Merlin Chauvin, Co-Owner/Exective Chef.
Making my top 3 Thai restaurants, is La Thai Uptown in New Orleans, LA. Great food, superb upscale decor and ambience, and probably the friendliest and most adept staff I have seen at a restaurant, let alone a Thai place. And did I mention very affordable? I of course had the red curry and it was perfection, as was the Panang curry I sampled. Our server (come to find out he is co-owner) even brought us out a special combination curry that he makes for himself when he eats there, and it was even better than the others. I hit it at lunch time and their lunch specials were all very enticing. Upon visiting their site I noticed that they were voted Best Thai in New Orleans, and I definitely know why!