Almost every American town has one (or more) long strips of dreary peripheral highway lined with car dealerships, modest motels, strip malls and one and two story generic businesses, including plenty of chain restaurants. While they look mostly the same, if you are lucky, there might be a couple of scrappy local dining establishments, sometimes ethnic, that break the mold. Shallot fits into that category, a simple Thai restaurant, perhaps the only one in Greater Springfield.
We have been to a number of more elaborate Thai establishments in tonier neighborhoods or big cities. Here, the decor is minimalist, but bright and clean. Kudos for playing tasteful classical music in the background.
For a first time, we tried their pot stickers, Pad Thai, Sweet and Sour Chicken and a few desserts. A suspiciously inexpensive California Chardonnay proved quite decent.
We were the first of 8 customers early on a Wednesday evening. Our waitress was graceful and efficient. The food came out quite quickly, but the ingredients tasted fresh and well prepared.
We are ready to go back and try their Spring Rolls, Satay and Curries.
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