted duck, spicy shrimp and fish and chicken cashew nut, as well as a large Tofu Dinner and a take-out menu. Thai Kitchen’s menu includes beer and wine as well as soft drinks and teas. Every day there is a different complimentary appetizer of the day available with a coupon.
Thai Kitchen is one of those places that isn’t on everyone’s radar and will surprise you when you walk through the door, but you won’t be surprised by the traditional Thai dishes that Da Rowred and her family brings to Cortez Road.
So just walk right into the kitchen and say hello to Da. You’re always welcomed at Yhai Kitchen with a smile and a hug, and that’s no surprise.
7604 Cortez Road West
Bradenton, FL 34210
5 to 9 p.m.
All major credit cards accepted