Elle's son lives in Thailand, so she is very familiar with the tiny neighborhood restaurants lining the streets of Phuket, serving fresh food made to order, with that homemade feel, for a very few baht.
Thai Pepper has that vibe. Located in one of the many strip malls lining Beach Boulevard, this unpretentious little restaurant advertises itself as a fast food take-out place with everything made to order. But because everything is made to order, it can't be fast but it can be and is good.
While the restaurant does a thriving take-out business, you can also eat on the premises accompanied by the rhythmic chopping of cleavers and clacking of pots and pans. The décor, to put it mildly, is unprepossessing, but the food and the price make it worth a visit.
This Thai restaurant also features a lot of Chinese dishes, but we came for the highly recommended Thai food.