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MSP-Best Thai in the cities

For the last year I have been on a Thai kick after reading the Papaya salad-Happiness in a dish post. I tried different Thai places all over town. It turns out my favorite was surprinsingly in my back yard-Chanhassen in the western suburbs. I also discovered that it is a great Thai Restaurant. They do everything well. There Tom Yum has a great balance of sweet and sour the papaya salad is crisp and pops with flavor. The menu seems to be authentic...


There are some dissapointments...The pho wasn't anywhere as good as Jasmine Deli or Quang's...I wasn't even aware that Pho was a Thai dish. Anyways I think this place is worth a trip for anyone in MSP and a gem for those living in the suburb wastelands.

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  1. For those who would rather not have to follow links, or who may come upon this thread via the search function, here is the name of the restaurant Dave is talking about:

    Na's Thai Cafe
    566 West 78th Street
    Chanhassen, MN 55317
    (952) 949-1125

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    1. re: KTFoley

      Since this thread reappeared, I'm adding a places link. The links in the burbs need to be populated with good choices.

      Na's Thai Cafe
      566 W 78th St, Chanhassen, MN 55317

    2. I've eaten mostly at True Thai for the past few years. Eating in is better than taking out. The fresh young ginger, wok-fried cashews, and curry green beans are favorites. Tom yum is a bit fishier than I like.
      I've had some pretty good stuff at Ruam Mit, Tom Rup, and Chiang Mai too.

      1. True Thai (on Franklin?) used to be good when it opened, but the last time I was there the Tom Yum Kum was pathetic; mostly broth with a few pieces of chicken and straw mushrooms.

        Dave, can you say more about the TYK soup at the Chanhassen restaurant? Have you tried anything else? (The Papaya salad concept doesn't interest me much, unfortunately.)

        1. We ate True Thai takeout for the first time several weeks ago, and I got the young ginger with tofu...it was gloppy like bad Chinese. The Laab had pink tomatoes (understandablely, it's February) and wilted iceberg lettuce (no cabbage?). They gave us fortune cookies. They had crab rangoon on the menu. How is this not a Chinese restaurant? I will not go back.

          Anyway, this is about the best.

          The best in Mpls is without a doubt Chai's (hi, I'm a broken record). Best green papaya salad, best tom yum, Thai jerky, massaman, green curry, ginger black bean shrimp, the specials are tops (the mahi mahi last week was fantastic, panang w/ duck the week prior), no corkage on BYO...good luck finding parking though.


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          1. re: Foureyes137

            KT...Thanks for adding the name, Sorry I missed that,

            Enso....the Tom yum soup is loaded with mushrooms. Sorry I don't know what variety but they are tasty. The broth is what makes the soup just like in a good pho. The broth is bursting with flavor due to the lemongrass and citrus flavors. I can also report that the Pad Mee is excellent. I think the chef (Na) is a stickler for fresh ingredients...this makes all the difference.

            1. re: Foureyes137

              Have to agree with Foureyes137.

              We love Chai's.

            2. I wish Ketsana's at 76th and Lyndale was still open, they had the best Pad Thai. I don't mind Sawatdee at all, and Uptown's Kimson is good too. I also have enjoyed Tum Rup Thai twice in Uptown.

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              1. You're right about True Thai, the takeout is terrible. I feel rushed when I order over the phone, and forget to tell them how spicy I want my food. Then I pick it up, drive home (it's not too close but there's no good Thai near Lake Nokomis) and get bland bland bland Thai food.

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                1. re: sullysully

                  Half the reason we ordered from there was our friends told us about and insisted we experience the woman who takes your order over the phone...hurriedly saying "And then..." after every item. If you've ever seen the movie Dude Where's My Car (what? you're too good for DWMC?)...this is actually hilarious. Trust me.

                  1. re: Foureyes137

                    Yeah, she's crazy. The first time I called I thought she was a recording.

                2. Check out Amazing Thailand on Hennepin in Uptown

                  Amazing Thailand
                  3024 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408

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                  1. re: amgarrison

                    I thought Amazing Thailand was very pretty, but not very exciting.

                  2. I would argue that Chai's is certainly the best I have had in the Cities. Their Tom Kha and their curries are particularly delicious, though there isn't a single dish I have had there that hasn't at least been very good.
                    I've eaten at true Thai about five times. After two I decided I wouldn't go back, but after seeing glowing recommendations here on chowhound, I decided to try it again. Three more times, and I still have been underwhelmed with everything I have eaten there. It is never spicy enough, and the flavors aren't bright like they are at Chai's.
                    One thing to note about Chai's is the servings are not huge. It certainly will be enough food to hold you comfortably until your next meal, but it may leave you wanting a bite or two more. I actually love to see this in a restaurant, so for me it is a benefit rather than a detraction.

                    Chai's Thai Restaurant
                    414 1/2 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55454

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                    1. re: kolgrim

                      Another thing to note is that Chai's has no vegetarian main dishes.