It’s true: Calle Ocho is not where you expect to find good Thai food. And yet there it is: the cozy, no-frills building on 8th Street, standing bright and loud, serving the city’s best Thai food. Here, Chef Veenuthtapon Trisransri (or “Bas,” as we locals know him) whips up tapas-style Thai. Curries range from red, green, panang and massaman. And don’t forget about the yum ped—a crispy duck salad with chilies, pineapple, cashews and a spicy lime dressing. But wait! You missed the palo moo soup with spiced pork broth, tender yet crisp pork belly, tofu and shiitake mushrooms. The caveat: There’s a rule that you can’t order more than once, so take your time and be extra sure you’re ready.
One theme links Miami’s best Thai restaurants together: they’re all hidden in unexpected places. Whether in an unassuming strip mall out west (far from the best Miami attractions) or on the main drag of Calle Ocho (a street more known for finding the best Cuban sandwich in Miami), delicious Thai food in this city will take some searching. But you'll be glad you spent the time looking when you're full, happy and on your way to one of the best Miami beaches.