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This far North Dallas spot is probably more neighborhood than destination, but tasty dishes and charming decor keep it in the game. Fried rice dishes come out quickly, which might raise an eyebrow, but fluffy rice with tasty chunks of pineapple and chicken was a surprise and relief. The grilled chicken smothered in peanut sauce looks bland but recovers with appropriate sweetness amidst jasmine rice and colorful steamed vegetables. Service was fairly attentive with nary a half-empty drink or an open sugar packet on the table, but when the initial order was mistaken, enough time passed for others to be half finished with their plates.
it may be just a little more expensive than where i usually go, but the proportions make it well worth the extra dollar, and i've ate here four times & each time the food was amazing! in my 30 years of living, i never take time to compliment a place for good service, but i did the first time i ate here.
Thai restaurants in Dallas generally fall into two categories: mediocre and great. There isn't space between the two designations to accommodate gradients. Maybe it's the water. Maybe it's the obsession with steaks and frozen margaritas. For some... More »
Banana Leaf, whose twin mottos are "the leaf that's delicious" and "to-go, or reservation," does all the staples--pad Thai, panang, satay, spring rolls--with skillful aplomb. But it also pinches you with less familiar but well-spiced creations such as waterfall beef (so molten it turns your tear ducts into hydropower channels) and tiger cry (so named because it can turn a fierce feline predator into a typical Oprah guest). And while Banana Leaf isn't a dazzling example of interior design... More »