Padres season dining pick: Lotus Thai

Hit a home run without running the bases at Lotus Thai

Lotus Thai
Lotus Thai

Padres fans certainly face no shortage of places to tailgate before a big game in the Historic Gaslamp District. Whether warming up before the game – or celebrating after a big win – the options of where to engage in some spirited festivities are endless.

For the downtown diner looking for a more refined experience, channel some inner chi during happy hour at Lotus Thai Restaurant and Wine Bar. Visitors to Lotus Thai can escape the usual sports pandemonium and instead experience the serenity of indoor waterfalls and Buddha statues while relaxing over an authentic Thai meal complete with wine and spirits.

From noon to 3 p.m., visitors to either of Lotus Thai’s convenient locations can tickle their taste buds and achieve absolute Nirvana while feasting on chicken satay, shrimp tempura, fish tiki or any of the other fabulous foods featured during happy hour. Even diners’ wallets can relax at Lotus Thai thanks to $5 appetizers that include steamed mini bun and fried crispy spring roll. Vegetarian options include steamed vegetable dumplings and the garlic and pepper edamame.

Drink specials include $3 draft beer, $5 Han Soju cocktails and wine by-the-bottle for $30.

Lotus Thai owner Ton Sangkapong opened the Downtown San Diego location when he moved here in 1999. The second Lotus Thai location in Hillcrest opened in 2004 due to the success of the downtown location.

Lotus Thai has earned the Best Thai food award from San Diego Magazine in 2009, 2011 and 2012, as well as being featured in Downtown News’ Best Thai cuisine listing for 2014. It was dubbed the best downtown happy hour by KNSD-TV (Channel 7) in 2010 and regularly receives glowing reviews from food critics.

Come see what all the fuss is about and hit a home run at happy hour without ever having to swing a bat.

Lotus Thai Restaurant and Wine Bar, (619) 299-8272 (Hillcrest); (619) 595-0115 (downtown). 3761 Sixth Ave. in Hillcrest or 906 Market St., downtown.



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