April 09, 2015
My friends Clay and Penn McElmurray started Thai Island restaurant on Davis Island in 2003 – and 12 years later, you can certainly say the restaurant gets better every single day – and it has always been good.
I’ve known Clay since our Plant high school days and when he married Penn who was from a rural village in Thailand, she came with a built-in authentic Thai cook – her mom, who is the head chef.
This nondescript Thai oasis is nestled on the outside corner of a strip center with other island shops and restaurants. The glass topped wood tables are lined with colorful patterned tablecloths, around a room decorated with an eclectic array of Thai pictures and art.
Recently, I dined with my sister and brother-in-law, all ordering something different. The sampler platter (with chicken satay, corn fritters, crab Rangoon, and spring rolls) is a must – but so too are the crispy asparagus (wrapped in filo and lightly fried), and the incredible pork dumplings…all coming with various sauces that enhance the flavor of the apps. Yes, by the way, we ordered all three appetizers…research, ya-know.
Sometimes at restaurants, I get stuck on one favorite menu item and don’t venture forth. I was like this at Thai ordering the Garlic Pepper chicken, at least until I saw so many of their dishes passing by me looking so beautiful and smelling so wonderful – I just had to try others.
All their dishes can be ordered with chicken, pork, beef, seafood, tofu, or totally with just fresh vegetables…and I especially recommend the green curry’s, and pad Thai. While I order take-out often – it is most fun to go with friends and explore each other dishes.
Please do let me know what you think about Thai Island.Thai Island – Davis Island 210 East Davis Boulevard Davis Island (813) 251-9111