LeeLa’s: Not to be Confused With a Sketchy Chinese Buffet
Published: Friday, December 6, 2013
Updated: Friday, December 6, 2013 00:12
Adventures were at an all time high this week. Not only was a new restaurant explored, but a new foreign restaurant that served no American food what so ever.
I swear not a single burger, ham sandwich, or even a French fry was found anywhere near the establishment. Scout’s honor. What unpatriotic restaurant was this you may ask? Or not ask at all but I will ask for you…
The answer is LeeLa’s, a wonderful and quaint Thai restaurant located south on 25th street in the same strip mall as Caribou Coffee, and yes I will use Caribou as a landmark because I love Caribou.
As you may have figured out, LeeLa’s does not serve American food because it is a Thai restaurant, owned and operated by people from Thailand. I will admit, I do not know much about Thai food.
Most Asian food that I eat is either in Chinese buffets or in random Chinese restaurants that I know for sure serves orange chicken. In my mind Thai food is very similar to this, and I may also be uneducated. The only other thing I have learned is that Thai food is supposed to be spicier.
Either way, LeeLa’s food was amazing. I had peanut chicken which had this delicious sauce that was spicy but not “I’m gonna die” spicy. The chicken and vegetables were unbelievably fresh. Like they must have a garden in their kitchen, fresh.
The lunch meal was also served alongside a heaping pile of rice as well as a small egg roll. The egg roll was good with a side of flavorful sauce, but as far as the rice goes, I think comic Mitch Hedberg said it best with, “Rice is good if you are really hungry and want two thousand of something.”
This being said, I have a strong indifference to rice, but the meal was definitely filling and worth the money spent. As the cherry on top, this restaurant is also great for vegetarians and vegans with most menu items available in one of those two forms, or else I would say most of their menu items are a relatively healthy option for meat eaters as well.
For being inside a strip mall, the exterior of LeeLa’s was uniquely decorated to look like an Asian bistro. The outside of the strip mall = ugly, LeeLa’s located inside of strip mall = pretty. The inside was also very nicely decorated, especially when I still compare it to sketchy Chinese buffets in my head.
The waitress working while I was there was also very pleasant, yet quiet which may be due to not speaking a lot of English. The kitchen staff was also nice enough to let us eat even though the restaurant was closing in fifteen minutes.
As a side note, be warned that LeeLa’s is closed between like 3 and 5, so that would not be a good time to choose to go there… obviously.
Overall, LeeLa’s was a wonderful new experience in the adventures of foreign food in Fargo. The food was authentic, fresh and filling, and lets you add a bit of culture to your life.
Also, remember to stop by Caribou afterwards for an after dinner coffee. It’s good for you.