If you're planning on dining in, you can feel perfectly safe going for any of their many "special" selections; Roast Duck with Chinese Buns and Crispy Chicken with Ginger Sauce are a sure way to seduce the frostiest date. However, for crashing on the couch at home with an episode of Smallville, I suggest going for the rich and hearties; starting with an order of salad rolls. Thick and tight, these pretties transport well, the ingredients are of the freshest variety, and the sauce is a delight. One order makes a delicious small meal, for those on a tight budget.
And though their Vietnamese items are stronger than the Thai side of the menu, don't miss out on the Pad Thai Noodles. Weighty without being overbearing, this peanutty Pad ranks up with Portland's best. A charbroiled pork bun is also a great take-home treat, thanks to fresh noodles, and perfectly prepared piggy. Regardless of what you choose, Pho Thanh Thao transports nicely; whether it's going to the table or the couch. WSH