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The restaurant Simply Tasty Thai is a step into the Thai culture, from the glass case full of statues to the the art decorating the wall, from the center pieces on the table to the place mats for the food.

The Thai culture is most evident in the food at Simple Tasty Thai. One of the more popular appetizers is the crab rangoon, which is a hot and crispy wanton filled with cream cheese and crab meat mixed with a curry seasoning. They are served with sweet, tangy sauce that can be drizzled on top for extra flavor. Reviewer for The Florida Times-Union J.F. Mix describes the crab rangoons and other appetizers as “deep-fried packages of deliciousness.”

“The Crab Rangoon tastes more of peanut sauce than crab but is also very tasty,” Mix said in a 2012 Times-Union article.

A family owned business established in 2009, Simply Tasty Thai started as a hobby and is now a highly reviewed restaurant for Thai and Filipino food.

“We have been coming here for two years and have never been disappointed,” said Phillipos Kaisharis, customer.

Simply Tasty Thai is located in Mayport in the Pan Am plaza in front of the Navy Exchange. Nancy is the owner and chef who has more than 20 years of experience in traditional Thai food.

They are also well known for their Pad Kra Prow, which is a stir fry with onions, green beans, bell peppers, carrots and holy basil leaves in a brown sauce with a choice of meat over rice and a sunny side egg on the side. They allow customers to pick how spicy they want their meal to be from a Spicy One to a Thai Hot Five. All of the food is made with fresh ingredients and is freshly made to order. They offer vegetarian and Filipino dishes as well.

Simply Tasty Thai is located at 2292 Mayport Rd #8, Atlantic Beach, FL 32233 and is opened from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 12 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Saturdays and is closed on Sundays.

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