Pad Thai Shack

★★★☆☆
  • 127 S 18th St

    Philadelphia, PA 19103

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  • 215-557-0422

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I can't say enough good things about Pad Thai Shack. It is delicious, high quality thai good. Absolutely everything is prepared very well with great flavors. It is a tightly run ship, with take out for business lunchers as well as a few counter seats. I love the grilled chicken salad and the grills the best.

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★★★★★

I can't say enough good things about Pad Thai Shack. It is delicious, high quality thai good. Absolutely everything is prepared very well with great flavors. It is a tightly run ship, with take out for business lunchers as well as a few counter seats. I love the grilled chicken salad and the grills the best.

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This is one of my favorite lunch places in the city. With a selection of Asian food ranging Thai to Vietnamese, it makes this place a good choice for lunch option.

The price is decent and people are usually friendly.

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★★★★☆

This is one of my favorite lunch places in the city. With a selection of Asian food ranging Thai to Vietnamese, it makes this place a good choice for lunch option.

The price is decent and people are usually friendly.

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I was wondering around downtown and saw the pad thai shack and thought hey I could go for some pad thai. So that's what I ordered. The thing cost me $10.00 and I feel they should of paid me that price for eating that box of grease. First the pad thai was mixed with a lot of veggies that made no sense. I've never had pad thai from a thai restaurant that included cabbage and radishes. The only vegetable it should of had but didn't was bean sprouts. The noodles was greasier than hell. The whole meal in general had no peanut flavoring what so ever aside from the crushed peanuts put on top.

On top of the over priced box of grease it messed my stomach up. Now I'm only speaking of the pad thai in this review so maybe their other dishes aren't as disappointing with horrid side effects.

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★☆☆☆☆

I was wondering around downtown and saw the pad thai shack and thought hey I could go for some pad thai. So that's what I ordered. The thing cost me $10.00 and I feel they should of paid me that price for eating that box of grease. First the pad thai was mixed with a lot of veggies that made no sense. I've never had pad thai from a thai restaurant that included cabbage and radishes. The only vegetable it should of had but didn't was bean sprouts. The noodles was greasier than hell. The whole meal in general had no peanut flavoring what so ever aside from the crushed peanuts put on top.

On top of the over priced box of grease it messed my stomach up. Now I'm only speaking of the pad thai in this review so maybe their other dishes aren't as disappointing with horrid side effects.

Pros: Quick

Cons: Bad pad thai that makes you sick

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Don't eat here. Just don't. I have never even had bad thai food before. I even made some out of a box recipe myself that was better than this. I ordered the tofu pad thai. Paid too much for it. It was bland, bitter, and smelled kinda funny... It was just bad bad bad bad Thai food. Whatever you do, don't eat here.

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★☆☆☆☆

Don't eat here. Just don't. I have never even had bad thai food before. I even made some out of a box recipe myself that was better than this. I ordered the tofu pad thai. Paid too much for it. It was bland, bitter, and smelled kinda funny... It was just bad bad bad bad Thai food. Whatever you do, don't eat here.

Pros: Pros? Um... the plastic take-out bags are pretty good quality.

Cons: Food.

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I want this place to be better than it is. So far, it's always been disappointing. They are always out of their signature dishes Basically, they serve only stir fried noodles and rice, adding enough spice to make it inedible, while leaving out all but token amounts of vegis, shrimp, or chicken. The staff know nothing of Thai food and act like they're running a food cart -- but charge 6x the price because the establishment is on Rittenhouse Sq. Go back to Penn and bring in a real Thai place!

0
★☆☆☆☆

I want this place to be better than it is. So far, it's always been disappointing. They are always out of their signature dishes Basically, they serve only stir fried noodles and rice, adding enough spice to make it inedible, while leaving out all but token amounts of vegis, shrimp, or chicken. The staff know nothing of Thai food and act like they're running a food cart -- but charge 6x the price because the establishment is on Rittenhouse Sq. Go back to Penn and bring in a real Thai place!

Pros: Location

Cons: Everything else

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As a Southeast Asian, a food enthusiast and a cook, I must say that I am very disappointed! I have never in my life had such horrible tasting Thai food. I ordered the Chicken satay platter which comes with a spring roll and some dumplings. You can tell that the spring roll wasn't made fresh and it was so salty and tasted nothing like a Thai spring roll. The dumplings were burnt, yes burnt and disgusting. The chicken satay was bland. For 12 dollars, it had no right to be so bad! I don't care if you are a take out or not! there is no excuse for such gross food, when you are charging people restaurant price! The idea of a Thai take-out is wonderful, but it would be awesome if the food was at least edible. Please make a well worth trip to Vientian Cafe (47th and Baltimore ave)! The food is amazing, the service is great and the price is reasonable.

