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In Winooski, Tiny Thai Dishes Out Drunken Noodles and Other Far-East Eats


  • Matthew Thorsen
  • Tiny Thai

Over the past few years, Asian restaurants have blossomed all over Chittenden County like lotus flowers on a pond. The Queen City recently gained a pan-Asian noodle bar, and another is on the way. Where once there was a single source of Vietnamese pho in the Greater Burlington area, now there are seven.

There's no better example of the area's Far Eastern obsession than the mile-square city of Winooski, where five Asian eateries serve a population of 6300.

Location Details Tiny Thai Restaurant
Tiny Thai Restaurant
293 Main St.
Chittenden County
Winooski, VT

While all of them are popular, one, Tiny Thai, is almost always packed. At lunchtime, it's not unusual to see a line snaking out the restaurant's door, perhaps a result of the filling, ridiculously inexpensive prix-fixe lunch special: Diners get a beverage and two courses for just $7.95.

  • Matthew Thorsen
  • Tiny Thai

The sweet and hot ginger iced tea is a perfect starter. Follow it up with a bowl of fragrant tom yam chicken soup or moo ping — grilled, marinated pork on a stick. Choosing among 11 possible entrées isn't easy, but the "curry of the day" and the spicy pad kee maow, also known as "drunken noodles," are highly recommended.

The à la carte dinner menu is more extensive but not expensive — plus, the restaurant is BYOB, so there's no booze on the bill. Like all of Tiny Thai's dishes, the pad prik khing combines brightly colored, crisply cooked vegetables and a puddle of rich, complex sauce. The gentler massaman curry with potatoes and roasted peanuts amounts to Thai comfort food. "Rose's tofu" is a flavorful, meat-free choice.

There's only one problem with Winooski's favorite Asian place. Getting a parking place and a table. Luckily, there's a second Tiny Thai, in the Essex Shoppes & Cinema complex, just a short drive away.

This article was originally published in 7 Nights: The Seven Days Guide to Vermont Restaurants & Bars in April 2009.