Every once in a while you hear of those Christmas experiences that personify the ""miracle of the season"". We just had one, and Thai Lotus had alot to do with it. My wife and I were in the neighborhood to drop off some goods to a woman who suffered a terrible apartment fire, and who was also working at the Thai Lotus that night (Christmas Eve). Our plan was to drop the stuff off to her and then have a bite to eat there before going home. So, we approach the front door and it looks like the place is packed, but a ""CLOSED"" sign is on the front door. ""Private party"" I think to myself, and we turn around to find another place to eat until the woman we came to see gets off work. Right as we turned, a kindly silver haired gentleman stepped out the door and said ""Where are you going? Come on in!"". So we did, and four or five wonderful Thai ladies wearing Santa hats ushered us to an incredible buffet of Thai food, and then to a table. The place was just alive with children, adults enjoying the food and the conversation, and overall that incredible feeling of family that we are not used to experiencing these days just being whisked in off the street. We try to discreetly ask the host how we can pay (we sort of were ""crashed"" into the party) and she said absolutely not, this was a Christmas gift. We ate our fill of that wonderful food, got the items to the lady in need, and after thanking everyone there for the above-and-beyond hospitality, left to talk about the Christmas gift that came our way ourtside of our expectations. So, we are definitely going back to Thai Lotus. Not just because the food was absolutely amazing, but they offer something that's a sadly rare commodity these days - hospitality and the idea that you are family they just met.
Pros: Great food, fantastic service and warm family feeling
Cons: That it's so far from home!