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★☆☆☆☆

As a Southeast Asian, a food enthusiast and a cook, I must say that I am very disappointed! I have never in my life had such horrible tasting Thai food. I ordered the Chicken satay platter which comes with a spring roll and some dumplings. You can tell that the spring roll wasn't made fresh and it was so salty and tasted nothing like a Thai spring roll. The dumplings were burnt, yes burnt and disgusting. The chicken satay was bland. For 12 dollars, it had no right to be so bad! I don't care if you are a take out or not! there is no excuse for such gross food, when you are charging people restaurant price! The idea of a Thai take-out is wonderful, but it would be awesome if the food was at least edible. Please make a well worth trip to Vientian Cafe (47th and Baltimore ave)! The food is amazing, the service is great and the price is reasonable.

Pros: Peanut sauce

Cons: You can't eat just peanut sauce!

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I just moved to Philly from NYC and typically pad thai isn't my thai dish of choice but this place is close to my office and I figured I'd give it a try. This is some of the best pad thai I've had. Tangy and sweet, lots of freshly cut veggies and ample tofu. Nice atmosphere (although I took it to go) and great staff.

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★★★★☆

I just moved to Philly from NYC and typically pad thai isn't my thai dish of choice but this place is close to my office and I figured I'd give it a try. This is some of the best pad thai I've had. Tangy and sweet, lots of freshly cut veggies and ample tofu. Nice atmosphere (although I took it to go) and great staff.

Pros: Fresh delicious food,friendly staff

Cons: limited food selection

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Actually, I have been to Pad Thai Shack several times and liked my pad thai. I find the pad thai at some other restaurants overly sweet, whereas this one is tangy and peanutty. I did not find it bland at all.

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★★★★☆

Actually, I have been to Pad Thai Shack several times and liked my pad thai. I find the pad thai at some other restaurants overly sweet, whereas this one is tangy and peanutty. I did not find it bland at all.

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I've been coming here for years, and have never been disappointed. I've seen a few negative reviews, and I hope that doesn't discourage new customers. Please keep in mind, the occasional grouch is often more likely to find the time to make a comment than someone who is quietly satisfied. As a result, many new, potential satisfied customers could be turned off before trying, and that would definitely be their loss.

You decide. If you're reading this, then you're obviously curious about the place. Don't listen to me, be your own judge!! I agree that the ingredients are always fresh, and everything is made to order, and delicious, but you should find out for yourself. Their prices are not high, so regardless of your budget, it's a pretty inexpensive test for you to see what you think. Just go!! You'll be glad you did, and if so, hopefully you'll find the time afterward to log in here and post your thoughts.

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★★★★★

I've been coming here for years, and have never been disappointed. I've seen a few negative reviews, and I hope that doesn't discourage new customers. Please keep in mind, the occasional grouch is often more likely to find the time to make a comment than someone who is quietly satisfied. As a result, many new, potential satisfied customers could be turned off before trying, and that would definitely be their loss.

You decide. If you're reading this, then you're obviously curious about the place. Don't listen to me, be your own judge!! I agree that the ingredients are always fresh, and everything is made to order, and delicious, but you should find out for yourself. Their prices are not high, so regardless of your budget, it's a pretty inexpensive test for you to see what you think. Just go!! You'll be glad you did, and if so, hopefully you'll find the time afterward to log in here and post your thoughts.

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I have been eating at the Pad Thai Shack (18th Street store) at least once a week since it opened and, frankly, am shocked by the negative reviews. The food here is more authentic and significantly fresher than food I have had at most Southeast Asian restaurants in Philadelphia. Moreover, the portions are large at a reasonable price (sometimes I make two meals out of one order). My favorite dish is probably the Thai Green Curry over noodles, which is spicy without being deadly so. The specials are also worthwhile. Soups are tasty and great on a winter or rainy day. Every dish is made to order, which sometimes results in a ten minute wait or so, but it's well worth it. There is limited seating, but the branch on 12th Street has more. Please do not be discouraged by the negative reviews here. Try it for yourself. You won't be disappointed.

