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good Thai food in the triangle

I've only had Thai food a couple of times and really enjoyed it, what are some good restaurants in the triangle area?

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  1. Thai House in Raleigh is my local favorite. Sawasdee is also much appreciated.

    In RTP, try Thai Lanna.

    Thai Lanna Restaurant
    5410 Nc Highway 55 Ste F, Durham, NC 27713

    Sawasdee Thai Restaurant
    3601 Capital Blvd Ste 107, Raleigh, NC 27604

    Thai House Cuisine
    1408 Hardimont Rd, Raleigh, NC 27609

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    1. Agree with Thai Lanna for sure... only been to Sawasdee once, but definitely enjoyed.

      1. My fav in the area is Thai Villa in Cary. Yum!

        Thai Villa
        1319 Buck Jones Rd, Raleigh, NC 27606

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        1. re: aeron75

          I love Lemongrass off of Litchford Road in Raleigh. I eat there at least twice a week. They have a great lunch special for $8. It includes a drink, an appetizer, and and an entree. They offer this deal 7 days a week.

        2. Thai Cafe on University in Durham

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            1. re: BryanZ

              I'll just have to personally disagree with you there.

              1. re: TSQ75

                and I have to personally agree with BryanZ on it not being very good. i think Twisted Noodles wins out as the better Thai restaurant of the two.

                1. re: mikeh

                  I'm only familiar with the Thai places on the west end of the Triangle and of those my go-to place is Thai Palace in Chapel Hill.

                  1. re: mikeh

                    i too agree with Bryan Z: twisted noodle is far better. if you are in raleigh sawasdee is my fave.

                    1. re: pheebs

                      i'll put in a third vote for twisted noodle. i don't make it out as far as cary/raleigh, so of the thai places i've tried in durham, definitely #1 twisted noodle, and thai cafe has decent lunch specials but comes in at a distant second.

            2. viva thai in Cary. Very accomodating, always cooked to order and delicious!

              1. Wasabi in Cary (MacGregor Village) is good. It's a sushi place that also has a Thai menu.

                1. Thai Villa on Buck Jones Road. I would say it is very authentic, when we went to Thailand and tried the food there, it was very similar to the food you will get at Thai Villa. Just be careful of the number of chillies you ask for in your dish. That denotes how spicy you want it to be, and if your threshold of pain is less for me, go for one chilly otherwise it will hurt :)

                  1. Twisted Noodles is the best I've tried so far. They have the largest Thai offering available in the Triangle with over 120 Thai dishes. They were recently featured in Bon App├ętit's BEST OF THE YEAR issue as well. I was a Thai Cafe regular, and before that I frequented Thai Palace. Twisted Noodles just has more to offer at an affordable price.

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                    1. re: andywaldrop

                      Have the folks at Twisted Noodles been able to get a grip on having more than a couple of tables seated without the service breaking down completely? I really like their food, but it's always been just so stressful just being in there because the servers were stressed out.

                      1. re: suse

                        No, but that's why I always do takeout ;-)

                      2. re: andywaldrop

                        I had meant to hit Twisted Noodles and as a result of this thread, finally got there over the weekend. I've eaten at most of the Thai places mentioned in this thread, and I find it's very near the top. The Tom Yum in particular was some of the best I've had anywhere.

                      3. My (Thai) wife and I live in western NC but recently spent a few nights in the Raleigh/Durham area. We lived in Bangkok for 12 years so know Thai food and we are always looking for authentic Thai, and which is very hard to find in our part of the state. In Raleigh we rated Thai House Cuisine (1408 Hardimont Road) as an excellent place and Thai Cafe (2501 University Drive) as only fair-good. In Durham we tried Thai Lanna (5410 NC Highway 55 East) and found it to be another excellent Thai restaurant.

                        1. For those of you familiar with Neo China in Cary, they are adding Thai to their menu. I ate Chinese there last week and they have a 101 health score.

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                          1. re: ThaiNut

                            Funny I've never heard that and I spent 30 years in the restaurant industry and built dozens of different restaurant concepts in a couple of states.

                            1. re: ttfickling

                              I prescribe to this principle as well. Plus, I think it's an insult to the cuisines to put them together like that-- unless there is some underlying logical reason like one owner is Chinese and another Thai.

                              1. re: bbqme

                                Thanks for coming to my defense on that one but I have to admit that
                                ttfickling had every right to call me out on my remark. I should have qualified the remark by limiting it to Asian foods. Asian restaurants can get away with mixing cuisines here largely because the average American customer doesn't have the vaguest idea whether or not the food he is eating is authentic, or even close to authentic. And food critics are usually equally clueless. It is just too easy for a Chinese restaurant to add some dishes that they call Thai, so as to widen their niche, and the stuff may actually taste good, but it takes a person who has lived in, and not just visited Thailand to be able to make the distinction.

                                1. re: ThaiNut

                                  I'll back you up too. Even with asian cuisines. It always seems like a sign to me that they don't really have any kind of vision of what they want to do.

                            2. re: ttfickling

                              How in the Sam Hill does one score 101??

                              1. re: LulusMom

                                Two extra points for having at least one employee with a food handling safety class certification such as ServSafe. That employee need not even be a hands-on prep person. It's frequently the manager.

                                But what does a health department score have to do with how the food tastes?