If Florissant is not on your radar for outstanding Thai cuisine, Thai Kitchen (8458 N. Lindbergh Boulevard, Florissant; 314-695-5039) is about to change that.
Fans of owner Andie Ongartsutthikue's cooking — and there are quite a few — might recognize the restaurant's name; the not-quite two month-old spot is the second location of a popular O'Fallon eatery. For five years, Ongartsutthikue has been offering her family's recipes for delectable Thai dishes to the diners of St. Charles County. Last fall, she decided to expand, opening the Florissant outpost in a strip mall on North Highway 67 in late November.Ongartsutthikue's daughter, Nickie Hill, attributes her mom's loyal following to several factors. First, she uses the same recipes passed down several generations in their family — they are tried, true and as traditional as it gets in the middle of the Midwest. Second, Ongartsutthikue is no stranger to the restaurant business, having owned two restaurants in her native Thailand before immigrating to the U.S. twenty years ago. When she arrived stateside, she continued to work in the restaurant business before branching out on her own a little over five years ago.
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