Lao Thai Restaurant, offering Laotian and Thailand cuisine, has opened in the Shepherd Center at 1017 Casitas Pass Road in Carpinteria, the former home of Phoevermore which closed last January.  The ambiance is casual with just a few wall hangings in addition to monitors that shows photos of Thailand, Laos, and food. “At Lao Thai Restaurant we offer meals of excellent quality and invite you to try our delicious food,” says the family behind this new gem. “The key to our success is simple: providing quality consistent food that taste great every single time. We pride ourselves on serving our customers delicious genuine dishes.”

Lunch specials (about $15) include Cashew Nut Chicken, Ginger & Vegetables, Kra Prow, Garlic Pepper Sauce, Mixed Vegetables, Pa-Ram, Prick King, Pad Thai, Eggplant Basil Garlic & Chili, Seafood Platter, Pineapple Curry, and Curries.

Main dishes (about $16) include Mixed Vegetables (sautéed with cabbage, snow pea, garlic, onion, mushrooms, carrot), Garlic Pepper (sautéed with garlic pepper sauce), Pa-Ram (spinach topped with peanut sauce), Eggplant (Japanese eggplant sautéed with garlic, chili, Thai basil), Kaprow Sweet Basil & Chili (sautéed with chili, garlic, bamboo shoot, onion, carrot and Thai basil), Ginger & Vegetables (sautéed with ginger, garlic, onion, mushrooms, carrot), Cashew Nuts (sautéed with Thai chili paste, onions, cashew nuts), and Prick King (pan-fried in the Prick king curry paste with green beans & coconut milk).

Hours are Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday noon-9 p.m., and Sunday 5-9 p.m. Call (805) 318-9287 or visit


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