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Tara Thai continues to be favorite dining spot in VOC

Jureeporn Graham and Tara Thai owner, Tadsuang Schuler (Fook), sharing just some of the restaurant’s cuisine. Courtesy photo

Jureeporn Graham and Tara Thai owner, Tadsuang Schuler (Fook), sharing just some of the restaurant’s cuisine. Courtesy photo

In 2005, we surveyed VOC employees about their favorite lunch stops. Tara Thai, at 34 Bell Rock Plaza, was at the top of the list. Pad Thai was the most frequently ordered entrée.

Now, 15 years later, the owner since then, Tadsuang Schuler or “Fook” as most locals call her, says Pad Thai is still the most frequent request. Why? Because it looks and tastes familiar to customers.

It is safe from the standpoint of “heat." Anything beyond 3, (1-5) is a request and warnings are given. Each dish is fresh daily. Customers recognize the fragrance, spiciness, and the tastes of sweet, sour, salty, and bitter.

Our good neighbor, Jureeporn Graham, formerly of Thailand, is now working with Fook. Juree raised our awareness to the popularity of take out and in restaurant dining during the CoVid restrictions.

On a recent visit, guess what we ordered? Pad Thai. Delicious stir-fried rice noodles tossed with chicken, egg, shrimp, bean sprouts, sweet and sour sauce, then topped with ground roasted peanuts.

To sample different starches, we were treated to Veggie Rolls that incorporated clear noodles with carrots, celery and cabbage. They were served with a sweet/sour dipping sauce.

In addition, we had Kao Pad Sup Pa Rod, a curry of exotic fried rice with chicken, shrimp, egg, pineapple and cashews.

Each beautifully plated item was delicious and easily shared by two; in our case, shared with leftovers that reheat well. Any dietary restrictions can be met as the menu has 80 items: many appetizers, salads, soups and entrees.

Hours for the restaurant are daily from 11 a.m. to 3- and 4 p.m. close.

Check the website www.tarathaisedona.com or call 928-284-9169 for take-out and CoVid restrictions.

In addition to all her work at the restaurant, Fook Schuler, has added beauty to the Plaza with a garden hugging the sidewalk near the restaurant entrance.

Recently she purchased the Hutchison’s massage business at 51 Bell Rock Plaza, near the VOC library.

The new name is Sedona Thai Massage, 928-254-8139.

Bites and Sips

Through July, “Wednesdays in Sedona” is promoting “Buy one Entrée, Get One Entrée Free” dining in only between 3 and 8 p.m. at five Sedona restaurants, one each Wednesday. Go to: www.SedonaChamber.com and select Events from the banner for details.

During the CoVid closures, we were fortunate to be able to patronize VOC restaurants. We enjoyed take-out from Cucina Rustica, Corner Table, Red Rock Café, Rotten Johnny’s. Los Betos and Clarks. Once opened, with restrictions, we dined in at Miley’s and Maria’s.

Many thanks to Fook Schuler and her staff at Tara Thai for their time and dedication to eating well.

To Our Readers Health and Happiness, Jeff and Suzie Dunn at The Dunnery

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