Pad Thai, or, Do you know the way to San Jose?

I ate over at the Autumn Court again tonight with Dyanna. I raved about this place the first time I tried it, and I still have nothing but good things to say. They’ve been around for over twenty years, but I think the quality of the food may have suffered in the past. That’s just judging from the reactions I get from long-term Phoenix residents when I ask them if they know of it.

If that was the case, it’s certainly not now. The food ranges from acceptable to pretty good, and the ambiance is nothing short of fantastic. It’s kitschy all over, from the individually carved wood ornaments to displays of plastic fruit to the glass jars of beans lashed to the walls. The low lighting and complete lack of windows provides a welcome respite from the typically inescapable harsh glare of the Phoenix sun.

Even if the food isn’t for you, the lounge in the back is a quirky, comfortable, quiet spot to enjoy an umbrella-adorned drink and relax with a friend or few.

Autumn Court
4300 North Central Avenue

3 Comments so far

  1. Demooderew (unregistered) on July 25th, 2005 @ 2:38 pm

    You might want to try The Plaid Eatery (in Tempe) for some good Pad Thai and other foods!

  2. Pete (unregistered) on July 30th, 2005 @ 1:07 pm

    You missed the best pad thai by about two miles. Try Wild Thaiger on Central. Also worth a visit (if you can get in — it seems to always be packed) is Fate at 905 S. 4th St, just south of Roosevelt.

  3. Jodi (unregistered) on August 1st, 2005 @ 2:41 pm

    I agree with Pete’s comment – The Wild Thaiger is very good. I’m not sure how they do it, but the Beef Panang is amazing – if not completely traditional. I’ve ordered this dish at a few other places, and no one comes close. Lunchtime is crowded but it is worth the wait.

    Also, try Char’s Thai in Tempe (on University, just east of Rural). They’ve been around forever, which probably explains the decor. The only difficulty I’ve had is getting the level of spice that I want…they tend to be conservative.

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