Dallas' Five Best Thai Restaurants

Categories: Best Of Dallas

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Catherine Downes
It's kind of gross outside lately. Perhaps we're about to pay for what was a relatively mild summer with a long and brutal winter. At least we don't have the Super Bowl to worry about this go around. Instead we can focus our attention on remedies that warm us from the inside out. The curries, stir-fries and other dishes of Thai cuisine hit with a heavy dose of chili that can make our skin pink and our noses runny -- just like a long walk through the snow.

Eat up. The green shoots and flower buds of March are far, far away.

Pakpao Thai Food (pictured above)
If heat is your thing, Pakpao is a good place to be. Curries here are inherently spicy, not because you've ordered one through five stars but because heat is inherent in many of chef Eddy Thretipthuangsin's recipes. If you don't want hot, ask a waitress and you'll be happily pointed towards dishes that are more mild. If you want hotter, go with the green or massaman curries. If you want hotter still, Thretipthuangsin has a condiment or two made especially for you.

*****

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Malai
Malai may lose favor with some for its quirky plating (sharing here is tough) and timid cooking (you won't find any tripe on the menu here) but the dishes are made with good, fresh ingredients and the flavors are big. Come for happy hour and enjoy the appetizers that are easily the best part of the menu on the cheap.

*****

Location Info

Sakhuu Thai Cuisine

4801 Bryan St., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Bangkok City

4301 Bryan St., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Malai Thai Vietnamese Kitchen

3699 McKinney Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Pakpao Thai Food

1628 Oak Lawn Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

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jskipworth202
jskipworth202

ARE THESE RESTAURANTS PAYING YOU GUYS FOR THESE REVIEWS?!?!


Malai is absolutely horrible. Flavorless and Americanized. Typical uptown, pretentious, overpriced B.S.


There is nothing wrong with Royal Thai, but if this is truly considered a "top 5," then Dallas isn't the "City of Ate," it's the city of MEDIOCRITY.


ZenSe in Las Colinas blows both these places away, and if you want the real Thai experience, go to Nalinh Market on Lp 12 Irving Blvd. Hole in the wall deliciousness. 

DeLaNate
DeLaNate

The Massaman curry at Thai Chili in Las Colinas is just about my favorite bowl of food on the planet or any other planet for that matter.

CitizenKane
CitizenKane

Bangkok City is also BYOB; they do have a wine/beer list, but customers are welcome to BYOB without any corkage fees................

kayo
kayo

I like Royal Thai too, but my favorite Thai place is an obscure little establishment just outside Lake Highlands; it's Tukta Thai on Plano Road.  The Pla Lard Prik and Shrimp Panang can't be beat.  Great atmosphere and service too.

goodhugh
goodhugh

How can you NOT include Royal Thai.  Best in town.....


Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

The way they plate the food wouldn't stop me from sharing.

Nictacular
Nictacular

35 stars...

I don't know why the Thai people never started a space program. Holy crap.

cyrrndr
cyrrndr

@kayo 100% correct. Tukta Thai is the Thai place my Thai friends all like going to the most.

J_A_
J_A_

Disagree.

acrow
acrow

@goodhugh Agreed 100%.  Had dinner at Royal Thai last Thursday.  Other than Pakpao, it is better than everything on this list.

jmckee3
jmckee3

@goodhugh It does seem to be a major omission. It might not be the best Thai food but total package, price, food, and atmosphere it is had to beat.

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