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chucha Jan 8, 2006 06:38 PM

I have never had really great thai in Dallas and am looking to change that. any suggestions in central dallas?

  1. taldeac May 23, 2013 02:24 PM

    Some of my thai favorites are
    - Zenna which has a location in downtown (also one in North Dallas and one in Plano),
    - Ginger Thai (which I believe has 2 locations)
    - Pho Que Huong is really vietnamese instead of thai but their flat noodle dishes are similar
    - Bangkok Inn in East Dallas

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    1. re: taldeac
      twinwillow Jun 8, 2013 08:22 AM

      You might also want to try these two excellent Thai restaurants that I like very much:
      Si Lom
      The best Tom Kah coconut soup I've had in Dallas. But, everything is excellent at this little sleeper.

      Sakhuu (A true hidden gem
      At Sakhuu, try their wonderful stuffed chicken wings.

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      Jon G Apr 6, 2011 12:52 PM

      Close to downtown and pretty good is Naga. Upscale environment, but not too pricey and solid. They also have Mekhong whiskey, which goes really nicely over some ice before your meal. If nothing else, underrated spot to eat at before a Mavs game.

      665 High Market Street, Dallas - (214) 953-0023

      1. twinwillow Apr 5, 2011 11:53 AM

        I've been very happy with the Thai food at Bambu. They do more unusual dishes than found at other Thai restaurants.
        Including, a killer clam dish and whole fish.

        1930 N Coit Rd #100, Richardson, TX 75080

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          tjb0722 Apr 5, 2011 06:08 AM

          I also like Bangkok on Greenville they have the best green curry I've found so far. Love "The Mint" on Forest and 75 they have excellent curry fried rice. Royal Thai is good but i think overrated (it seems to win best thai in dallas every year according to D magazine.

          Royal Thai
          5500 Greenville Ave Ste 608, Dallas, TX 75206

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            childsplate Aug 24, 2008 10:22 PM

            Noodle Wave on Spring Valley
            Noodles Avenue in Plano also very good


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              chowbo Jul 7, 2008 04:33 PM

              1. Royal Thai on Lovers
              2. Piman in Irving, TX makes the best panang curry
              3. Bangkok City on Greenville Ave

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                pplachno Jul 7, 2008 10:00 AM

                Thought I'd give an update. We ate at Thai Orchid in Addison at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, June 27, 2008. They were open until 11 p.m., so it worked out for us to go there. First off, we enjoyed everything, and the service was perfect. They made us feel very welcome. I have to say, though, that for some reason, we couldn't order anything fried! Nothing! Not even the stuffed crab claws that were on the menu insert as Specials. That was surprising. We still found plenty to like, though. All the sauces were particularly good, whether the food was cooked in the sauce or it was served as a condiment alongside.

                We had the Chicken Satay and Tulip Dumpling appetizers. Our main entrees were beef Pad King, chicken Pad Thai, and chicken Mussamun Curry. Sticky rice was served alongside, and they refilled the bowl when it was emptied. My favorite was the curry. I love the taste of the coconut milk and peanuts. My husband loved the Pad Thai. My son loved the dumplings.

                1. LewisvilleHounder Apr 7, 2008 11:24 AM

                  I will have to agree with several others on this post about Jasmine Thai in Plano. My wife and I went this past weekend and had an all around solid meal. Started off with an appetizer of Thai Herbal Chicken (chicken breast pieces dredged in a rice flour mixture that includes dried red chilis, lemon grass and white sesame seeds and then comes with a handful of fried thai basil leaves). This was by far one of the best appetizers I have had in the metroplex in a very long time, it impressed on several levels! Next we asked for recommendations from the waiter (not going to drop his name cause don't wanted to get deleted). He asked us what meat we wanted....I said tofu and seafood. He recommended the green curry for the tofu and the seafood with basil sauce. Gren curry was made to our specifications (spicy) and was just the right amount of spice without being unconfortable. The seafood with basil sauce was not our favorite but the mussels and shrimp were very fresh....mussels had no grit and were not over cooked. The seafood came with a side of chili suace so I can heat it up to my liking. The waiter was very gracious and very helpful. He stayed and chatted with us for about 10 mins before we left. I would highly recommend this place (especially if you have things to buy at ASSI market, next door). The interior was filled with Thai decorations without being cheesy. The waiter and what we could see of the cooks were all actually Thai....what a relief. Food was top notch, service even better, and atmosphere also very good. For a Saturday lunch they still impressed during their off times!! Two thumbs up for Jasmine Thai at Spring Creek and Custer in Plano.

