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The best Thai food in America

These restaurants serve the best Thai food in America, from noodles to satay, dumplings, pad thai and more

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Few cuisines are as beloved as Thai: that balance of hot, sour, salty and sweet is truly addictive. Sure, we love the best burgers in America, the best pizza in America and the best tacos in America, but more often than not, we find ourselves craving delicious pad thai, dumplings, noodles and satay—perennially searching for the best Thai food in America. When that happens, we hit up these restaurants across the country. 

Best Thai food in America

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Thai Gourmet in Houston, TX

icon-location-pin Briar Meadow

Houstonites adore this low-key spot, where flavorful, filling dishes such as Massaman curry, drunken noodles and basil beef are prepared with a deft hand that elevates them well beyond their “Thai classics” status. The food is reliably delicious, featuring plenty of aromatics, including ginger, galangal, turmeric and lemongrass.

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Sticky Rice in Chicago, IL

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What we love about this colorful and bustling storefront is that it keeps our interest piqued with new concoctions every couple of weeks. Check the tiny chalkboard for specials, but supplement with tried-and-true favorites such as house-made spicy fermented pork sausage, probably the best gang hung lay (pork in sweet, garlicky, ginger-laden curry) in town, and kua kae, a stir-fry of chicken, baby corn, eggplant, shredded lime leaves and roasted rice powder that has a gingery citrus tang. Vegetarian options abound.

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Supannee House of Thai
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Supannee House of Thai in San Diego, CA

icon-location-pin La Playa

This homey, family-friendly spot emphasizes fresh, locally grown vegetables and herbs in its extensive menu of Thai dishes both classic (tom yum soup, drunken noodles) and lesser-known (po tak, a coastal seafood soup). The result is a lighter, fresher take on Thai food that’s a perfect match for its SoCal surroundings.

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Sen Yai Sen Lek
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Sen Yai Sen Lek in Minneapolis, MN

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Carb lovers, take note: this northeast Minneapolis favorite—whose name translates to “big noodle, little noodle”—specializes in rice and noodle entrees, plus Isan sticky rice. The latter dishes feature warm, fragrant sticky rice accompanied by northern Thai specialties including tum tua (long bean salad with garlic, peanuts and dried shrimp); nuea dat deow (dried beef seasoned with coriander seeds); and nuea yang naam tok, marinated steak salad with mint, cilantro and nutty toasted rice powder.

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NaiYaRa in Miami, FL

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Beloved Miami Chef Bee brings street food from his Thai homeland to his adopted hometown of South Beach. Menu standouts include the popular tom khagi, a luscious mushroom and chicken soup in coconut broth, and crispy popcorn shrimp—both delectable appetizers that prepare the palate for bold, flavorful mains like Massaman curry and a standout pad thai. NaiYaRa’s cocktail program is another draw, boasting spirit-forward cocktails featuring an array of Thai herbs and spices.

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