Thai restaurants abound in the Sacramento region, and many of them serve up some very tasty and distinctive fare. But one of my favorite spots is Bangkok Garden in Natomas, whose cozy, wood-paneled walls and tasteful, intricately decorated interior sets the stage for the kitchen’s scrumptious menu items. Don’t miss the vivacious duck curry, submerged in a red curry-coconut milk broth and embellished with bamboo shoots, sweet pineapple, tomato and fresh basil leaves; or the comforting pad Thai, dotted with plump prawns, chunks of chicken and fried tofu squares. Service is warm and brisk, and if you’re planning to visit for lunch, the place fills up quickly at noon – so try to arrive by 11:45am, especially if you have a larger party.
3230 Arena Boulevard, Suite 215, Sacramento; (916) 285-0608