It was a nice way to start a day with a two-piece salmon sushi, Philadelphia roll and a perfect serving of a dish of orange chicken at Nara Thai in Baytown.

When it comes to Thai food and sushi, the coronavirus takes a back seat and I had zero problem braving these rodeo-less times for a trip to one of Baytown’s better eating spots: Nara Thai.

The one thing I love about this restaurant – one of four of its kind in the Houston metropolitan area – located at 4505 Garth Rd – is that it’s traditional meets fusion in its own right. Thai cuisine is not known for sushi since the two are not married in serving, but here, Nara Thai found a way to combine two unique cuisines and made it work.

Think, Westbrook and Harden only with a lot more wins and better shooting.

Once I walked in, I immediately grabbed up the sushi menu and ordered the go-to sushi two-piece salmon and a Philadelphia roll.

You really can’t go wrong with Nara’s sushi plates and rolls and if you want to cut back on carbs, go the sashimi route and indulge on the sweet offerings of tuna, crab, fresh water eel and scallops while the cooked and uncooked rolls are equally heavenly. 

My personal favorites are anything with salmon, eel or tuna loaded with avocado and cream cheese while a good dish of tempura anything really is almost an immediate winner for your palate’s desires.

If you are a daring eater, I would highly recommend a delve into the caterpillar roll (eel, cucumber, avocado, flying fish egg), the dragon roll (California roll with eel and fish egg), the volcano roll (shrimp, crab, avocado, crunchies and spicy sauce), the Baytown roll (mixed fish, avocado, deep fried, spicy sauce), and the rainbow roll (California roll with tuna, salmon, red snapper and avocado).

Once I was able to sate my hunger and make my churning stomach my friend again, I soon reveled in the arrival of my orange chicken.

It was a hard call because I could order any protein from chicken, beef, shrimp, scallop or roasted duck among other things and combine it with a particular curry (green, red, Panang or yellow), teriyaki, sweet and sour, peanut sauce, ginger, bell pepper and the hits go on.

I’ve had their Pad Thai before and it was unreal as the noodles were just the right amount of heft without feeling like you just swallowed a boulder once you leave the place. 

Pad Kra Pow, Pad Ka-Tiem and Pad Woon Sen are also meals that can definitely score plenty of points with someone searching for the perfect meal to elevate a mood from pandemic depression to blissful world of peace and love.

The other thing that one has to take note of is the size of the entrees and just how affordable the plates are.

I for one loathe the use of the term “just” in commercials and the like when trying to convince you to buy something. Sometimes one person’s “just” is another one’s week of groceries so I will go with this: At Nara Thai, the prices for most of the meals can range from upper single digits to mid-double digits.

In comparison with a lot of other places of the same ilk, these prices are reasonable and justifiable for the fact the food comes out quality.

Nara Thai is open from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

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Alan Dale is the Sports Editor for The Baytown Sun. He can be reached at

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