Location: SW 5th and Oak/Stark
Description: Thailand is a country that is obsessed with street food. In large cities like Bangkok or even the smallest of towns one can find all kinds of delicious food at bargain prices. You’ll see rich folks pull up in Mercedes and people of all types and classes slurping soups, dining on noodles, and enjoying other specialties.
Every time I walk by Veli Thai I get a whiff of garlic, lemon grass, ginger and a thousand other amazing scents that bring me back to my travels in Thailand.
Almost everything at Veli is $5.00 and includes Thai standards such a big container of Phad Thai, several different kinds of curries (red, yellow, green, etc), and lots of stir fries as well as fried rices. Salad rolls are 2 for $3.00 and make for a light lunch or perfect snack. Some recent specials also included a pineapple curry and a pumpkin curry. Just about everything is available in a vegetarian version.
[Updated with photo August 2009]
Hours: lunchtime Mon-Fri
Phone: 503-867-1514 or 503-475-3868