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New location of the neighborhood favorite that lives up to its name, which stands for "Thai Authentic Cuisine."

Our Review

TAC Quick is one of the easier places in town to get traditional fare the way it's eaten in Thailand. Aside from the regular menu, there's a clearly translated Thai menu available by request featuring almost 40 items you're not likely to encounter elsewhere without a working knowledge of the language—like a salad of shrimp, cashews, and fish maw, sort of a fishy pork rind that soaks up the flavor of the sauce like a crouton. Some dishes are surprisingly rich and luscious for Thai cuisine, like minced chicken sweetened with thick soy sauce, garnished with crispy fried basil leaves, and served over quartered preserved duck eggs. TAC, which stands for Thai Authentic Cuisine, doesn't do breakfast, but they do serve an omelet topped with pieces of chicken breast and doused with green curry that I'd love to wake up to. There are some excellent things on the specials board too, including a tender grilled pork neck that approaches the narcotic succulence of the best barbecue or a wild-boar curry with green Thai eggplant. It would take a good week of dedicated eating to work through all the interesting things on the menu. For the timid, decently done Ameri-Thai standards are also available.

Mike Sula

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