That spring of 1987, 27-year-old Marisa was widowed with two small children. She, too, was from Thailand, and she was taking college prep classes at Maple Woods Community College. She wasn’t interested in a romantic relationship but was happy to at least say hello to Dom, a fellow student.
They met at the school and exchanged basic information. Dom was 21 and had been in America one year. When he learned they both lived in the Northland, he asked whether he could visit and meet her children. By 1989 their friendship had deepened into love.
Over 20 years ago, owners Dom and Marisa traveled to Kansas City, Missouri. At that time, they did not know each other. Dom came to study while Marisa came with her husband and children. (Watch Marisa tell her deeply moving story at the Kauffman Foundation.) After some time, they met in college. As their friendship and love developed, they saw a great opportunity to bring a part of their culture to Kansas City. In 2000, they took a chance, changed their course and opened the finest Thai restaurant in the region. Tasty Thai has introduced the exciting, powerful flavors of traditional Thai cuisine to the Midwest.
In 2010, Tasty Thai expanded to Liberty, MO and 2014, Dom and Marisa opened up Big Bowl Pho next to their original location.
Behind the scenes, three generations work hard to ensure that tradition, quality and service are the keystones that make Tasty Thai a critically acclaimed dining experience.