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Peyton’s Plate: Chanda Tai

Peyton Garcia
Peyton Garcia
Posted on September 8, 2022   |   Updated on June 19
Umm, yes please! (Peyton Garcia / City Cast Denver)

Umm, yes please! (Peyton Garcia / City Cast Denver)

On my plate this week: Chada Thai. For longtime readers, you might already know I’m a huuuge fan of this delicious little Cap Hill gem.

Tucked along 17th Avenue at Race Street sits my fave Thai restaurant in the city — blink and you might miss it. It has a teeny tiny dining room and walls crowded with old newspaper clippings and photos of founder Lily Chittivej. Dine-in meals are served on disposable plates with plasticware. Local lore claims Chada Thai was the very first Thai restaurant in the U.S. (though, I’m not sure how anyone could prove that). And I love every single thing about it.

My go-to order: crispy curried wonton puffs; traditional, wide rice noodle pad see ew (with chicken and mild spice); sweet coconut milk sticky rice; and a Thai iced tea. Read a full homage to Chada Thai that I wrote in this newsletter from last year.

10/10; I will never miss an opportunity to stop by!

In other food news:

  • 🍺 Englewood’s Brewability not only centers on craft brews and fresh pizza, but offers a space specially designed for patrons and staff with physical and cognitive disabilities. [CPR] 
  • 🍖 Hawaiian food is hitting its stride in Denver, as more and more Pacific Islanders bring a taste of the Big Island to the Mile High. [Denver Post] 
  • 🗓️ Hungry for a food festival? Starving for more food news? I’ve got the full dish on September food events in this roundup that I wrote for DiningOut Magazine. [DiningOut Magazine]
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