Mai’s Thai is old enough to legally drink a festive Singha, and not only will there be a party on August 6, but it’s also the inimitable founder’s 70th birthday celebration and Customer Appreciation Day (noon – 3:00 p.m.)
Owner and namesake Mai Kungkran Meyers is a beloved Southern Indiana legend, and I speak for many in expressing appreciation that she chose to bring her culinary skills to the Right Bank of the Ohio at a time when global flavor options were few in number.
Last year F&D’s editor-in-chief Marty Rosen placed Mai’s Thai in an affectionate context.
I’ve written about Mai’s many times over the years — as have, I think, all of the food writers in the Louisville area. When Mai opened in Jeffersonville, our F&D colleague Susan Reigler reviewed the restaurant for The Courier-Journal. She said of an order of Pad Khing that its hint of ginger was “as delicate as a butterfly’s wing. It fluttered through the light-bodied sauce draping the sliced chicken, scallions, and wood ear mushrooms … ”
I think it’s safe to say that everyone who has reviewed Mai’s has been inspired by both the food and Mai herself.