Thai Elephant // Kamm's Corners is its own Irish blessing. With a collection of traditional pubs, casual eateries and neighborhood hangouts, the strip of Lorain Avenue near Rocky River Drive rises up to meet you like the warm sun on your face. Yet even a good Celtic boy needs more than Guinness, boxty and shepherd's pie. So the addition of Thai Elephant in a long vacant storefront near the recently opened Paddy Rock Superpub (an Irish music club and dueling piano bar) is as welcome as a soft rain upon West Side fields. While there's nothing fancy or assuming about the second location for owner Sirima Krabnoic, who also operates Thai Chili in Avon Lake, the authentic Thai cuisine feels effortless. Start with the fresh basil rolls ($4.95): two large rice paper wraps, each showcasing three big shrimp, fresh lettuce, cucumber, carrot and basil. You can move on to the pad thai, but we recommend the D.U.I. (Drunken Noodle) Kee-Mao ($8.50-$13.95) instead. The beautiful tangled mound of flat rice noodles blends bell peppers, onion, green beans, basil and your choice of seafood, meat or tofu. And while all the dishes can be spiced to your desire, adding chili heat to the subtly sweet brown gravy of the Rad Nar ($8.50-$13.95) will keep you warm until we meet again.
12:00 AM EST
February 15, 2013