Tasty noodles! Credit: CVI Crapcam

What: The Pad Thai

Where:Bangkok Noodles, 35911 Date Palm Drive, Cathedral City

How much: $9.95 to $11.25, depending on the protein; also available as a lunch special

Contact: 760-324-3533; www.bangkok-noodles.com

Why: Tasty Thai all around.

While nobody was paying attention, Cathedral City somehow became a hot spot for Thai food in the Coachella Valley.

OK, maybe “hot spot” is a bit of an overstatement; two great restaurants doth not a hotspot make. But the li’l town smooshed between Palm Springs and Rancho Mirage is the home of two of the valley’s better Thai joints, thanks to the fantastic Thai Kitchen 1, and Bangkok Noodles, the latter of which has been open for two-plus years now.

A group of us stopped in for lunch at Bangkok Noodles on a recent weekday—and everything we had was good, if not better. I ordered what was arguably the weakest dish, the hot basil with chicken; it was a little short on chicken, but it was tall on flavor thanks to the delicioussauce. Tommy’s Mongolian beef was a star thanks to the perfectly cooked sliced tenderloin. Robbie’s Thai orange chicken was some of the best I’ve had in town—the tender meat had a great citrusy flavor without being overly sweet.

However, the best dish on the table was Garrett’s pad Thai with shrimp. It had just the right amount of sauce, so the pad Thai was moist without being greasy. The narrow noodles were texturally pleasing. The dish was sweet, but with a lot of umami thrown in. The shrimp, sans tails, had been properly prepared.

Mmmm.

The food at this nice restaurant—tucked into a corner of a nondescript shopping center at a decidedly nondescript intersection—should not be missed. Head to that Thai-food hot spot (of sorts) called Cathedral City, and enjoy.

Jimmy Boegle

Jimmy Boegle is the founding editor and publisher of the Coachella Valley Independent. A native of Reno, Nevada, the Dodgers fan went to Stanford University intending to become a sportswriter—but fell...