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Restaurant Profile: Angel's Thai Café

A new taste of Thai downtown.
A new taste of Thai downtown.
Angel's Thai Cafe, Grand Rapids, MI

An intervention may be called for.

As a chile-head, I have a deep unremitting love for spicy food, therefore I was overjoyed when news came that a new Thai restaurant would be opening here. Located at 136 Monroe center, Angel’s Thai café offers up a delicious selection of Thai and Thai-Fusion dishes that maintain authenticity while still staying on the cutting edge. It’s a breath of fresh air to the downtown dining experience.

Thai cuisine gives tasters a complex and complimentary mix of salty, sweet, sour, spicy, and (like the often overlooked but widely used letter “Y” in the vowel line up) sometimes bitter. It’s this culinary alchemy that offers Thai food lovers a multi-dimensional flavor profile no matter what dish is ordered. This is also the case at Angel’s Thai Café.

I’ve already been here several times and honestly I’m just getting warmed up.

An intervention may be called for.

No worries: every dish on the menu is spiced to the customer’s preference from none at all to extra hot.

There is a wide variety of items to choose from. For appetizers the shrimp rolls are amazing, whole plump shrimp are wrapped in green onion, cilantro, ginger, glass noodles, black pepper, and oyster sauce. Equally delicious are the crispy rolls, they offer similar ingredients as the shrimp rolls, but also contain Spanish onion, carrots, and in lieu of shrimp have minced seasoned chicken, wrapped in rice paper. A vegetarian selection is also available.

Some of the several soups include: Thailand’s famous Tom Yum, as well as a rice noodle soup, and an egg drop soup that is flavored with cilantro, green onion, and a special house broth.

I have yet to be disappointed with any entrée I have had. Each one can be ordered with a choice of chicken, pork, seafood, beef, tofu, or just vegetables. There is an eclectic mix of stir-fry’s (for carry out they offer a “make your own” option), curries, noodle bowls, and signature house dishes to tempt everyone’s taste buds. From the well known Pad Thai to the original Angel’s special curry duck, the list is gloriously endless and will keep customers coming back for more. The prices are reasonable and the portion sizes hefty (There will be leftovers).

There is also a diverse collection of beverages available to compliment the meal. Mango, coconut (which I am now completely addicted to), and guava juice as well as soybean milk are offered in addition to the usual soft drinks.

The staff is very welcoming and friendly, they are more than happy to answer questions and offer suggestions to suit the individual palate.

If you already love Thai food, or just want to try something different. Angel’s Thai Café is the “new kid on the block” not to be missed.

For more information visit the or call 616-454-9801



  • Sherry 5 years ago

    I will have to try Angel's -- I love Thai food. The Thai House is my favorite Thai restaurant in Grand Rapids.

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    Anetra Clark 4 years ago

    I'm a huge fan of Thai food too. I'm going to put The Thai House on my list of places to try. If you go, let me know what you think of Angel's.

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