You have no idea how hard it is to write this post. It’s kind of crazy how much a little Thai restaurant has come to mean so much to me. Rod Dee 2 is a small restaurant in Fenway’s Restaurant Row. I eat here way too often. It’s less than a block from my apartment so anytime we don’t feel like cooking or are craving Thai food, we just roll out the door and get a plate of noodles or rice (usually one of each.) It’s also just a 10 minute walk from where I work. And it so happens that my co-workers love Rod Dee so a nice Friday afternoon or a staff get together means we’re having Rod Dee for lunch. I wasn’t a huge fan at first. I preferred BU’s Nud Pob or Berklee’s Pad Thai Cafe. Those were my first Thai food loves but that changed a few years ago. I need to step back in time for a minute to explain.
Restaurant Row is a block of small restaurants in Fenway. Anchored by Thornton’s Grill, a decent sized bar and restaurant, there were also El Pelon, Rod Dee, Umi Japanese, Greek Isles, and Sorento’s Italian Gourmet. In 2009, a fire started at Thronton’s in the middle of the night. By morning, the restaurants were all gone. It was pretty devastating. 2011, doors began to reopen. I wasn’t a huge fan of Restaurant Row until the restaurants reopened. For some reason, the burritos at El Pelon now tasted better and Rod Dee 2 quickly became our go to Thai place. Gyro City, Swish Shabu, Fiouna’s and Neighborhood coffee shop joined them and now I can’t imagine life without Restaurant Row. So, back to Rod Dee.
The food at Rod Dee is delicious and the service is just as wonderful. My favorites are Penang Curry, Indonesian Fried Rice, Pad See Ew, Pad Kee Mao, Lard Nar and Basil Pad Thai. The staff is so kind! They recognize their regulars and greet them with such genuine joy. There’s one girl especially that is always smiling. I’m going to miss them and I wish I could tell them how much their food means to me without completely weirding them out. But really, they have kept us well fed for many years and their food always makes us happy. After a long flight home or an endless day at work, nothing tastes better than a giant plate of curry. I want to thank them for all the delicious meals over the years and let them know that they can never be replaced in my mind/stomach/heart. So, the next time you’re in Fenway, have a plate of Basil Pad Thai for me, okay? And let them know that the Thai food in SB cannot even compare to my dear Rod Dee.