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★★★★★

I have been eating at the Pad Thai Shack (18th Street store) at least once a week since it opened and, frankly, am shocked by the negative reviews. The food here is more authentic and significantly fresher than food I have had at most Southeast Asian restaurants in Philadelphia. Moreover, the portions are large at a reasonable price (sometimes I make two meals out of one order). My favorite dish is probably the Thai Green Curry over noodles, which is spicy without being deadly so. The specials are also worthwhile. Soups are tasty and great on a winter or rainy day. Every dish is made to order, which sometimes results in a ten minute wait or so, but it's well worth it. There is limited seating, but the branch on 12th Street has more. Please do not be discouraged by the negative reviews here. Try it for yourself. You won't be disappointed.

Pros: Great, fresh food.

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I don't consider myself to be a food snob, but this place has absolutely the worst pad thai I have ever tried. The food is very bland, and even though I generally do not like spicy food, my chicken pad thai was devoid of any flavor at all.

On the plus side, the staff is very nice, and the portions are quite generous.

Overall Suggestion: Skip it.

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★☆☆☆☆

I don't consider myself to be a food snob, but this place has absolutely the worst pad thai I have ever tried. The food is very bland, and even though I generally do not like spicy food, my chicken pad thai was devoid of any flavor at all.

On the plus side, the staff is very nice, and the portions are quite generous.

Overall Suggestion: Skip it.

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The worst thai food experience of my life! I got the pad thai and it isn't suppose to taste like that. It was completely bland. I will never come here again. The only plus is the proprietor is super nice.

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★☆☆☆☆

The worst thai food experience of my life! I got the pad thai and it isn't suppose to taste like that. It was completely bland. I will never come here again. The only plus is the proprietor is super nice.

Pros: Nice staff, good location

Cons: Horrible food

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My roommate and I were in the area, so I decided to try Pad Thai Shack. I ordered the Pad Thai, and she had eaten here before and opted out of buying food at Pad Thai Shack again. I wanted to keep and open mind. To say the least, I was very disappointed. My Pad Thai was so extremely bland. I have never had bland Thai food before. I found the food to lack not only spiciness but flavor as well. I wouldn't eat here again.

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★☆☆☆☆

My roommate and I were in the area, so I decided to try Pad Thai Shack. I ordered the Pad Thai, and she had eaten here before and opted out of buying food at Pad Thai Shack again. I wanted to keep and open mind. To say the least, I was very disappointed. My Pad Thai was so extremely bland. I have never had bland Thai food before. I found the food to lack not only spiciness but flavor as well. I wouldn't eat here again.

Pros: Good location, Dishes made quickly

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my boyfirend and i are thai food lovers- and in fact have had the pleasure to enjoy bona fide Thai cuisine in Thailand. We were anxiously looking forward to trying out pad thai shack and were thoroughly disappointed. The tom yum soup was oily and almost copletely stock except for a few pieces of greasy tofu. The chicken pad thai had 2 pieces of chicken and almost no flavor. For true thai food take your business elsewhere.

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★☆☆☆☆

my boyfirend and i are thai food lovers- and in fact have had the pleasure to enjoy bona fide Thai cuisine in Thailand. We were anxiously looking forward to trying out pad thai shack and were thoroughly disappointed. The tom yum soup was oily and almost copletely stock except for a few pieces of greasy tofu. The chicken pad thai had 2 pieces of chicken and almost no flavor. For true thai food take your business elsewhere.

Cons: , tasteless

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I love Thai food, unfortunately their pad thai was the worst I've ever had, and their chicken pho was disgusting. Perhaps they are looking to attract an American audience with bland food, but those familiar with Thai & Vietnamese cooking will have to go elsewhere. The atmosphere is certainly cute, but I prefer good food.

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★☆☆☆☆

I love Thai food, unfortunately their pad thai was the worst I've ever had, and their chicken pho was disgusting. Perhaps they are looking to attract an American audience with bland food, but those familiar with Thai & Vietnamese cooking will have to go elsewhere. The atmosphere is certainly cute, but I prefer good food.

Pros: atmosphere

Cons: food

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This little "shack" is merely no shack at all. The atomoshpere is warm, welcoming and spunky. They could maybe add a couple tables along the side wall where the bench is, perhaps for those who prefer not to eat facing the street. The food is excellent and extremely fresh-made to order. Try every dish along with their specials-you can't go wrong!

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★★★★★

This little "shack" is merely no shack at all. The atomoshpere is warm, welcoming and spunky. They could maybe add a couple tables along the side wall where the bench is, perhaps for those who prefer not to eat facing the street. The food is excellent and extremely fresh-made to order. Try every dish along with their specials-you can't go wrong!

Pros: Close to businesses, Good Value, Excellent Pad Thai

Cons: Need more tables, Mainly for takeout, Need to deliver

 

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