i'd heard from a couple of people that a new thai/Lao restaurant would be opening in town - up in the ravenna neighborhood. so one sunday, a few weeks back, i drove over to have a look at it. (and here is a look at it; see picture below:)
well, as i was out there taking this picture with my camera phone, this white woman walks up to me and asks what i am doing. so i explain that i have a blog, and that i like to post stuff or whatever, and so she tells me, "i met the owner yesterday! they had a nice little open house for people in the neighborhood, served free food and everything! you should meet them!" so next thing you know, i am being forcibly dragged into the restaurant to meet the owners - (which is not my style, i swear. i really don't like to show up to anything without an embossed invite, and even then i'd probably rather stay home.)
but in the end, i am glad the she pushed me to go inside. because the neighbor introduced me to noy, the very friendly owner, and i had a great time talking with her. we sat down and she showed me the plans for the menu (they'll start out with a few Lao dishes, and hopefully expand.) and talked about her family and other restaurants she's been involved with. but this will bring the total number of Lao (or at least Lao-leaning) restaurants in the seattle area to three: savatdee, vieng thong, and thai palms. but noy may do hers a bit different -she mentioned the possibility of serving khao poun - which is my favorite food of my life forever and ever, and something i've never seen a seattle restaurant serve before. so i am there. i am not sure if they're open yet... but if not, it can't be long now. the restaurant is located on the corner of roosevelt and ne 58th st.