I often get cravings for pineapple fried rice with chicken, but the closest Thai restaurant to my home doesn’t offer it. So I find myself waiting until I have an excuse to visit certain neighborhoods. Recently, while in the Druid Hills- Lavista area I had the opportunity to visit a Thai restaurant hidden the Toco Hills shopping plaza.
I was at the Starbucks doing some work and did an “Around Me” search for restaurants. Top Spice was a mere 500 yards away. I checked my UrbanSpoon App for ratings. BINGO. My friend and I made the less than five minute drive. Immediately I was impressed with the atmosphere, aromatic scents and sanitation rating (99).
Seated promptly, we ordered appetizers. I started with mini samosas and my friend started with the spicy seafood soup. She doesn’t eat any form of squid so I had the luxury of tasting the soup when I scooped out the huge rings. It was so good! My samosas were perfect to pop into your mouth after dipping them into the spicy coconut sauce. We both ordered watermelon martinis, which were as refreshing as having an actual slice on a summer day.
For an entrée, I decided to go with the chicken lettuce wraps appetizer. My friend had never heard of these before and of course she was very confused when she saw me wrap what she described as “chickpea looking stuff” in a piece of lettuce. I convinced her that I was eating ground chicken so she tried a bit and of course she asked why I didn’t tell her to order that instead.
But she was content with her pad-see-u with shrimp. It was her first time ordering this. I described it as a salty sweet spice. When it arrived she was happy. I tasted it to let her know whether or not it was comparable with my other favorite Thai restaurants: it was. Actually, I may have been better. I kinda wished I had ordered her meal too.
With three locations, a full bar, extensive menu of Thai favorites, friendly staff and upscale atmosphere– Top Spice may be one of my go-to restaurants. And yes they do have pineapple fried rice.