Thailicious, a "beyond expectation" Thai restaurant opening in Edgewater in early December

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Lori Midson

"Can I see your ID?" asked Ramon Garcia. "What, you mean my driver's license?" I responded. "Yes, your driver's license. Someone was in here last week asking questions and wasting my time," he shot back. I flipped open my wallet, showed him my Colorado driver's license and then had to remove it from its see-through slot so that Garcia could eyeball my name and address in its entirety; neither my license photo nor my Westword business card was enough to convince this guy that I wasn't trying to sell him bibles, illegal drugs, vacuums or worse. Later, he wondered if I was planning to ask him for money. What an awkward (and weird) way to start a conversation about a restaurant -- a not-yet-open restaurant, the exterior of which is strewn with a huge banner announcing that "a beyond expectation, creative Thai eatery" is coming soon. The name? Thailicious.

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Garcia, who oversees the operations and human resources of Thailicious, didn't exactly warm up during our chat, although in his defense, prior to my arrival, he'd just met with the Orkin Pest Control man, which is probably enough to put anyone off a conversation.

In any case, the restaurant, which occupies the former Vina Pho & Grill space, is slated to open December 10 following a remodel from the Thailand-born chefs (Garcia wouldn't reveal their names), although he did divulge that they're a "romantic couple trained by popular Thai chefs" -- and that they have a background in fashion. "We're going to paint the inside, add some booths and some classy, eccentric touches that represent their fashion sense," says Garcia.

As for the menu, Garcia reveals that chiles, imported from Thailand, will set Thailicious apart from its competition. Those, and this: "At Thailicious, you'll get an extraordinary experience, which you've probably never had anywhere else." And, continues Garcia, "We're serving fresh ingredients and cooking from secret homemade recipes. It's Thai food that's delicious."

They're pursuing a liquor license, too, and if my first encounter with the place is any indication, my advice is to make sure and bring your driver's license. And a sense of humor.

Still, Garcia did send me a contrite e-mail following our brief meeting: "I apologize for my curt behavior. It was a lack of grace on my part," it said. Apology accepted.



Location Info

Thailicious

2045 Sheridan Blvd, Edgewater, CO

Category: Restaurant


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19 comments
47Aspens
47Aspens

Why Westword tried to get in when these people were  busy remodeling their place and no food to taste ?  Personally, I don't think these people have done anything wrong at all.  Good luck Thailicious.  I can't wait to try your food !

KeyboardWizard
KeyboardWizard

I can't imagine what the manager and owners are going through trying to ready a new business for opening day. Probably working harder than all the turds cruising around foodie internet  blogs ;) I giggled at this whole article, pretty much.

At any rate, I personally am wicked excited for this place. Thai-lovers are a brotherhood that need to stick together!

Carol Allen
Carol Allen

Thailicious is pretty exclusive. We have recipes you've probably never heard of!

BenJamin Awesum
BenJamin Awesum

Should have just gone around the corner to U.S. Thai and had a delicious meal.

weege0011
weege0011

Awesome,

have a raving lunatic run operations, and not divulging the owners except to say that they are a couple of fasionishtas is saying alot about the place.

Lets wait for this place to go down in a burnin flame of thai fire. 5 times hot of course.

monopod
monopod

Wow, blowing off someone from one of the biggest local food publications who's there specifically to learn about your new restaurant... wonder what exactly this Garcia guy thought he was doing?  And why the owners saw fit to put this guy in charge of media?    

Big_Sigh
Big_Sigh

If they don't suck and fail miserably they will have exceeded my expectations.

joey murdah
joey murdah

Sounds like it is going to be the casa bonita of thai food experiences. I doubt it will be all that extraordinary.

Snafunk
Snafunk

Down the street from the best Thai joint in the city (US Thai) so doubt it'll last long.

TheFabulousMarkT
TheFabulousMarkT topcommenter

"At Thailicious, you'll get an extraordinary experience, which you've probably never had anywhere else."

Yep, "extraordinary" is certainly one way of putting it.

Wow. Just... wow! And they haven't even opened yet.

Manfrenjensen
Manfrenjensen

The more Thai restaurants on the west side, the better... Now, if you could just explain to me how the Tamale Kitchen next door manages to stay open -- I've never seen more than one person in there.

Jon_S
Jon_S

@monopod  C'mon, everyone knows that a brusque, paranoid asshole is always the best choice to run the operations and human resources of any restaurant. I'm sure this place will surely overcome the cursed space and competition of a superior Thai restaurant around the corner under Garcia's leadership.

ManuelPeligro
ManuelPeligro

@Snafunk good call on US Thai. That place is the real deal and no effing around. Quality ingredients that are fresh, expertly prepared, and served hot with no attitude. I love that place!

monopod
monopod

@Jon_S Maybe they're trying out the "Soup Nazi" approach.  If they're big enough dicks, everyone will assume the food must be amazing.

herron.kennedy
herron.kennedy

@ManuelPeligro @Snafunk So far I like Thailicious better than US Thai Cafe... I live in Edgewater and have allergies and US Thai Cafe never makes my dish the same way twice... It can be very hit or miss in my opinion. Thailicious has been spot on the couple times I have been so far.  I would definitely recommend checking them out.

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