Goodbye, Royal Thai

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If you’ve been reading the blog for a while, you probably know that my favorite restaurant in the whole world is Royal Thai.


Slow mo run with open arms:



The Husband feels the same way.  How can you NOT love Royal Thai?  The food is superb, the service is excellent, and the atmosphere is authentic.  Can’t beat it!


In our quest to visit all of our favorite Orlando restaurants once more before leaving, we had dinner at the very best place in the city and ordered all of our favorite dishes.


We split the spring roll appetizer:


And drank Singha beer out of frosty mugs (another reason we worship Royal Thai):


To make the most of our meal out, we split two of our favorite entrees.  I got the tofu pa-naag, a creamy coconut curry and ate about half of what’s shown.  Plus a sticky pile of white rice!


Plus, some of the Husband’s tofu Pad Thai.


Thank you for three wonderful years of excellent food, Royal Thai!  We will miss the restaurant and the sweet, sweet waitresses that recognized us EVERYTIME.  If you ever come to Orlando and want to get out of the tourist trap area, I HIGHLY recommend this awesome restaurant.

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When we came home from dinner, we took the dogs on a 0.75-mile stroll


In other news…


Afternoon snackage was Pomegranate Chobani + raw oatmeal:


And we’re currently curled up on our mattress… which is still in the living room… and has replaced our couch since I sold it this afternoon on Craigslist.  Wahoo!


Our apartment looks BARE!


Good night, my friends!



  • Kaz June 24, 2010, 9:28 pm

    It’s so hard to find an excellent restaurant, but I’m sure the hunt for a comparable one will be fun. 😀

    Your dinner looks, of course, delish!

  • Dorry June 24, 2010, 9:32 pm

    I love this post – my last night in NYC with Billy, we’d sold the bed and the couch and we slept on the floor with all of our pillows and blankets. We walked to our favorite Vietnamese place for spring rolls and pho. Gotta make the most of those moments!

  • Anna June 24, 2010, 9:39 pm

    I rocked that mattress-on-the-floor look allll of last semester. Never got around to buying a bed frame. Haha.

    Glad you got your last Thai kicks! I love Thai.

  • Sue June 24, 2010, 9:39 pm

    Food looks so good! I love Thai food. I’ll keep this place in mind the next time I go to Orlando! Anyway it’s been a while since I’ve been to your blog, and I wish you all the best in moving and the book! Must be an exciting and crazy time for you. 🙂

    • Caitlin June 24, 2010, 9:51 pm

      Thanks for stopping by!

  • Emily June 24, 2010, 9:48 pm

    aw, bittersweet times! I haven’t eaten ethiopian or vietnamese food since leaving my favorite DC restaurants behind two years ago! you’ll find lots of new favorites though 🙂

  • THe Rabbit Runner June 24, 2010, 9:52 pm

    ahah oh my gosh Caitlin you and your husband are just too funny! You’re expressions are cracking me up.

    hopefully you’ll find another great place when you move that is within walking distance 😀

  • Kelly June 24, 2010, 9:54 pm

    Oh boy, I’m getting sad for you that you are saying goodbye to all your favorite Orlando restaurants, you’ll definitely have to go back and visit for all the restaurants haha

  • Jessica June 24, 2010, 9:55 pm

    YUM! It’s so hard to find a restaurant that you absolutely completely LOVE.. I’d hate to leave it too! I still find it SO bizarre that you and Kath are moving at the same time… and you’re moving to Charlotte!

  • Kate June 24, 2010, 9:59 pm

    SO funny- when my husband and I eat Thai, we almost always share vege spring rolls, tofu or chicken panang, and tofu or chicken pad thai.. we’ve done so ever since we went to Thailand and lived on cheap Thai food. Yum!

  • Erin June 24, 2010, 10:10 pm

    It can be hard to track down GOOD Thai food — I am a total Thai snob since I traveled to Thailand last year — but hopefully you’ll find something awesome near your new place.

  • Wei-Wei June 24, 2010, 10:13 pm

    This definitely looks like a great restaurant! I’ll be sure to check it out if I EVER go to Orlando… unlikely since I’ve already been once, but I can always hope! Your meal looks absolutely delicious (and you and the Husband are so cute! :D)


  • Emily Eats and Exercises June 24, 2010, 10:23 pm

    I love the idea of visiting all your favorite spots before you move. That tofu dish looks great.

  • Amy @ Amy Starts To Run June 24, 2010, 10:24 pm

    I absolutely love panang! I could probably bath in it, nope, I could definitely bath in it.

  • Tonyne @ The Unlikely Success Story June 24, 2010, 10:27 pm

    Yum! I know you’ll miss it so. There is a Turkish place (I think it’s turkish, it’s middle eastern really) in Clearwater that I feel very similar about. I miss it constantly!

  • Lauren (Clean Eats in the Dirty South) June 24, 2010, 10:28 pm

    that’s sad about leaving an old favorite… but you can always make new ones!! don’t you even worry about not finding another epic thai place here! my uncle is asian and he knows all the legit thai/vietnamese/sushi places in CLT!! 😀 i got your back haha

    • Caitlin June 24, 2010, 10:30 pm

      whenever someone abbreviates it CLT, i think of a nasty female body part. you???

