I just got back from dinner at my favorite Thai restaurant, Opal Thai in Haleiwa. Now, I can finally call it a restaurant since their evolution from a farmers market stand about 10 years ago, to a lunch wagon in Haleiwa, is now complete in a modest restaurant in the center of town. I love Thai food, everywhere I go I seem to end up eating Thai. And I must say that Opal Thai (named after the chef and owner) is one of my all time favorites. Opal and his wife run the place, and you may see their young son hanging out too. It’s family style, friendly, and really good.
The photo is of Opal’s lunch wagon, I didn’t have a shot of the restaurant yet since I forget my camera every time I go. But the new place is small yet not tiny, simple, and in a small shopping center. Open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Opal Thai serves up amazing Thai dishes with shrimp, chicken and tofu. Vegetarians will have plenty of options here, which I know is always nice for those who don’t eat meat. And the fried tofu is a must try, even for those that don’t love tofu.
The great thing about Opal is that he is always happy to offer input on what to order. This is very helpful for those who aren’t familiar with Thai food, but even for people who eat it a lot, he can let you know what he thinks is the best, or what he thinks you may like. Since the eatery is rather small, you may, or may not, get a wait outside. But maybe you won’t, it’s hit or miss, and the line never appears to be ridiculously long. They also offer take out, a sweet treat if you want to take back to you hotel, or to enjoy the sunset at nearby Ali`i Beach Park, which isn’t a bad idea.