I have a lunch friend, "Ann" (we have lunch probably 4 times a week together). We've known each other for something like 18 years, and this is technically the 5th time we've been co-workers. When we leave the front doors of the building, she always asks the same question: "Where to?"
I'm in charge of picking the place. Every day. And it's not so bad, since she's a vegetarian, it keeps me out of the fast food joints, but we do hit Mexican 2 or 3 times a week. But different places, ya know, to mix things up.
Well, Tuesday's answer was, "My Thai." It's a reasonable Thai restaurant over on Michigan Avenue that we've been hitting for 5 years between 2 different employers. I would guess I've been there maybe 25 times or so. It's no Star of Siam, but it's pretty good. And EVIL CANDY had just put the idea of Chinese food into my head with THIS POST. And there's really no good Chinese in our area of the Loop, so the de facto Asian is Thai.
As we entered the place, I notice that they'd replaced their chairs, or stained them or something. Then the table was set different. The old white placemats were not a chocolate brown and then had orange napkins, and serious chop sticks. "Sprucing up the joint" I muttered as I notice that they'd repainted the walls, reupholstered the bolster cushions on the bench seating, etc.
Then we got the menus. They were different, too. Long and narrow with lots of sushi offerings. But it still had our Thai favorites on the menu.
Then I looked at the cover of the menu.
Yeah, the super observant Scope didn't realize that, since the last time he'd been in that space, the old restaurant had closed and a new one had opened.
Food was good, though.
And with that I give you: