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2010 - Volume 1 Issue 1
¡Comidas Sabroso!
Thai Cuisine
 
Article: Bob Skolnick
Photos: Joe Burgess
 
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Opened in June of 2008, Thai Delight has become a true local favorite for Southern New Mexico. Sitting under the western face of the Organ Mountains just below Saint Augustine Pass, Thai Delight is easily accessible on Highway 70. Owner Tom Feldt fulfilled a life-long dream by opening Thai Delight. The restaurant offers casual dining in a décor of Thailand and rustic New Mexico. Tom sought the help of a 94-year young, Jane Rogstad, a retired interior designer and a lover of Thai cuisine.

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Thai Delight
16151 Hwy 70 East
Organ, NM
575-373-3000
thai-delight.com

Monday-Friday
11:00 am to 2:00 pm
4:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Saturday
4:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Sunday
11:00 am to 8:00 pm

Thai Delight
2184 Avenida de Mesilla
Mesilla, NM 88046
575-525-1900

For take out you can
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Tom was born in Thailand in a small city of 7000 called Ta-key. He learned to appreciate the cuisines of Thailand from his dad, uncles and many cousins. He came to the US at the age of 16 with his mother, Siri. During his early employment, Tom worked in several restaurants and served as Chef at the Smugglers Inn in Biloxi, Mississippi. Tom joined the US Army and spent a career in the Field Artillery and Infantry with a Personnel MOS. His service included tours of duty in Germany, Kosovo, Kuwait and Iraq. He retired as a Sergeant First Class. His military career explains why he located Thai Delight restaurant just over the mountaintop from White Sands Missile Range. Thai Delight enjoys a thriving clientele of military, civilian base employees and local Las Cruces residents.

One the challenges Tom faced when opening an authentic Thai restaurant was to find both the ingredients needed and a kitchen staff to help with the food preparation. Many of his Thai ingredients are sourced and shipped from Tucson, Albuquerque and other major cities. The staff was another story. Tom used his years of leadership skills from Smugglers Inn and the Army to train several key people in food preparation– Wanda Robertson, Ranu Alexander, Kim Kude and Thomas McConnell.

Thai Delight’s signature dish is “Shrimp Thai Delight.” Other customer favorites are the Pad Thai, Red Curry, Green Curry and Panang Curry and Thai Fried Rice. Tom told us, “I am surprised at how knowledgeable the Las Cruces population is about curries and Thai food in general.” Tom has a good selection of sandwiches, steaks, seafood and salads for those in your party that might prefer other than Thai dishes. On Sunday a breakfast menu and a wide selection of omelets are served all day.

The restaurant offers live entertainment on different nights from an acoustic trio and belly dancers to “funky” oldies. All of this with eclectic décor make Thai Delight a fun as well as tasty destination. ///
 
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