Best Thai restaurants in every state

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February 19, 2018
Patty // Foursquare

Best Thai restaurants in every state

Whether you’re craving pad thai or something more adventurous — such as stir-fried alligator in a house-made chili paste — deciding on a truly delicious Thai restaurant can prove difficult since there are so many options these days. Cities have seen an influx in Thai restaurant openings during the past decade, making it harder to locate a genuinely good restaurant. The increase in restaurants is due to more Americans taking an interest in the cuisine in recent years. In the 1980s Thai restaurants made their dishes sweeter and more mild to fit the American palate, but Americans have been searching for more authentic options in recent years.

If you’re among the people looking for something more authentic, we have you covered. Here at Stacker, we used Foursquare to analyze local ratings, check-ins, tips, and trends to curate the best Thai restaurants in each state. See what dishes are customer favorites and learn if you really should opt to go ‘Thai hot’ — this ultra-spicy option is only meant for the brave at some establishments. States are listed in alphabetical order; read on to find the best Thai food near you.

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Stefan Thoss // Foursquare

#50. Wyoming: Teton Thai


7342 Granite Loop Rd. (Teton Village Rd.)

Teton Village, WY 83025

Foursquare rating: 9.0

Multiple diners agree that the price and the wait are worth it at Teton Thai. Visit when it’s warm out so you can sit outdoors with a view of the mountains.

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João Mendes // Foursquare

#49. Wisconsin: Thai Kitchen


2851 N Oakland Ave. (Locust)

Milwaukee, WI 53211

Foursquare rating: 8.6 

Enjoy fresh cuisine in a no-frills atmosphere at Thai Kitchen. Pick a curry and you won’t be disappointed.

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Manika Jain // Foursquare

#48. West Virginia: Surin of Thailand


912 3rd Ave.

Huntington, WV 25701

Foursquare rating: 7.9

Succulent catfish, crab angels, and satay chicken are favorites at this Huntington-based eatery. Customers have also complimented the service and atmosphere.

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Patty // Foursquare

#47. Washington: Little Uncle


1523 E Madison St. (at 16th Ave.)

Seattle, WA 98122

Foursquare rating: 9.2

Looking to enjoy “phad” thai but without the calories of the noodles? At Little Uncle, you can request it noodleless — and you won’t miss out on any of the flavor.

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育美 // Foursquare

#46. Virginia: Taste of Thai


917 S High St. (at Logan Ln.)

Harrisonburg, VA 22801

Foursquare rating: 8.9

Taste of Thai has been serving Thai cuisine in Harrisonburg since 1999. The restaurant, which serves generous portions, is liked by undergraduate college students in the area.

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Suzi Simão // Foursquare

#45. Vermont: Thai Basil


4940 Main St.

Manchester Center, VT 05255

Foursquare rating: 8.8

Thai Basil is friendly to people with allergies — the menu notes which dishes are gluten-free or contain dairy, and states they can accommodate diners with allergies. The cocktails and massaman curry are notable choices.

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Kip Wilkins // Foursquare

#44. Utah: Sawadee


754 E South Temple

Salt Lake City, UT 84102

Foursquare rating: 8.7

Opt for the Thai basil at this restaurant boasting outdoor seating. This family owned and operated establishment offers generous portions, so be prepared for leftovers.

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Yuuka // Foursquare

#43. Texas: Titaya's Thai Cuisine


5501 N Lamar Blvd. Ste C101 (Koenig)

Austin, TX 78751

Foursquare rating: 9.2

At Titaya's Thai Cuisine, the food is consistently good and you can’t go wrong with the curry and the noodle dishes. Start with the sweet taro corn fritters for a different but delicious appetizer.

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Oanh Lu // Foursquare

#42. Tennessee: The Smiling Elephant


2213 8th Ave. S

Nashville, TN 37204

Foursquare rating: 9.0

The Smiling Elephant features a daily curry with your choice of meat and jasmine rice. Customers have praised the red curry, so make sure to stop by on a Friday to sample it.

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Matt Fickbohm // Foursquare

#41. South Dakota: Coco Palace


1900 N Maple Ave. (Knollwood Dr.)

Rapid City, SD 57701

Foursquare rating: 6.2

Coco Palace also serves sushi and Chinese food, in addition to Thai cuisine. There’s even a section of the menu for vegetarians.

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Beth Mark // Foursquare

#40. South Carolina: Basil


460 King St.

Charleston, SC 29403

Foursquare rating: 8.9

Basil is gluten-free friendly and offers customers outdoor seating. The dishes are bursting with both color and flavor.  

