100 Favorite Dishes

100 Favorite Dishes, No. 54: The Khao Soi Curry at CrushCraft Thai

Leading up to September's Best of Dallas® 2016 issue, we're sharing (in no particular order) our 100 Favorite Dishes, the Dallas entrées, appetizers and desserts that really stuck with us this year.

CrushCraft Thai Street Eats doesn’t have to be this good. It has a premium location in the heart of Uptown, just across the street from the Ginger Man. It has eye-catching décor and bright colors, too, the kind of interior that draws crowds. The folks in the kitchen could easily coast on their prime real estate by serving mediocre Thai food at inflated prices for drunk Uptown bar-hoppers.

But CrushCraft doesn’t coast or take shortcuts. Its Thai food is some of the best in town, and the default order for most people is the drunken noodles, a fiery stir-fry of wide noodles, chicken, basil and chili peppers.

Want a slightly less flame-throwing dish that will still make you sit up straight? Try the khao soi, a chicken noodle curry topped with a boiled egg and crispy noodle straws. The curry itself is comfortingly hot, and the noodle crisps add an unusual bit of texture. It’s just as good the next day, and another win for one of the most likable restaurants in Uptown.
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Brian Reinhart has been the Dallas Observer's food critic since spring 2016. In addition, he writes baseball analysis for the Hardball Times and covers classical music for the Observer and MusicWeb International.
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