Midwest Living Review
Because it's a military community where Army officers from around the world are stationed with their families, Leavenworth has an eclectic mix of ethnic restaurants. Military wife Aree Proctor from Thailand owns Baan Thai near Leavenworth's Riverfront Park. The restaurant is easily identifiable by the signature Thai architectural feature: an isosceles triangular roofline (called a galae) above the door. Guests pass large sculptures of Thai dancers greet on their way to the pagoda-style carved booths. Attentive servers (many of Thai descent) take time to explain authentic dishes -- available in a choice of meats or seafood and in degrees of spicy heat. We recommend medium spicy for the leafy, lime juice-dressed yam nua salad ($9.75) of grilled beef, tomato, cilantro and basil. Try the kicky green coconut curry all-veggie gang keaw waan. Pair spicier entrees with fluffy white jasmine rice (rice tempers to heat as does a Thai iced tea). You can't go wrong with the mild, tamarind-flavor pad thai, one of many $9.95 noodle dishes. For variety, share a big bowl of soup and multiple appetizers (10 on the menu) such as grilled chicken satay, $7, and veggie spring rolls, $5.25. Finish with mango-sweet rice dessert. Baan Thai is open for lunch and dinner (carry-out and American classics kids menu available).