Fork + Stix: Northern Thai Cuisine Tucked Away in The Delmar Loop
Tucked away on a side street in The Delmar Loop’s eastern end is a 35-seat eatery quietly making its mark with traditional dishes from northern Thailand. It’s a favorite spot for neighbors from surrounding pockets like Skinker DeBaliviere, for students from nearby universities and for fans of authentic Thai cuisine, who make a point to stop by regularly.
They’re drawn by dishes like sai oua, a grilled sausage of pork and herbs. In Thailand’s northern cities like Chiang Mai, this is a common street food—something you’d grab and go, with maybe a side of spicy green-chile dip (naam prik nuum). The chicken skewers are also easily approachable and delicious. More-complex regional dishes include a curry with both pork belly and pork shoulder (hung lay curry), and a richly flavorful egg noodle-curry soup (khao soi), with an array of side dishes that you add to taste.
The tiny restaurant’s popularity led owner Phatcharin Wanna to open a Thai restaurant Downtown in 2017. The menu at Kiin Essentially Thai doesn’t duplicate Fork & Stix’s, although some of the most popular dishes appear on both. And the vibe is very different—this is a perfect spot to come with a friend and linger over little dishes of deliciousness.
549 Rosedale Ave.
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Photography courtesy of Carmen Troesser.