Tucked away in the corner of a very unprepossessing mini-mall is a tiny box of a restaurant called Thai Gulf Restaurant with a perpetual line out the door. At first, we couldn't tell if people were waiting for a washing machine at the laundromat next door or a table at the restaurant. It turns out everyone was waiting for the chance to eat dinner, and the word is it's like this all the time. However, they do take reservations and honor them.
The vibe here is buzzy and young. We were the oldest people there all evening, by a few decades. This may be partially explained by the inexpensive prices, in particular the complete dinners from $8.95 to $10.95 that include soup, egg roll, fried wonton salad, rice, a choice from a good number of entrées and a dessert.
Brightly colored walls and mismatched short curtains at eye level to block the view of the parking lot, along with a tiki bar cash register stand, provide the décor. Many of the tables have fresh flowers, and all have an authentic condiment tray with hot sauces, pickled jalapenos, chili powder and soy. Although there is no alcohol, we sipped a lovely green tea poured from an especially attractive teapot into pretty little cups.