Richard Ellman is all about saving you gas money. That’s why he opened the second location of his restaurant Pakpao Thai just north of Central Expressway at Walnut Hill. “There is a lot of residential density around here and it’s off a major highway,” he says. “We love our Design District location, but it’s more of a destination.” The menu, designed by celebrity chef Jet Tila, is pretty much the same at both sites. Appetizers include fresh spring rolls, steamed mussels and pork satay. For your main dish, order pineapple fried rice, salmon with green curry or crispy tamarind duck. The Chula Rita, a frozen drink made with lemongrass infused tequila, is also a big crowd pleaser. But perhaps some of the most interesting items at Pakpao aren’t on the menu, but the ceiling. Look up and you’ll see dozens of delicate, white kites. “Pakpao means kite [in Thai],” Ellman explains. “As far back as the 12th century in Thailand, kite flying has been part of the culture.” Bring on the wind.

Pakpao Thai
7859 Walnut Hill Lane Ste. 150


Price range:
$8-$32 for entrées

11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Mon. – Thurs.,
11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Fri. – Sat.,
11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Sun.

Did you know?
Owners Richard Ellman and his wife, Tiffanee also own the popular Dallas restaurants El Bolero and Oak.