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                    blessed02 May 19, 2008 05:58 PM

                    We just had our first meal at Jasmine Thai this weekend, and it was excellent! It was so good that we looked at each other afterward and agreed that we're actually mad we hadn't found this place earlier. It's so convenient to us, and we'd heard good reviews for a long time but just hadn't gotten around to it.

                    We had the herbal chicken appetizer, which I agree with previous posters is quite exceptional and unexpected. It was the right amount of seasoning and crispiness, without even a hint of grease. I especially liked the crisped basil leaves scattered throughout.

                    Another standout was the garlic prawns, which came with a lime fish-sauce cucumber garlic dipping sauce. The prawns are enormous, whole, and fried perfectly. Both these dishes, by the way, were recommendations by our waiter.

                    Spicy beef was lovely though a little sweeter than I had expected. Lemongrass catfish was quite nice and again - unexpected, because it came with minced chicken on top.

                    We liked Jasmine Thai very much and will be back next weekend.

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                      josquin264 May 25, 2008 05:13 PM

                      We just tried Jasmine Thai, too. Very good. Curries were elegantly flavored, pad thai was excellent, rice was excellent. The tofu was cooked nicely. Thai tea was good and and coconut ice cream was also divine. We didn't try the herbed chicken appetizer, have to try it next time. Also we'll have to try the soups.

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                    SirK219 Jan 8, 2008 11:53 AM

                    Jasmine in plano (Spring Creek & custer) has great food. The main chef is Thai. The restaurant is a little small but the service and decor are excellent. Hands down one of the best Thai places around.

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                      guinnevere Dec 1, 2007 10:27 AM

                      I think the Pad See Eew at what used to be called Star of Siam (I think it's called Thai Restaurant now...) at Spring Valley and 75 is delicious. Thairiffic had the best green curry I've had. And Thai Soon's yellow curry noodles are fantastic. And Mint is great although not authentic.

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                        theonly Nov 10, 2007 08:22 PM

                        Asian Mint in the strip center at Forest just west of Central Expwy or Thai Noodles on Fitzhugh east of Central Expwy.

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                          tasty traveler Nov 10, 2007 11:19 AM

                          mango thai on lovers is fab!

                          1. ginger7949 Nov 6, 2007 05:28 AM

                            So far the best thai we have tried in Plano was Jasmine Thai and their other location Jasmine II - formerly Nakhon Thai - The family was the same from the opening - they changed the name because the jasmine Thai location was getting more business and they wanted people to realize that they were the same family. They are both outstanding! The Tom Kha Gai is exceptional and so is the green papaya salad - albeit spicy even when ordered mild - but that's the only negative I could give. The pineapple fried rice is my all time favorite with cashews and raisins.. mmm...
                            I also like Thai rrific in North Dallas, it's in a shady parking lot but the food is good. The buffet at lunch is small but they have good choices. They make these stuffed chicken wings that are beyond my comprehension, how do they get those little bones out yet keep the wing intact?? I'll never know. Their curries are excellent as well.
                            I'd pick Jasmine over all.

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                              jossshr Nov 5, 2007 06:59 PM

                              I like Royal thai, but I like Asian Mint better (though not exclusively Thai). My favorite is Pan Acean in Coppell

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                              1. re: jossshr
                                jossshr Nov 5, 2007 07:01 PM

                                Also I like Samui Thai in Plano in the Shops at Legacy

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                                mexfan Jul 11, 2007 01:11 PM

                                On Forest and 75

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                                1. re: mexfan
                                  DFWGuy Jul 11, 2007 02:54 PM

                                  Mexfan, it is Asian Mint...but you are right, it is very good.

