Tacked onto the White House Inn in West Sedona, this tiny place offers nutritious and natural cuisine. Secure one of the counter seats, or one of the ... More
Tacked onto the White House Inn in West Sedona, this tiny place offers nutritious and natural cuisine. Secure one of the counter seats, or one of the few tables in the pastel painted dining room. The Pad Thai noodles with chicken and veggies are popular, and pleasing curries (available with chicken, beef, shrimp or tofu) are also available. The Vegetable Lovers section features a macrobiotic platter specially prepared at your request a day ahead of time by Pearl who studied at The Vega Institute. Menu items are priced from $3.50-12.95, with Thai teas and soft drinks $1-$2.
We ate at Thai Spices a few years ago during our first visit to Sedona. The food was excellent and the staff was very friendly. We recently visited Sedona again and made a point of returning to Thai Spices. The food was again out of this world. My husband had the Pad Thai and I had the curry vegetables and the ginger soup. We would recommend all three. Our only complaint was the lack of service. Our waiter seemed to have an absolute lack of social skills. He never made eye contact with either of us and we had to repeatedly ask for more water. The hostess was completely rude to everyone. We were sitting near the counter and could hear how she talked to the customers ordering takeout. It was a shame to have a meal we looked forward to for so long ruined by such miserable people. The owners need to find a staff that likes people.
My wife and I ate at Thai Spices, for the first time, at around 7:00 p.m. on May 24th. The only complaint I had was with the waiter. For some reason, he seemed to disregard my wife and I while he chatted about his upcoming move in July with the table behind us. He never checked back with us while we were eating, and when he handed us the check, it seemed he could not wait for us to leave. Perhaps we remind him of someone. Hard to say. It was one of the few times in my entire adult life I have tipped less than 25%. The tip was $5.29 on a $31.71 order. On the plus side, the food was perhaps the best Thai food I have ever eaten. The Tom Yum soup was a delight as the various tastes danced across my tongue before blending warmly. I had shrimp in mine, but it was absolutely not necessary as the soup was delicious on its own merit. My wife Cindy ordered the pad thai. That has been covered in previous reviews by others, so I will not cover it again. Needless to say, she was delighted with it. I had the pineapple curry. The blend was exquisite, and the shrimp were properly prepared. It is sometimes difficult to cook shrimp properly, but these were perfect. The quantities on everything were more than ample, and we took home 2 takeout containers. The restaurant's interior is a warm, welcoming mix of Moroccan eggplant and gold. Even the waiter's inattention is not enough to drive this review below 5 stars. Thai Spices is simply not to be missed.
The food was cold. I had to wait an additional 20minutes, my guest was finished eating by the time I was served. When I mentioned this to the Manager he suggested we tip better! Correct me if I am wrong, in the USA we tip for good service! My experience was that the resturant does not care about the customer! They depend on the tourist! My advise, stay away!
I'm sure the ecletic staff at Thai Spices would be pretty bummed to know their little secret is getting let out, but the world has to know - it's one of the best restaurants in Sedona, hands down. We headed to Thai Spices to save a little money for the big spends on the weekend nights, and we never ate a meal that compared to this for the rest of the trip. In fact, we cancelled our Saturday reservation for another highly-recommended (pricey) place to go back, and loaded up on some of the best Thai we'd ever had. Having been to Thailand, and having eaten Thai all up and down the west coast of the US, we know our stuff. The fresh ingredients, playful combinations, healthy portions and reasonable price make this a MUST for your Sedona visit. Sorry, Thai Spices, your locals-only vibe is about to meet the tourist train!
PS - loved the piped-in music
Being from a Thai Family I was not sure what to expect. Although it is next to an Inn don't let that fool you. It is real Thai food and very cheap. I only wish I had a place like this near where I live. Yummmm.
This little non-descript building next to the White House Inn will be a very pleasant surprise for those of you seeking well prepared and FRESH Thai food. There are macrobiotic and organic choices to be found among the traditional menu items. There is a vegetable soup with tofu (the name of which escapes me just now) which is prepared with a wonderful variety of organic and tasty vegetables...my favorite! The pad thai noodles are so soft and non-clumpy... a very good choice. I have visited this restaurant only 3 or 4 times but will always return when I am in Sedona.
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