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The Newcomer

Best kept dining secret slipping out of Sunnyside

What may be the best kept secret in Sunnyside is going the way of the wind.

If you haven't eaten at the Siam Thai Restaurant, you have just a few weeks left to get in on some of the best food around.

Jerry and Somkaew Harden are closing their restaurant in the mini-mall in downtown Sunnyside at the end of this month. Not enough folks wandered in on a regular basis to keep them busy enough to stay open.

And that's a real shame.

Maybe folks here are just meat and potato folks, leery about taking a chance on fresh vegetables and succulent cuts of meat enhanced with sauces that tickle your tongue.

Maybe they thought Thai cooking was too hot to handle (it comes in a mild form too).

Maybe...well, maybe they just didn't get in on the secret.

I don't know where I'm going to get a bowl of chicken and mushroom soup with big, fresh, firm mushrooms and tender chicken, slightly flavored with cilantro. The kicker is, I don't even like cilantro. Well, not until I tasted Somkaew's soup.

It's true that Sunnyside, with its five Oriental/Asian restaurants, may seem to be in need of a really good soup/salad/sandwich shop, Italian restaurant or a place with a quality breakfast menu.

But, in my book, Siam Thai is the place to go when one is looking for something out of the ordinary.

Some days I had to go in there just for the black rice with coconut milk, a truly out-of-the-ordinary dessert delight. Now tell me, where am I going to find that when Jerry and Somkaew are gone?

Any day without a noon appointment was a good excuse to stop by for the luncheon buffet that always offers no less than eight, fresh dishes.

I'm not really surprised that my favorite restaurant is closing its doors. It seems I no sooner get attached to something than it disappears-like Frazier on TV.

It's with regret that I see this friendly couple moving out of my sphere of dining experience. They not only feed you well, they do it with style-real Thai style.

Too bad more people didn't discover Sunnyside's best kept secret.

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