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Jun 19, 2008 07:39 AM

Thai Food in Philly, Thoughts?

I'm visiting Philly on Saturday night and my friends would like to have Thai food. This is a special occasion, but we don't want to break the bank. We will also have a small infant, which rules out anything really fancy or hipster.

Thoughts on which Thai restaurant is best for this?

I've narrowed it down to

Lemon Grass
Cafe Loas
Chabaa Thai

I was thinking Chabba Thai is the best option.


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  1. I have never been to Chabaa Thai. I have been to both Lemon Grass and Cafe Laos (I believe the same owner for both restaurants). Those two are my favorite.

    Chabaa Thai looks nice and the menu is reasonably priced. Please reply back with your Chabba experience!

    1. I've not been to any of these, but I've always enjoyed Tamarind on 2nd and South. It is byob, which helps to keep things reasonable. Not too fancy / hipster.

      1. Cafe de Laos beats Chabaa Thai with a stick. I've never been to Lemon Grass.

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        1. re: Buckethead

          Aqua (around 7th and Chestnut) is Malaysian, but it's my favorite!

        2. I would say Cafe de Laos, but honestly, I don't think Philly has great Thai.

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          1. re: saturninus

            being from DC i am spoiled by good thai food and absolutely agree with that statement! used to be my fave cuisine... and still is whenever i visit my friends in the pacific NW.

            that said, the best i've found:
            smile cafe
            TRIO! (new find - get the beggar's pouches and drunken noodles!)
            laos (get the cabbage salad... sooooo good)
            pad thai

            my LEAST favorites:
            lemon grass
            siam lotus (menu no fun)
            a west phila establishment i've been to, name fails me but PRETTY sure it was thai singha house
            pad thai shack (NOT to be confused with pad thai at 2nd and south)

            still need to try:
            my thai

            everything else falls in the middle, nothing to write home or even blog on chowhounds about - tamarind, siam cuisine (as of late - used to like them), etc

          2. Erawan Thai Cuisine. 123 s. 23rd. Good food, but not a BYOB. Not expensive. Here is a link to the menu.

            For any who are interested, there is also a lovely place in Huntington Valley calle White Elephant.