#sEATtle; Buddha Ruksa

January 5, 2018

I like to eat. A lot. Food is bae. Therefore, I figured I would post reviews of the places I go to give you a little insight and maybe some ideas on where you might want to nom with your friends or special someones. Plus, it gives me an excuse to pig out on Seattle's best eats and not feel bad about it, because work!

Before we start, though, I want to make one thing perfectly clear, I am NOT a professional food nerd, nor do I want to be. I don't know the intricacies of French cooking. Heck, I don't even know how to spell "intricacies." It also means that if you ask me what the best burger is, I'll probably say Lil Woody's before I suggest any kind of "gourmet" burger, unless that gourmet burger has an egg on it. Then gourmet burger wins (any burger with an egg on it wins really.) Also, my idea of a fancy pizza is anything with more than two toppings. Basically what I'm getting at is consider these restaurant reviews for the common man/woman.

Got it? Good, let's roll!

Buddha Ruksa

3520 Genesee Street



I remember the first time I discovered Thai food.  I was right about that age where I figured it was time to eat like an adult, which meant cutting down my Taco Bell intake to only 4x a week, and to take some culinary chances. As fate would have it, in the very parking lot where my nacho supreme itch was constantly being scratched, was a Thai restaurant called Archii's.  The smell alone coming from the kitchen was so amazing that I legit wanted to see if there was a way to turn it into one of those Glade Plug Ins you use in your apartment to cover up the farts. I was SO excited to try some Thai food...whatever Thai food was.  To my distress, I quickly realized that most of the menu consisted of various curries, which up until now I  had never had, nor ever wanted to have, considering most of them kind of look like puke if we are being honest.  Thankfully, I was wearing my adult pants and told the waitress to bring me whatever her favorite dish was. She politely asked "First time? I bring you Panang." And with that first spoon full of sweet, spicy, delicious Panang curry, I was hooked. Thai food has been in my rotation ever since, so it was with great anticipation that I hit up Buddha Ruksa in West Seattle to see if it would become my new go to, and to see what the deal was with the Crack Chicken.  Lets eat.....



Fried Rice- I always find fried rice at Thai restaurants to be a little too sweet for me, and this was no different.  Good for sure, but I mean, its just fried rice ya know?

Phad Thai- This is a favorite hangover food for me in particular.  Stir fried rice noodles, with egg, bean sprouts and the protein of your choice. Spicy, sweet, all of the things! Bonus points for this version, because its not too smothered in sauce. Its just enough! 

Panang Curry.  When I go to a Thai restaurant, I get this 97% of the time.  Creamy, hot, sweet, #%$ing AWESOME! Buddha Ruksa makes it perfectly, and if it wasn't for what I'm about to talk about, it would be my favorite thing on the menu. But its not, because......

Crispy Garlic Chicken a.k.a. CRACK CHICKEN.  You guys! All you need to know about how amazeballs this dish is is that when I posted a photo on my insta, I had multiple people instantly comment "OMG is that crack?" THIS DISH IS LITERALLY SO GOOD PEOPLE SIMPLY JUST CALL IT CRACK!!!!!!!  Its all of your favorite flavors, fried up and glazed on some dang chicken.  Its so good that it is January 5th as I type this, and I'm pretty sure I already found my favorite dish of 2018.  You need to try this. 

This is usually the part where I summarize my experience and throw in a couple stupid jokes for the road, but after talking about that chicken, I have nothing left to say. It is simply the best and you need to try it for yourself. I guarantee you will love it, and if you need someone to go with you because you aren't the dine alone type, tweet me @manchild1077. I will go with you anytime! Even if I just ate! 


Go here if...you want to get addicted to Crack (chicken)!!!!

Don't go here if...You aren't ready to graduate from the Taco Bell 4x a week diet.