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                                  rk4me Jul 10, 2007 08:53 AM

                                  Over a year since this post originated ..... however would like to respond by saying that "Royal Thai" is still a great place to eat. They're located in "Old Town Shopping Center" which is on northeast corner of Greenville Ave / Lovers Lane (actual address is 5500 Greenville Ave, & phone no. is (214)691-3555.

                                  Mango Thai is located on Lovers Lane, further west than Royal Thai. I'd guestimate it's about 6 miles away. It's a decent restaurant, however I find Royal Thai to be a better choice.

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                                    chungiwoo May 30, 2007 02:39 PM

                                    Royal Thai is consistently fantastic, although waits can be long. Chow Thai in Addison is also great, and the ambiance is nice and quiet. Never had to wait to be seated there.

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                                      marwestyoga Dec 11, 2006 05:34 PM

                                      Here's another vote for Mango Thai on Lover's Lane (for a pretty restaurant in an upscale venue) and Bangkok City on upper Greenville Ave., with lesser ambience but terrific food. For me, Royal Thai puts more emphasis on the decor than the food.

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                                        randylsu Dec 10, 2006 02:06 AM

                                        I'd pay lots of money for a Dallas version of LV's Lotus of Siam, but we lack. In the meantime, we hit up our local place, Thai Noodle & Rice. I doubt it's the best Thai in town, but it's great for the price.

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                                          AppleSpam Dec 7, 2006 11:21 AM

                                          Though the parent's post requested Dallas area spots, and with no wish to hijack this thread, I will add a few more Thai restaurants which are highly recommended to Dallas friends. I have been to most of the Dallas county Thai restaurants recommended above, repeatedly, and IMO Tarrant county has competitive offerings, some on par with Dallas' best.

                                          In Las Collinas (Irving) just North of 114 & North O'Connor (and then right on Las Collinas Blvd. for about 1/4 mile) is Thai Chili (they have a second location in South Lake which is equally good). Intimate and slightly up scale (yet reasonable pricing). Good currys, corn cakes, and pad dishes. Vegan and vegetarian friendly.

                                          In the mid Cities, in Hurst, next door to North East Mall (near 183 & Bedford Rd.) on Melbourne Rd., Sweet Basil Thai Cuisine. Up scale interior yet reasonable pricing, consistently good food across much of their modest menu. Vegan and vegetarian friendly.

                                          Additionally in Bedford there is Thai Jasmine (not affiliated with any of the other Thai Jasmines), a Thai owned and operated business on Harwood Rd (accessible from 183 or 121.) Especially recommended for their vegan Sunday buffet (usually only held on the third Sunday of each month.) Appeals to all meatetarian friends. Incredibly fresh food.

                                          For Arlington, see my recommendation for Sukho Thai above. Very highly recommended. Vegan and vegetarian friendly.

                                          Lastly, for those Dallasites who somehow inexplicably find themselves in Fort Worth (worth a try, they have world class museums, a real down town night scene, and now they even have electricity and indoor plumbing) I very highly recommend Junsree Thai House on Magnolia Ave.
                                          A Thai family run, very friendly business. They grow most of their own produce so the quality is high and everything is consistently fresh. Excellent pad dishes, curries, corn cakes and salads. The lunch buffet is half vegan half meatetarian. They are very accommodating and will cook almost anything you can dream up. They will happily fulfil super spicy requests, but if you feel you need it, the secret code word (for non-natives) is simply "Angry Thai Hot" or "Joe (the owner) Angry Hot" – the hottest Thai I have ever experienced. Vegan and vegetarian friendly.
                                          Located in the medical district, accessible from I-30W (exit Summit/8th Ave., go South 3/4 mile, Left on Magnolia, restaurant store front on right) and from I-35W South (exit Rosedale, go West to Hemphill, go South to Magnolia, go West 1/4 mile, in store front on left.)