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Myron White // Foursquare

#39. Rhode Island: Thai Star


1088 Chalkstone Ave.

Providence, RI 02908

Foursquare rating: 8.5

The crab rangoons and pad thai are two favorites among customers. The restaurant serves an extensive menu and offers a weekday lunch special that’s less than $10, including soup or salad.

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John Obeid // Foursquare

#38. Pennsylvania: Nicky’s Thai Kitchen


856 Western Ave.

Pittsburgh, PA 15233

Foursquare rating: 9.1

Head over to Nicky’s Thai Kitchen in Pittsburgh for reasonable prices and delicious crab rangoons. Previous customers have also recommended it as a great date spot.

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Henry Kim // Foursquare

#37. Oregon: PaaDee


6 SE 28th Ave. (at E Burnside)

Portland, OR 97214

Foursquare rating: 9.1

Enjoy comforting food, such as pad see ew, in a casual setting. Customers say the food is authentic and the service is spot-on.

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JR Hehnly // Foursquare

#36. Oklahoma: Panang Thai


9022 S Pennsylvania Ave. (89th St.)

Oklahoma City, OK 73159

Foursquare rating: 8.7

Expect generous portions for low prices at Panang Thai. The food is cooked with fresh ingredients, which is reflected in the flavor.

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Alberto Marquez // Foursquare

#35. Ohio: Thai Grille


15 E College Ave.

Westerville, OH 43081

Foursquare rating: 9.0

Slurp on shrimp and chicken noodle soup, or dive into fried rice at this cozy spot. If you like it hot, they’ll turn up the heat for you.

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Thai Hot Sushi and Thai food // Facebook

#34. North Dakota: Thai Hot Sushi and Thai


01 Central Ave, W

Minot, ND 58701

Foursquare rating: 7.6

Opt for the fried rice selections at this Thai establishment that also offers sushi. Customers agree the service is fast and the wait staff is accommodating.

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Mouse C57BL/6 // Foursquare

#33. North Carolina: Sawasdee Thai Restaurant


6204 Glenwood Ave. (at Pleasant Valley Rd.)

Raleigh, NC 27612

Foursquare rating: 8.9

Tucked away in a strip mall, Sawasdee Thai Restaurant serves flavorful and delightful Thai cuisine. If you’re in the mood for ramen instead, try the tonkotsu ramen.

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QQ // Foursquare

#32. New York: SriPraPhai


64-13 39th Ave. (btwn 64th & 65th St.)

Woodside, NY 11377

Foursquare rating: 9.3

Multiple customers swear by the watercress salad at this Queens-based restaurant. Boasting more than 120 dishes, SriPraPhai offers a variety of foods to represent the many different regions of Thailand.

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Matthew Tom-Wolverton // Foursquare

#31. New Mexico: Orchid Thai Cuisine


4300 Central Ave. SE (at Graceland Dr. SE)

Albuquerque, NM 87108

Foursquare rating: 8.9

From green curry to pineapple curry, Orchid Thai Cuisine will satisfy any curry cravings you have. The head chef, Chef Bounnome, has had a long career cooking and even trained under master Thai Chef Willa Pan.

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Laurentius Torrealta // Foursquare

#30. New Jersey: Bangkok Garden


261 Main St.

Hackensack, NJ 07601

Foursquare rating: 8.7

If you like it hot, you’ll get your spice fix here — there’s even a spice rack so you can add as much as you please. The steamed mussels and papaya salad are customer favorites.

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Tammy // Foursquare

#29. New Hampshire: Thai Chili


473 S Broadway

Salem, NH 03079

Foursquare rating: 8.3

Don’t skip the Thai coffee at this Salem establishment. If you get the drunken noodles, make sure to ask for the special spicy sauce.

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Bobby Paul // Foursquare

#28. Nevada: Archi’s Thai Bistro


6345 S Rainbow Blvd. (W Sunset Rd.)

Las Vegas, NV 89118

Foursquare rating: 9.2

With so many dining options in Las Vegas, it can be difficult to settle on a good spot to eat at. Head on over to Archi’s Thai Bistro for vegetarian and vegan-friendly dining.

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Muneeb Ahmad // Foursquare

#27. Nebraska: Blue Orchid


129 N 10th St. (btw O & P)

Lincoln, NE 68508

Foursquare rating: 8.9

Customers praise the curries at Blue Orchid — the panang curry and the yellow curry won’t disappoint. Their cocktails are also worth trying, especially the spicy lemongrass cocktail.

