A few of weeks ago I visited CrushCraft Thai Street Eats in Uptown. This place replaced the Baker Bros. sandwich place where the workers at The Quadrangle (including myself, I must admit) had been forced to eat when time was of the essence. Luckily, CrushCraft is a far, far better option. Like, I’d rather eat pretty much anywhere else than Baker Bros.
I would call the food modern Thai because it’s not the stuff you get at a local Thai place. On the Dallas Thai Scale (which I have just made up this very minute), CrushCraft would be smack dab in the middle between Pakpao on one end and Bangkok City on the other. Nothing crazy or super expensive, but not too traditional or cheap either. The dishes are pretty to look at and just different enough to be very interesting. Plus, there’s plenty to try on multiple visits. It almost makes me wish I still worked right over there. Almost.
The restaurant has gone above and beyond with the décor, too. I adored the colorful streamers that rise high into the rafters. It’s seriously hard to believe the place was a Baker Bros! And the food isn’t shy either; it’s got spice and the flavors are familiar yet they twist a bit from what you’re used to, if you’re used to Thai food at all. If you’re not, I’d suggest starting with a mild and popular pad Thai, before heading toward something like the spicy but tasty Panang beef I tried on my first visit. I will say the dressing on the papaya salad took too big of a swig of fish sauce (which I’ve since heard has improved), but otherwise everyone I dined with enjoyed their plates thoroughly. Watch out for the Thai tea, which is the color of radioactive orange Kool-Aid and tastes, somehow, even sweeter. Not a fan. But I will absolutely be back to CrushCraft, to try more of their delicious Thai dishes and enjoy the way the place has changed for the better.
Foodbitch is an expert eater and published food writer who lives in Dallas, Texas with her exceptionally well-fed twin daughters, husband and their dogs. She’ll tell you what to eat and you’ll like it.