The popularity of Thai food is evident in the valley, with Thai restaurants seemingly popping up in every neighborhood. And why not give the people what they want? Which is why the owners of the full-service restaurant Thai Chili in Gilbert decided to open up Thai Chili 2 Go, a more fast-casual concept for diners on the go.
I sat down with co-owner Akshat Sethi and regional manager Ray Guillen to learn about how their quick service restaurant came about. After several years of business, they noticed in their full-service restaurant, Thai Chili on Val Vista Drive and Baseline Road in Gilbert, that some menu items were more often ordered than others on their lengthy 72-item menu. They narrowed down the customer favorites and created Thai Chili 2 Go’s 20-item menu. On this menu you’ll find many popular Thai dishes from Pad Thai to Mussamun curry to the undeniable Thai coconut soup Tom Kha Gai.
The Thai Chili 2 Go team takes pride in using high quality ingredients, including many imported from Thailand and cooking with only rice oil. The menu is almost entirely gluten-free except for a select few so make sure to ask if you have a gluten intolerance, as certain options can be altered to be gluten-free. The following are several items I had the opportunity to try from their menu:
Walking into the Southeast Mesa location, there is a beautiful photograph of praying Buddhist monks that covers the wall from floor to ceiling and a comfy bench for customers waiting for to-go orders. With no item over $10 and decent sized portions, Thai Chili 2 Go offers good value with good flavor. The first location in Mesa opened last January 2015 and after the success of their second location having opened in May 2015, Thai Chili 2 Go is expanding to the Chandler area. The third restaurant will be located on Alma School Road and Queen Creek Road with a projected opening of late June 2016. So if you are looking for popular Thai food with quick service and a clean atmosphere, stop by a Thai Chili 2 Go near you for lunch or dinner! Can’t make it in? All locations offer online ordering and free delivery within a 5-mile radius after 4 P.M.
Check out their website for more information and online ordering: http://www.tc2go.com