Lindsay and I had a weekly ritual at Song Phi Nong for quite a while: pork Pad Thai, a bowl of beef noodle soup, and two glasses of Thai tea. Our routine changed when they started Wingo, the Wednesday night wine tasting, dinner, and bingo in Song Phi Nong’s bar. The wine was good, the food was delicious, but the menu quickly grew old as it consisted of only three dishes. Still, we loved going every week.
It was bittersweet when Wingo ended a few weeks ago. There’s no place around (at least not that I know of) where you can get five generous samples of wine and an overflowing plate of Thai food for fifteen bucks. On the other hand, we could finally explore the rest of the menu. Last week, we did just that with our friend Jarvis.
Lindsay had the yellow curry, a dish we had tried only once before. She says it smells and tastes like Christmas, and I think she’s right. Something about the sweet spice reminds us of the holiday, and I’m sure the heat is more than welcome on a Winter’s day.
I went with the Phet Grub, slices of duck breast perched atop a nest of thin noodles and sitting in a bowl of extremely flavorful brown sauce. The duck was perfect with thin layers of fat and crispy, flavorful skin. I really enjoyed the presentation as well, the duck slices layered so perfectly just above the delicious sauce.
After dinner, we walked across the restaurant to the bar where we frequented Wingo. It’s finally up and running as Which Craft?, the much anticipated craft beer store and bar. It’s a few weeks from being able to sell beer to go, but Which Craft? still offers a wide variety of unique brews that you can drink there in the bar.
We had the Samuel Smith offerings. Lindsay and I have been fans of the Oatmeal Stout since her dad Loyal introduced us to it at his annual bayou-side beer tasting. Most people are surprised to find it’s very sweet and flavorful when they see how dark it is.
The Samuel Smith Organic Strawberry and Taddy Porter were new for us. The Strawberry tasted like pure strawberry juice with a bit of carbonation; dangerously delicious. The Taddy Porter was good as well, tasting like slightly bitter toffee.
One of the co-owners of Which Craft? let us sample some Shiner Ruby Redbird he had just tapped. It’s a summer beer with grapefruit and ginger. It was light and smooth with only the slightest bittersweet hint of grapefruit.
We should have followed Jarvis’ suggestion before dinner and had our meal in the bar so we could enjoy the beers along with our food, but we’ll definitely be doing that from now on. I’m excited to explore more of Song Phi Nong’s menu and Which Crafts?’ selections, especially if the rest is as good as we had this past trip.
Song Phi Nong 279 Enterprise Dr #A Houma, LA 70360 | (985) 872-9010