Thai Stop: a limited-service Thai option
Thai Stop is located at 14101 N. May Avenue #109 in Oklahoma City (map). They are open from 11am to 9pm Monday through Saturday. You can call them at 405.752.8400.
Though Oklahoma City has a wealth of Thai restaurants to choose from, Thai Stop has a unique place in our landscape as a limited-service Thai option. Located on May Avenue, north of Memorial, in an area that seems to be the capital of new, quality, local, limited-service concepts (such as Nhinja, Coolgreens, and Cafe 7), Thai Stop adds another nice option to the growing mix of restaurants within walking distance in that location.
The interior of Thai stop is spacious and modern with stained concrete floors, rich colors and nice fixtures. In fact, the look of the place coupled with their slick marketing posters caused me to wonder at first if it was a chain. But it is not. It is a single, locally-owned entity. The owners used to own both Thai Stop and Bankok Thai (near NW Expressway and MacArthur) but sold Bankok a while back in order to focus their efforts here.
On my first visit, I had the Pad Thai, of course. You can get chicken Pad Thai for $6.49 at lunch and $7.49 at dinner. Pretty good pricing, I think, and the portion is decent, though it left me wanting just a bit more. The flavor was pretty much right for me. I don’t like it when Pad Thai is too sweet and Thai Stop’s version suited my tastes well.
On my next visit, I tried the Crispy Chicken with Tamarind Sauce ($6.75 at lunch, $8.99 at dinner). The chicken was very good. Mine was the lunch version and was still a fairly large portion of tender, all white meat chicken with a very light, crispy exterior. Rather than small chunks of chicken battered and fried all the way around, this was a single piece of white meat that was battered, fried and then cut into strips. This made for a great presentation and also made it quite easy to eat. The tamarind sauce was great as well — sweet, tangy and with peanuts mixed in.
While it was well-prepared, I probably wouldn’t opt for the Chicken with Tamarind Sauce again. I guess personally I prefer stir-fry dishes that include vegetables and a little more sauce to tie everything together and mix in with the rice. The sauce in this dish was really just enough to compliment the chicken, leaving the mound of steamed white rice to be pretty much eaten on its own. Perhaps if I’d have gotten fried rice (which is also an option) I would have enjoyed it a bit more. Still, the quality of the ingredients motivates me to visit Thai Stop again and try one of their other menu offerings.
Thai stop offers 6-7 lunch specials which each come with steamed or fried rice and a sweet biscuit for under $7. They also have a different curry dish each day on their lunch menu. I saw someone nearby enjoying the curry of the day and it looked really good. Dinner pricing is between $8-$10 per entrée. Since they don’t have a website or an online menu, I’ve posted the pics I took of their menu in a pdf file here.
One minor thing I really enjoyed about Thai Stop is the fact that they only charge $1.00 for iced tea (with free refills). Other soft drinks are $1.49. It has always seemed to me that tea shouldn’t be as expensive as soft drinks, but most restaurants charge the same amount for all of them. Kudos to Thai Stop for offering a break to us tea-lovers.
With good prices, good portions, quality ingredients, and a limited-service concept, I think Thai Stop is definitely worth a visit. The food tastes quite fresh and they claim on their menu that they add no MSG. I’d love to hear what you think about Thai Stop. Leave us your thoughts in the comments below.