The prodigious pink pachyderm parading down the pike in front of the Rancho Super Car Wash isn’t the only big beast in town.  Driving down Highway 111 a bit further to Bob Hope Drive, you’ll come to one of the best Asian restaurants in the Palm Springs Valley, Thai Smile of Rancho Mirage.  Its logo of an elegant elephant with a sweet and goofy grin welcomes you to a meal that’s sure to tickle those taste buds and have you returning with regularity.

While shopping ’round Rancho Mirage with my friend Felicia, we had a hankering for all things Thai.  Frankly, there’s no finer food of this persuasion anywhere around.  Celebrating its tenth anniversary at this location, the lunch-and-dinner eatery has been owned and operated for the past four years by executive chef Matthew Creighton and his wife, Irene.  A seamless transition kept the vast majority of the staff, many of whom have been there since the place opened.  Request delightful Dana.

The lunch specials are luscious, and include a choice of soup or salad as a starter; some come with a scrumptious spring roll.  I often opt for a full-size portion so that I can take home the leftovers.  That’s when I don’t dine there, too.  I’ve been known to show up at High Noon only to return at dusk.  “Please, sir, may I have some more?”

The Creightons’ Pad Thai is to die.  The curries (of many colors) and rice dishes are delish.  But being a land-locked seafood lover, I can’t get enough of their Four Star, served with scallops, squid, mussels, and shrimp.  And Spicy Scallops and Shrimp always bring tears of joy to my eyes.  (And writing this is making me hungry!)

If anyone needed even more motivation to make their way to Thai Smile, know that they were voted Best Thai Restaurant for the last four years in a row by readers of The Desert Sun.  Now, make haste, and tell daytime manager Scott or night general manager Supa that disciple Diana Dodge dispatched you!

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