Yesterday was my day off, and so my friend Sandrew and I decided to go out to dinner after a lazy day by the pool. After a short debate, we decided on Thai food and looked up the closest places on the ol' GPS. There turned out to be a good one very close to where we are staying, with great online reviews, so the decision was easily made.
THAI RESTAURANT #1
We pulled into a sketchy looking strip mall and parked in front of what was, according to the internet, the best Thai place in town. Sadly, from the outside, it looked more like a run down opium den of some sort. The windows were all black and, even though the sticker on the door said open, it didn't seem like a very welcoming place. Now, we did not go inside, so perhaps it was very nice in there. Maybe they darkened the windows so that everyone else walking by the sketchy looking strip mall would not see all the nice stuff they had in there and try to steal it. Maybe. But regardless, we never left the car, and instead headed to the second closest place on the list.
THAI RESTAURANT #2
We pulled into the driveway, and right away something seemed wrong. Was it the fact that all of the windows were broken, or was it the lack of a door? Perhaps it was the collapsed wooden fence draped artfully over the side of the building. It could have been the "Closed" sign that hung crookedly from what appeared to be a slightly burnt door frame. No, this place did not seem to be any better than the last place we were at, although at least we could see inside this post-apocalyptic place quite clearly. Better to move on to somewhere else.
THAI RESTAURANT #3
Finally! A place with clear windows that were fully intact! Indoor and outdoor seating! A deck! Delicious Thai food! And after almost an hour of driving, we would have pretty much eaten anywhere that had not fully burned down.
So if you are looking for a recommendation for Thai food in St. Petersburg, FL, my suggestion would be to eat at place #3. And if you can't find it, well, I still have some leftovers that I guess you could have.