I have to totally disagree with the 1st review! My only complaint would be the long lines to get into the place! You want to make sure you call ahead and get your name on the List before going b/c the line can be over a 2 hour wait. Once you're in though you'll have a blast! They have a VIP area that is really nice with waitresses and then you're also not jammed up against everyone. And the Bull can get very crowded too. What it comes down to though is unless your in the VIP area you should always tip your bartender. That's even in LKN if you're not tipping most likely they won't be serving, then again that's most all bars. That's how they make their money though as a Server! So Tip them well people and you'll be served well! Anyhow the music is really good and the atmosphere is Great too! For the most part anything goes there! They'll play all types of music along with great dancing stuff! You'd think its a tourist trap being owned by Jr but its not! And if you go on a Tuesday or Thursday there's even a chance you may see him. Also they have very hot beer tub girls if you don't want to wait at the bars! It can get very crazy but then again isn't that why you went out! At least try it out, I don't think you'll be disappointed! Just remember to call ahead!
My wife and I stopped in for lunch, and although we waited 30 minutes to be seated, it was well worth it!!! We started off with the fried green tomatoes appetizer at the recommendation of our server Elizabeth, and she was right, light, crisp batter on thinly sliced tomatoes. Delicious!!! We opted for the shrimp po' boys, again recommended by Elizabeth, and again a great item. The hoagie roll was soft on the inside with a thin crust. The shrimp were jumbo sized and were fried and the batter was again very light and crisp. The garlic mayo, greens and diced tomatoes were the perfect accent. For sides I opted for the home made chips with ranch dressing. The dressing was ver good, but the chips were not as crisp as I would have. My wife had the pasta salad side and it was extremely good and I wish I had selected that versus the chips. We took our desserts to go and my chocolate pie was superb, although I felt the portion did not justify the price. My wife's berry cobbler was wonderful and the portion was definately worth the money!!! My only real complaint was the big screen tuned to ESPN, it really was a distraction amd did not fit the atmosphere. Five stars for the food and service!!!
I've been eating here for years, so some of the negative reviews really surprise. I have always found the staff at Thai Orchid to be more than gracious and attentive. They are always happy to greet you with a smile. As far as the food goes, I believe most of the dishes to be at least average or above. I definitely favor some dishes over others, but I can say that about most restaurants. I have a rotation of 4 Thai restaurants I go to depending on what I’m in the mood to eat, as some do certain dishes better than others. The dishes I order at Thai Orchid are definitely above average. I have eaten at most of the Thai restaurants in Charlotte, and I eat a lot of Thai food when I travel, so I think I have a pretty good understanding of the cuisine. I would not hesitate to recommend Thai Orchid. You can absolutely get a tasty Thai meal in a friendly neighborhood-like atmosphere.