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Tired of Fast Food and Japanese? Try Bangkok Downtown

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Rebecca Rider, Writer

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A new restaurant has stepped up to offer Salisbury an alternative in an endless parade of Japanese joints, as well as a genuinely classy restaurant. Bangkok Downtown came to Innes Street earlier this year and has managed to attract quite a crowd.

For one, the restaurant itself is nice. The owners’ preserved the look and feel of the old building it’s located in, but created a unique and relaxing atmosphere with red walls, nice leather chairs, low-hanging lights, chandeliers, and gorgeous artwork.

Does the food live up to the appearance? You betcha. The menu is varied, offering familiar Chinese and hibachi dishes, as well as traditional Thai food—something natives of Salisbury, NC might be unfamiliar with. I strongly suggest the green and red curry dishes—lots of flavor and just enough heat to keep things interesting. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can also order a number of traditional teas such as Thai Tea, a very sweet, iced tea mixed with milk. You can also pick from an decent, if pricey, sushi menu.

A bit of a warning: it’s not the cheapest place in town. Dinner dishes hover at about $15 a plate, but they give you a decent amount of food. If you’re low on funds, you can go for lunch, which is more reasonable—about $7 for a lunch plate, which includes the appetizer, the soup of the day, and a small egg roll. Lunch starts when the restaurant opens, at 11 am.

The only thing that’s off-putting about Bangkok Downtown is that the menu offers no descriptions of the items. Each is listed under a heading, so you’ll know if it’s a noodle, soup, or rice dish, but other than that, unless you’re familiar with Thai food, it’s a bit of a surprise.

Despite the mystery menu, it is a restaurant that’s well-worth trying out, and it’s one of the few places in Salisbury that could be considered date-night material. So scrape together some cash, if you’re short, and consider Bangkok Downtown for your next night out.

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Tired of Fast Food and Japanese? Try Bangkok Downtown