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Jenni O. // Foursquare

#26. Montana: Lemongrass Thai Restaurant


2695 King Ave.

West Billings, MT 59102

Foursquare rating: 8.7

Dig into pineapple fried rice served in a hollowed-out half pineapple at Lemongrass Thai Restaurant. If you’re looking for a classic comfort dish, the drunken noodles hit the spot.

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Lulu's Thai Noodle Shop // Foursquare

#25. Missouri: Lulu's Thai Noodle Shop


2030 Central St. (at W 21st St.)

Kansas City, MO 64108

Foursquare rating: 8.9

Boasting street food, wok dishes, curries, and more, this restaurant offers a variety of options to meet any of your cravings. Drop in during happy hour to sip on cocktails and enjoy small plates.

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Nic Lott // Foursquare

#24. Mississippi: Surin of Thailand


3000 Old Canton Rd. Ste 105

Jackson, MS 39216

Foursquare rating: 8.6

In addition to Thai cuisine, the menu at Surin of Thailand also offers sushi, martinis, and an extensive wine list. Make sure to stop by during happy hour for discounted sushi.

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Taylor Skye // Foursquare

#23. Minnesota: On’s Kitchen Thai Cuisine


1613 University Ave. W

Saint Paul, MN 55104

Foursquare rating: 8.7

The food at On’s Kitchen Thai Cuisine has a home-cooked feel and you can taste the flavors of northern Thailand. The restaurant is family-owned and the head chef began cooking in Thailand when she was just 8 years old.

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Eric Rae // Foursquare

#22. Michigan: Thai Orchid


60 Cherry St.

Mount Clemens, MI 48043

Foursquare rating: 8.9

Start with the Thai pockets at this restaurant that prides itself on serving traditional cuisine. And make sure to finish your meal with something sweet by ordering the coconut ice cream.

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Hachikaoru // Foursquare

#21. Massachusetts: Brown Sugar Café


1033 Commonwealth Ave. (btwn Alcorn & Babcock)

Boston, MA 02215

Foursquare rating: 8.8

Brown Sugar Café boasts quick service — perfect if you’re in a hurry while dining in or looking to pick up food quickly while on the go. The food is spicy, so be prepared if you prefer your meal on the milder side.

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Yee Lau // Foursquare

#20. Maryland: Ruan Thai


11407 Amherst Ave. (at University Blvd.)

Silver Spring, MD 20902

Foursquare rating: 8.9

The dishes at Ruan Thai are full of flavor — especially the watercress salad. The restaurant also gives new life to traditional Thai dishes.

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Greg Strom // Foursquare

#19. Maine: Boda


645 Congress St. (State St.)

Portland, ME 04101

Foursquare rating: 9.2

Sample a variety of dishes with the tapas option at Boda. The quail eggs, sticky rice ball, and Brussels sprouts are not to be missed, and neither are the craft cocktails.

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Jarvis Hebert // Foursquare

#18. Louisiana: Song Phi Nong


279 Enterprise Dr.

Houma, LA 70360

Foursquare rating: 9.1

Multiple customers agree—you can’t go wrong with anything at Song Phi Nong. The crab puffs are hailed as a must-try item.

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Alyona Z // Foursquare

#17. Kentucky: Planet Thai


2417 Nicholasville Rd. (at Dennis Dr.)

Lexington, KY 40503

Foursquare rating: 8.8

Enjoy reasonably priced food at Planet Thai. The restaurant prides itself on serving high-quality and healthy food — but if you feel like being unhealthy, try the spaghetti kee mao or Planet Thai noodles.

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Arun Nair// Foursquare

#16. Kansas: Hot Basil Thai Cuisine


7528 W 119th St. (at Riley St.)

Overland Park, KS 66213

Foursquare rating: 8.8

Much like its name suggests, Hot Basil Thai Cuisine is known for its basil — everything from basil wings and Thai basil sauce to basil fried rice. Try the basil sauce with the catfish or the beef and you won’t be disappointed.

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Varun Hariwan // Foursquare

#15. Iowa: Exotic Thai


2303 E 53rd St.

Davenport, IA 52807

Foursquare rating: 9.0

Chef Mun Luangruang learned how to prepare Thai food at an early age, and she brought her knowledge with her to Exotic Thai. The restaurant has been in business since 2002, and boasts an array of options for diners who are vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free.

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Muge // Foursquare

#14. Indiana: Thai Spice


2316 E County Line Rd. (St. Peter St.)

Indianapolis, IN 46227

Foursquare rating: 9.2

Don’t miss out on the red curry at Thai Spice. Like its name suggests, they don’t skimp out on the heat — so proceed with caution.

