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THAI ME UP!
If you’re a slave to Thai fare, these restaurants have contrasting yet addictive approaches to
Siamese culinary zeitgeist — and once you’ve tried them, neither of them will release their
hold on you.
T E X T BY R O N Y M O
No one knows who Tani Thai’s mysterious Bob is, but we know
why he’s so confident. His namesake dish “Cocky Bob” escapes
any attempt at imitation. Thin slices of lightly breaded chicken are
flash-fried until golden, then tossed in a secret honey-garlic sauce
no one claims responsibility for. The lip-smacking Kiss Me Beef,
with crisp summer vegetables and aromatic ginger, is a culinary
crush you’d need not feel guilty about; 12269 S. Dixie Hwy;
TaniThaiRestaurant.com. If you could be on a first date with a restaurant, Bonding has
all the right moves for a successful finish. Unapologetically
fusion, they initially built their success on solid Thai staples like
Massaman Curry and Sticky Coconut Rice w/ Mango, but aren’t
tied down by any form of tradition. Try Lobster Pad Thai or Tuna
Pasta pitched with Napa cabbage kimchi and gochujang chili-
miso if you’re feeling especially adventurous; 638 S. Miami Ave.;