What did you do for Mother’s Day this year? We usually get together at my mom and dad’s house for Mother’s Day. Sometimes, I have it at my house but I have to take a day off work to get everything ready. Both my brother and I show up with our families – in-laws, kids, grandkids, a large and super loud crowd. We all bring a covered dish or two so that the burden of cooking is not on one of us. My parents or I cook the main entrée, which is usually a ham, pasta, or something else that falls into the realm of serious comfort food. By the time we sit down to eat, I’m usually beat and ready to go home or just crawl on the couch and crash.
For the last couple of years, we’ve talked about never have big gatherings again. The family is growing, and we’re getting older. We cave in at the end, then we’re sorry we did. Last year, we decided it was just too much to have everyone over. It would be wonderful if everyone helped out but it never seems to work out that way. My mom’s osteoporosis slows her down, so my sister-in-law and I usually clean up. The time it takes to get the house ready, cook for 20 people, and clean up the mess at the end of the day slowly grew into a big downer for us.
While we were cleaning up after dinner last year, we decided that all future Mother’s Day gatherings will be held at a restaurant. My dad doesn’t know this yet, but we decided Father’s Day will also be held at a restaurant. So, over the last year, we talked often about which restaurant we would choose. Believe you me, we tossed about the names of just about every local restaurant within reasonable driving distance. We finally settled on Thai. Seafood and Italian came in second and third place. We also went on Saturday to avoid the long lines on Sunday.
We also agreed that we would not get each other gifts. (My son got me a beautiful orchid.)
We also said that we would all pay for our own dinner. (My dad paid for all of us – kisses and hugs!)
Thai Riverside is on US Highway 1 in Palm Bay. It’s in the old Napoli’s location (I’m talking years ago here), and it sits right on the banks of the Indian River. The restaurant is quaint and quiet with a steady flow of customers. My parents, brother, and sister-in-law have eaten at the restaurant once or twice before Mother’s Day. They recommended it. My family loves Thai food so we were glad to go.
Thai Riverside has an outdoor patio area overlooking the river. My daughter and niece took their kids out on the patio to take pictures. That was a good thing since my two twin toddler nieces and my daughter’s two kids can be mighty rowdy at times. It makes me a nervous wreck.
Thai Riverside offers Thai food, sushi, and teriyaki dishes. Some of us ordered sushi appetizers, but we all ordered Thai for dinner. I tried the Thai Spring Rolls and Shrimp Pad Thai with a glass of plum wine. The food was delicious and some of the best Thai food around the area. The plates were large and held more food than we could eat. The kids meals were large, too. We left with several take-out boxes to snack on later. There were 14 of us in all, so you’ll have to click on the thumbnails below to see what we all ordered.
I found a Facebook page for Thai Riverside, but I couldn’t find a website or any other social media. The restaurant received great reviews on Yelp, Trip Advisor, and Google Reviews. If you’re ever on US Highway 1 in Brevard County, Florida, give Thai Riverside a try. You won’t be disappointed.
Enjoy the photos!