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Mikey Berner // Foursquare

#13. Illinois: Thai House


805 Morrissey Dr.

Bloomington, IL 61701

Foursquare rating: 9.3

If you order the duck with fried rice, make sure to try the sauce it comes with. The pineapple curry is another must-try, along with the classic pad thai.

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Joe Rowett // Foursquare

#12. Idaho: Pad Thai House


1473 S Five Mile Rd.

Boise, ID 83709

Foursquare rating: 8.9

Pad Thai House has been in business and serving delicious food since 2002. Warm up with some pho or try the green curry — both are customer favorites.

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Nathan Kam // Foursquare

#11. Hawaii: Opal Thai


1030 Smith St.

Honolulu, HI 96817, United States

Foursquare rating: 8.7

This restaurant recently moved from Haleʻiwa to Honolulu, but brought all the great flavors with it to the new location. Tell the waiter your meat and spice preferences, and get a custom meal.

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Creative Loafing Atlanta // Foursquare

#10. Georgia: Little Bangkok


2225 Cheshire Bridge Rd. NE

Atlanta, GA 30324

Foursquare rating: 9.2

Don’t miss out on the basil rolls at Little Bangkok. In addition to the Thai menu, the restaurant also offers a Chinese menu.

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Travis Moffitt // Foursquare

#9. Florida: Thai Lanna and Sushi Bar


10022 Cross Creek Blvd. (at Kinnan St.)

Tampa, FL 33647

Foursquare rating: 9.1

The panang curry and Thai iced tea are recommended at this Tampa restaurant. If you’re not in the mood for Thai food, sushi is also an option — try the crunch roll.

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Jody Milburn // Foursquare

#8. Delaware: Ubon Thai Cuisine


936 Justison St. (at The Wilmington Shipyard)

Wilmington, DE 19801

Foursquare rating: 7.9

Enjoy views of the Christina River while dining at Ubon Thai Cuisine. The lunch specials are reasonably priced, and some dishes can be made vegetarian or vegan upon request.

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Diana Salazar // Foursquare

#7. Connecticut: Thai Basil


95 Railroad Ave. (btwn Doran Ct. & Greenwich Ave.)

Greenwich, CT 06830

Foursquare rating: 9.1

Try the mango curry or the lunch boxes at this Greenwich establishment. If it’s cold out and you’re searching for a dish to warm you up, the tom yum soup or duck soup will hit the spot.

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Kevin Green @MySOdotCom // Foursquare

#6. Colorado: Wild Ginger Thai Restaurant


399 W Littleton Blvd.

Littleton, CO 80120

Foursquare rating: 9.1

You can’t go wrong with anything on this menu, according to multiple customers. This spot is a favored Thai restaurant in the Denver community, and the owner makes sure guests are well taken care of.

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Mango Con Chile// Foursquare

#5. California: Lers Ros Thai


730 Larkin St. (btwn Ellis & O'Farrell St.)

San Francisco, CA 94109

Foursquare rating: 9.2

From rabbit and venison to alligator and frog, this San Francisco restaurant serves authentic and eclectic cuisine. If you’re not feeling too adventurous, the crispy pork belly is a customer favorite.

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Hao // Foursquare

#4. Arkansas: A Taste of Thai


31 E Center St.

Fayetteville, AR 72701

Foursquare rating: 8.9

The spring rolls and curries are among the top favorites at A Taste of Thai. If you like it spicy, ask for your food ‘Thai hot’ and you won’t be disappointed.

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David O. // Foursquare

#3. Arizona: Yupha's Thai Kitchen


1805 E Elliot Rd. (at S McClintock Dr.)

Tempe, AZ 85284

Foursquare rating: 8.5

If you can’t decide what to order, Yupha's fried rice, drunken noodles, and pad thai are customer favorites—but only go ‘Thai hot’ if you’re brave. If you’re craving something more authentic, opt for the curry with chunks of beef or crispy fried tilapia with Thai chili sauce.

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Alex Cameron-Sinclair // Foursquare

#2. Alaska: Lahn Pad Thai


2101 Abbott Rd.

Anchorage, AK 99507

Foursquare rating: 8.2

Boasting a large menu, Lahn Pad Thai serves up fresh Thai cuisine in Anchorage. The staff is accommodating and will help meet your dietary and taste needs.

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Kati Thai Cuisine // Facebook

#1. Alabama: Kati Thai


102 Eble St.

Gadsden, AL 35904

Foursquare rating: 8.9

The drunken noodles are a must at this small, family-owned restaurant. Stop by during the lunch special hours to enjoy authentic cuisine at a reduced price.

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