Thai Tina's

Thai Tina's doesn’t look like much from the outside but it’s a new favorite of mine; I’ve been twice in the last few weeks. While I pride myself on an appetite for trying new things, I will probably have to talk at least one person in my party into ordering the Thai peanut sauce sauté with tofu every time I go; it’s heavy on the ginger with lots of fresh broccoli and it’s absolutely delicious.

Okay, reset. I began this blurb a few months ago and never finished. Good thing, because Thai Tina's has since moved from its funky Henderson Street location to its new digs at the Embassy Suites Hotel in downtown Fort Worth, and now this diamond in the rough is a veritable jewel. While you won’t feel quite as adventurous going to the new location as the old one, you will feel much more relaxed. Part of that is because with its Sundance Square location, you won’t have to drive anywhere to make it to a movie or to Bass Hall after dinner. But the main reason it’s so relaxing is the serene new setting: A chic interior features elegantly minimalist, Asian-inspired décor. It's soothing to the eye, but also comfy; the booths are padded with silk-covered bolster pillows. The new Thai Tina's has the same menu and the same staff, only better. Why better? Well, the manager confided in me that the entire staff is so happy there that he thinks it makes the food taste even better, and I have to agree with him. We went on a Friday evening and enjoyed not only the the peanut sauce sauté with fresh vegetables and tofu, naturally, but also some ambient low-key entertainment provided by a musician playing a cool African stringed instrument that to my untrained ear sounded kind of sitar-like. Thai Tina’s is very vegetarian-friendly, with tofu-instead-of-meat options on more than a dozen entrees; vegans note that Thai food, enriched with coconut milk instead of dairy, presents more options than most. Check out the fresh spring roll starter made with tofu instead of chicken.