Emily J. Sullivan
Tho One Thai Eatery has a jam-packed menu with delectable Thai dishes from the Sizzling Seafood Hot Plate, a dish ample with scallops, shrimp, calamari, crab, fish and green mussel to less common dishes like the Thai Omelet stuffed with ground chicken and veggies to the classics like Crying Tiger, a grilled rib eye steak served with hot spicy chili sauce.
The eatery, located on the southeast corner of Foothill Boulevard and Fruit Street in La Verne, has an unassuming aesthetic.
The interior has a do-it-yourself vibe with industrial style light fixtures, charming rustic decor that feels almost truck-stop diner-esque.
The food though, is top-notch; its high-quality dishes are clearly prepared with love and plated with care.
The menu is diverse, offering a wide variety of Thai dishes and American classics like hamburgers and fries as well. The menu is designed as a “choose your own adventure” with core dishes offered with a variety of different proteins to choose from like tofu, chicken, beef or seafood and different levels of spice – mild, medium, hot or extra spicy.
I strolled into Tho One Thai Eatery at 2 p.m. on a Monday, an hour before they close after lunch at 3 p.m.
Their hours vary depending on the day and, during the week, they close between lunch and dinner. I was the only patron dining in, but the restaurant was prepping take-out orders throughout my visit.
I perused the lengthy menu and decided on a chicken wonton soup for an appetizer and the penang curry with chicken for my lunch.
The lunch specials come with a salad, rice and an egg roll.
My salad came out first, a simple dinner salad with crispy wonton strips and a tangy, smooth dressing. It was delicious. I finished it just as my chicken wonton soup arrived piping hot, billowing with steam and the fragrant aroma of chicken broth.
Soon after, my panang curry arrived. The curry was a perfect balance of peanut flavors and spices to kick up the heat, coconut milk was drizzled over the dish, giving the plate a creative and refined presentation.
The portion sizes felt perfect, I had just the right amount of each item.
The egg roll was cooked perfectly with a crispy, flaky shell and flavorful filling.
I had water with my meal, but the eatery offers a variety of Thai teas, including the boba teas, a Thai restaurant staple.
The prices were slightly more expensive than their competitors, but the dishes held up to the prices.
I finished my meal by scanning the menu for what I could order the next time I came to visit. Tho One Thai Eatery had me perfectly satiated, yet eagerly wanting more.
Tho One Thai Eatery is located at 2300 Foothill Blvd.
Emily J. Sullivan can be reached at email@example.com.