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3 Thai — Pleasant Hill

Health food in the East Bay is losing its snob appeal. Two new restaurants combine healthy, often organic ingredients to create quick meals—that don’t cost that much more than a Big Mac.


Joni Sare

Located in a former Togo’s, this casual, friendly Thai restaurant has been redecorated with a Pottery Barn–meets–Asian kitsch vibe. The dishes we tasted were all on the mild side but were made with vibrant, fresh ingredients. Dinner entrées range from $7.95 to $12.95, depending on whether you want vegetarian or would like meat or seafood added. Knock a dollar off that price during lunch hours. Appetizers range from $6.50 to $8.50.

Extra Value: Entrée portions are big enough to be shared by two.

Double Down: There’s nothing wrong with the goong sarong: tasty deep-fried prawns in a wonton skin, with a side of tangy plum sauce.

Spice It Up: The beef fried rice, while healthy, could benefit from a hit of Sriracha hot sauce.

Get Wired: The Thai iced coffee, mixed with condensed milk, makes for a sweet afternoon pick-me-up.

When in Rome: For real bargain hunters, The Salvation Army and Goodwill stores are right across the street.

Quick In and Out? 3 Thai isn’t that kind of party: This is a sit-down joint, so plan on lingering for a while.

3 Thai, 1600 Contra Costa Blvd., Pleasant Hill, (925) 798-8424. Lunch and dinner Tue.–Sun.

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