Writer / Matt Keating
Photographer / Kerch Creative
Chotima Hall, co-owner of EatThai Restaurant, knew there was a large shortage of Thai food places near the Zionsville area, and decided to fill that need.
“My cousin, Witcha Danaisuphachok, and I had already been in the restaurant business for over 10 years, and we noticed that no one was offering Thai food in a fast, casual style,” Hall says. “We knew that we could bring high-quality Thai food to people in an accessible way. So in August, 2017, we opened our doors in Traders Point.”
She strongly believes Traders Point is an ideal location for EatThai.
“With our fast, casual concept, we wanted to be in an area with lots of businesses, as well as a strong local community,” Hall says, “Traders Point was perfect for us because our Thai food could stand out from other offerings, and is conveniently located near Zionsville, the movie theater, and the highway.”
Hall greatly appreciates the enthusiastic response she has received from Zionsville residents.
“Zionsville is such a unique community because everyone supports local businesses like ours, and are willing to try different cuisines and experiences,” Hall says. “Everyone has been incredibly kind and supportive of us since day one! Word of mouth about our restaurant has picked up. It’s so heartwarming to hear people recommending us to their friends and neighbors.”
Hall’s many loyal customers already have their favorites at EatThai.
“Pad Thai (stir-fried rice hoodies with tofu, eggs, ground peanut, green onion, and bean sprouts in a light sweet and sour tamarind sauce), is by far and away our top favorite,” Hall says, “Some other favorites include our “Drunken Noodles” (Pad Kee-Mao), which are stir-fried flat noodles with broccoli, carrots, cabbage, green beans, onions, basil leaves, bell pepper, water chestnut, and mushroom); Orange Chicken; our fried rice dishes; and our curries.”
The fried rice dishes at EatThai include Basil Fried Rice; Thai Fried Rice; Green Curry Fried Rice; and Tom Yum Fried Rice (a blend of tom yum herbs stir fried with rice, bell pepper, tomato, onion, and sweet chili paste); and Khao Man Gai (Chicken and Rice).
Hall noted that other noodle dishes include Pad See-Eiw, (stir-fried rice noodles with eggs, broccoli, and cabbage in Thai sweet soy sauce); and Noodle Soup (regular size only); rice noodles in a chicken broth combined with bean sprouts, green onion, and cilantro.
Popular curries include Red Curry (Fresh chili paste with coconut milk, bamboo shoots, green beans, bell pepper, and fresh basil leaves; and Massaman Curry (a yellow curry of diverse spices in coconut milk with potatoes, onions, carrots, pineapples, and peanuts.
Stir fry includes Pad Cashew and Pad Eggplant, among others.
Hall has her own favorites at EatThai.
“Because I’m a fan of both spicy and flavorful food, I love our Tom Yum Fried Rice,” Hall says.
Hall stressed that not all Thai food has to be spicy.
“We make our dishes to order, so you can get different spice levels, as well as many gluten free, vegetarian, or vegan options,” she says.
EatThai is located in Traders Point at 5650 W. 86th St., Suite 128. It’s open from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. from Monday – Saturday. It’s closed on Sunday’s. For more information, call 317-405-9141 or visit eatthai.co.