      • Lauren (Clean Eats in the Dirty South) June 24, 2010, 10:43 pm

        hahahaha i never did before….but now i do. thanks for that 😉

      • Cindi June 25, 2010, 12:48 pm

        I ALWAYS do too!!! Haha!

        Try Thai Taste next to Paper Skyscraper when u get to Clt (hehe) – it’s delish!!!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) June 24, 2010, 10:39 pm

    I’m sure you will visit it if you visit your lovely Orlando girls.

    Hunni and I have an invitation to stay with friends in Orlando anytime we want so we will definitely be trying the places you and Meghann recommend because I don’t like tourist traps.

  • Carolina John June 24, 2010, 10:40 pm

    Good luck with the move girl. it sucks now but once you get settled into the new place in charlotte you will love the restaurants there.

  • Amy June 24, 2010, 10:55 pm

    OMG I love Singha beer too! Good luck with your move and life in a new city!

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople June 24, 2010, 11:12 pm

    My husband and I used to eat out at this one Mexican restaurant so much they even learned our order and we’d always have our food in about five minutes! Sooo not healthy and we don’t do it anymore, but still fun!

  • adrienmelaine June 24, 2010, 11:19 pm

    I love this post- and you running to Royal Thai! So good!

  • Katie @ peacbeme June 24, 2010, 11:19 pm

    The Thai food looks so awesome. Thai food is one of the few foods I get excited about. 🙂 I am meeting my boyfriend in Thailand in October when he gets leave from his deployment in Afghanistan, I can’t wait!

  • Katie @ peacbeme June 24, 2010, 11:20 pm

    PS – I hope your back in feeling better!

  • Run Sarah June 24, 2010, 11:27 pm

    I love Thai food, SO good! I hope you find an equally good Thai place near your new home.

  • Allie June 24, 2010, 11:31 pm

    The pictures of you and your hubs in front of the restaurant were hysterical. What a good idea to visit all your favorite restaurants before you move!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) June 24, 2010, 11:42 pm

    so sad you have to leave the favorite restaurant! BUT you get to find a great new one now 🙂 speaking of, i could really go for some pad thai right about now…

  • Bernadette June 24, 2010, 11:57 pm

    I was thinking of you today when I was TOASTING my oats for my oatmeal…
    I wondered if you had ever tried it that way?? I just toss them into a dry fry pan and stir every so often…they crisp up nicely and make a nice crunchy topping, try it, you’ll like it.

    • caitlin June 25, 2010, 9:07 am

      that sounds so good! i will have to try that when we get to charlotte!

  • Morgan @ Life After Bagels June 25, 2010, 12:15 am

    I’m feeling nostalgic and I’m not moving nor have I even been to Royal Thai hahaha

  • Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) June 25, 2010, 12:46 am

    That moving scene looks so familiar to me. Probably because we have moved several times in the past few years!

    Visiting your favorite restaurants before you move is always such a good idea! Royal Thai looks amazing. Glad you had one last hooray there. 🙂


  • Erin @ A Girl & Her Mutt June 25, 2010, 1:04 am

    It is so hard to find a great thai place. I will shed a little tear for you as you leave! Any place with a frosty mug available is a-ok in my book.

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs June 25, 2010, 3:45 am

    Haha I love those pictures of you guys outside the restaurant!! Too cute 🙂

  • Julia @ Brit Bride June 25, 2010, 5:17 am

    Ha ha ha your photos really made me laugh!!

    I am SO impressed with you for selling all your furniture. Amazing!


  • Lauren June 25, 2010, 6:55 am

    Awww, so sad saying good bye to a great restaurant, but hopefully there will be even more fantastic places to try in your new location.

  • Jen June 25, 2010, 8:22 am

    I’m glad you got in one last good meal 🙂

    It’s so true though, what we miss most about past cities we’ve lived in is the food! We’ve considered purposely booking flights that have a layover in Atlanta just so we can hit up our favorite restaurant!

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) June 25, 2010, 8:42 am

    Haha…love the pics! It’s always so sad saying goodbye to a favorite restaurant, but I’ll bet you’ll find an awesome new place where you guys are moving to. Who knows what new adventures you’ll run into? 😀

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin June 25, 2010, 8:48 am

    That must be so sad to leave your favourite restaurant! My favourite place is like a second home to me. 😛

  • allison @ livingoneday June 25, 2010, 8:54 am

    thai food is BY FAR my favorite cuisine. i hope you find one you like near you in charlotte!!!

  • Jessica June 25, 2010, 10:00 am

    Too funny!! This is my best friend’s parents’ restaurant! She is the first girl pictured here:

    I love her family’s food! I wish I was in Orlando more often to enjoy it!

  • Aubrey S. June 25, 2010, 4:42 pm

    If you ever decide to visit Columbia again, you need to visit Mai Thai for food. It’s one of our absolute fave restaurants.

  • Jolene ( June 25, 2010, 6:44 pm

    That Thai food looks so good – my tummy is grumbling!

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