This is a little different than your typical Asian restaurant. I have several Asian restaurants in my own neighborhood, but even though it' 15 minutes away, Chow Thai is worth the drive.
SETTING - A nice strip shopping center at the intersection of Beltline and Montfort Roads in Addison, in far north Dallas. The restaurant is back in the corner, so you'll have to look for it.
FOOD - They have a large and diverse menu, innovative at times. The menu features 15 or 20 entrees (including many seafood and no less than 4 different sea bass dishes -- try the Sea Bass in Thai Chili Sauce), some first-rate noodle dishes, big bowl noodle soups, and curries. Some entrees are "hot", and they will ask you if you want it done Mild, Medium, or Hot. I like the heat, but I order "Medium" here and still break a sweat before I'm done. The kitchen also puts some extra effort into the presentation of the food. Chow Thai won the Dallas Observer's "Best of Dallas" Thai Cuisine award -- 4 different years. Prices are higher than average for a Thai restaurant -- this is no Mom & Pop place -- but it's reflected in the quality of the food. You can view their web site and menu (click on Chow Thai at the top first).
BAR - They have a very good wine list -- much more than you see at most Asian restaurants, including premium labels -- and a full bar on one side of the room, the kind of bar where people sit and drink. It's not unusual to hear a cocktail shaker rattling.
AMBIANCE - The interior is contemporary. The clientele is mainly adult. It's not one of those places that caters to big families, although kids are welcome and invariably love the Chicken Fried Rice.
BOTTOM LINE - Somewhat upscale, great menu, good wine list and bar. Chow Thai is my kind of place.
Note: this restaurant now has a fine sister restaurant, Chow Thai Pacific Rim (just as good, but further north).