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Great Thai in Phoenix?

chaiwalla Jul 20, 2007 09:18 PM

Any recommendations for great thai restaurants? I would prefer one in the NE valley (tatum/101), but am definitely willing to travel for a great restaurant.

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    wrightp Jul 31, 2008 12:56 PM

    Sala Thai on 32nd Street is very good. Swaddee in Scottsdale is good, also.

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      Booger Jul 23, 2007 05:22 PM

      Krua Thai (tiny place in North Phoenix) is wonderful. I am very fortunate to live so close.

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      1. re: Booger
        Tillman Jul 25, 2007 08:47 AM

        Do you have an address or general location for Krua Thai?

        Thanks, Pete Tillman, always on the lookout for good No.PHX cuisine

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          Firenza00 Jul 25, 2007 09:32 AM

          SE corner of Bell Rd and 16th Street. It's hard to see. Look for the Taste of India restaurant and it's in the same plaza. It's a hole in the wall place. Very small, but I really enjoyed my panang the one time I went for lunch.

          Krua Thai Cuisine
          1601 E Bell Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85022

      2. Firenza00 Jul 21, 2007 10:13 AM

        Our standbys are Osha Thai Cafe and Chanpen. I LOVE Osha's Tom Kha soup. They have really good peanut sauce for their satay as well. Most of the items I've tried I would definitely get again. The only thing I'm not keen on is their pad thai, but pad thai is a very personal preference. Chanpen also has great satay with a spicier peanut sauce. My g/f is in love with their garlic chicken, since it comes with a large amount of crunchy roasted garlic chips on top.
        We are also fans of Thai Pan at Miller and Pinnacle Peak in N Scottsdale. Awesome lettuce wraps and the food comes out very fast, but it's always good.

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        1. re: Firenza00
          ciaogal Jul 21, 2007 10:22 AM

          Another place that gets mixed revies on this board which has IMO great Thai and Vietnamese Cuisine is Shanghai Palace.....

          I have to 2nd Swadee in Scottsdale.....one of our favorites.

          I tried MIKE THAI in Mesa last week for lunch, the Panang Curry was fabulous!

          Shanghai Palace
          7901 E Thomas Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

          Mike Thai
          5110 E Southern Ave, Mesa, AZ 85206

          1. re: ciaogal
            Firenza00 Jul 21, 2007 11:19 AM

            We've been to Shanghai Palace and are in the underwhelmed crowd. A lot of our appetizers had an institutional look and taste, which was disappointing.

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              chaiwalla Jul 21, 2007 05:53 PM

              Thank you for your recommendations. I've heard some friends talk about Thai Lana (I think it's on Shea). Is that any good?

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                johnseberg Jul 21, 2007 06:38 PM

                The only thing, with which I am familiar, with a similar name, is Thai Lahna. It's in the strip mall on the NW corner of 38th St and Indian School Road in Phoenix. I sure I'm thinking of the same place, commented on by twodogs above, with the alternate spelling.

                Thai Lahna Restaurant
                3738 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85018

        2. twodogs Jul 21, 2007 10:06 AM

          Malee's is very trendy and has a great atmosphere but as far as Thai food ,it's at the bottom of my list.I have eaten at both locations several times and always wonder why I gave it another try.It's what China Bistro is to Chinese food,almost!
          My top picks for "real" Thai food are #1 Chanpen Thai, 51st. Ave. and Thunderbird
          #2 Line Thai, 99th. Ave and Bell #3 Thai Lhana, 37th .St. and Indian School
          Posters here have complained about the service at Thai Lhana but I have always had good service there.I think they fall down during rush times.

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          1. re: twodogs
            themis Jul 21, 2007 12:05 PM

            I will agree with twodogs' ranking here except I would put Swaddee Thai at the top and bump the others down one notch. With the caveat that I only haunted the Chandler location, I don't know about Scottsdale. You can describe dishes that you had in Thailand but your stupid brain refuses to remember what they were called, and they will make them for you just as hot as you'd like it, perfectly fresh and flavorful.

            And then maybe I would give Wild Thaiger and Thai Lahna a tied ranking.

            Is that Thaifoon place still in Scottsdale, has anyone been? Outside of it obviously being a scene-y place is the food decent?

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              ciaogal Jul 21, 2007 12:28 PM

              Thaifoon is average....I honestly don't know how they make it.
              The food is bland for thai food and uninspiring. It never seems to be busy.....
              They do a great Happy Hour special...1/2 price appetizers and $5 drinks.....
              otherwise I wouldn't bother...


              Thaifoon Taste of Asia
              8777 N Scottsdale Rd, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

            2. re: twodogs
              bluecat Jul 21, 2007 05:51 PM

              I have to get to Line Thai -

              Chanpen Thai
              13828 N 51st Ave, Glendale, AZ 85306

              Line Thai Resteraunt
              9805 W Bell Rd, Sun City, AZ 85351

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              andyeats Jul 21, 2007 06:42 AM

              I think Swaddee Thai is one of the best Thai restaurants in the Valley. I've also heard good things about Osha Thai but haven't tried it yet.

              Osha Thai Cafe
              10953 N Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85259

              Swaddee Thai Cuisine
              8989 E Via Linda Ste 101, Scottsdale, AZ 85258

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              1. re: andyeats
                Detroitgirl Aug 4, 2008 08:11 PM

                Swaddee is amazing. I also like Mint Thai Cafe (in Gilbert) and Siamese Cat (in Tempe off the 101 and Baseline).

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                AZBconcierge Jul 20, 2007 09:39 PM

                Malee's yum

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                1. re: AZBconcierge
                  johnseberg Jul 20, 2007 09:49 PM

                  I like Malee's in "Old Town" Scottsdale. I've never been to the Desert Ridge location. There is a nice list of Thai places in this thread:

                  21001 N Tatum Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85050

                  Malee's On Main
                  7131 E Main St, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

                  1. re: AZBconcierge
                    Spudster Jul 30, 2008 07:09 PM

                    Last time I went to Malee's they tried to sell me some TEMPURA SHRIMPS WITH EXOTIC SPICES. Nice if you are a businessman from Milwaukee.

                    I find the majority of Thai joints in Phoenix to be a clumsy fusion of Chinese/Pacific/Thai served with a slice of orange.

                    For the real deal (yes I have street credibility here, having spent lots of time in the north of Thailand) try Krua Thai. Nothing pretentious about the place. Simple provincial Thai cuisine served just like Mom's. Give the red curry a try. The larb is always spot on. The old stand by of mango with stick rice always is a treat.

                    Put aside your expectations and try some original Thai cuisine. Ask for it "pet pet" and be prepared to order a sugary Pepsi to cool your tongue.

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