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                                            interference Oct 2, 2006 05:04 PM

                                            Has anyone tried Toy's Cafe on Lemmon Ave. just down the road from the Whole Foods? It's mostly a one-woman shop and has been there for years. I've been there a couple of times and the food was excellent and service friendly. The atmosphere is plain, but the prices are very reasonable. If you are a fan of lesser-known hole-in-the-wall type places, give it a shot!

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                                            1. re: interference
                                              irodguy Oct 3, 2006 02:24 AM

                                              Yep I would agree about Toy's it's been years, but the food was always quite good.

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                                                Scott Oct 3, 2006 03:01 PM

                                                I used to live just a few blocks away from Toy's and Thai Nipa. Both are serviceable, but I usually found myself driving to better options.


                                                1. re: interference
                                                  Jerry627 Aug 18, 2007 02:37 PM

                                                  I've been going to Toy's since they first opened. The corn patties alone will hook you on the first visit. I took my daughters there when they were younger, and now I have to take them back at least once a month. Toy is a very nice lady, and after not going there for a couple of years, she walked up and asked if I wanted the usual? Since her husband/chef passed away, she has done an excellent job of maintaining the same quality and service as always. Well worth the vistit. (my favorite is the vegetables with the Thai sauce)

                                                  1. re: Jerry627
                                                    adkim Nov 5, 2007 01:23 PM

                                                    Will whole-heartedly agree that Toy's is a gem-of-a-find. One of the few places that don't serve clumpy pad-thai. I will sometimes call in an order and just ask Toy to surprise me...she never disappoints.

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                                                  cagirlintexas Oct 1, 2006 04:18 PM

                                                  Not really sure, We just really liked the one on Skillman

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                                                    cagirlintexas Sep 24, 2006 02:19 PM

                                                    We recently tried Thai Basil in Dallas and loved it. My husband who is Thai and very picky though the food was excellent. I think this is thier info but you would have to call

                                                    Thai Basil
                                                    9090 Skillman St

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                                                    1. re: cagirlintexas
                                                      sl1 Sep 25, 2006 01:31 AM

                                                      Is'nt there a Thai Basil in North Dallas? If so, are they the same owners. I have never been to Thai Basil in N. Dallas but, I have heard that it's great.

                                                      1. re: cagirlintexas
                                                        jaime24g Aug 6, 2007 09:37 PM

                                                        Went to Thai Basil a few weeks ago and its still excellent. The house seafood plate and pineapple fried rice are very good. I cant remember the names of the other dishes we had but they were pretty good as well. I think we were there on a Friday night and the staff was playing live traditional Thai music before they closed.

                                                        I also like Thai Jasmine, Royal Thai and Best Thai in Irving. Did not like Sukho Thai in Arlington.

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                                                        mtran1977 Aug 8, 2006 10:52 PM

                                                        Everything I've ordered at Thai Soon has been great, maybe because one of the waitresses there recognizes me and brings out the good stuff.

                                                        Jasmine is great also, but if they ask you how spicy you want your food, tell them half the number you think you can handle (from a scale of 1-10).

                                                        All of the other Thai restaurants I've been to have been so-so.

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                                                          snatex Aug 8, 2006 08:35 PM

                                                          I also live near Thai Soon. I have eaten there a few times and have been unimpressed each time. I remember one time I had a salmon dish where the fish was way too fishy.

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                                                            simply_victoria Aug 8, 2006 08:31 PM

                                                            I live near Thai Soon and I find it to be pretty good, but I prefer Noodlewave if I'm going to have Thai in the neighborhood. New current obsession at Noodlewave is the peanut curry noodles!!

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                                                            1. re: simply_victoria
                                                              Scott Aug 8, 2006 10:34 PM

                                                              Peanut curry noodles. Mmmmm.


                                                              1. re: simply_victoria
                                                                ZinGal Sep 24, 2006 08:31 PM

                                                                Simply Victoria, Where is Noodlewave? I work near Thai Soon and had been a devotee for many years when they were down on Greenville. I have not been impressed since the move. They are very inconsistent. I was embarrassed when I took a group of 8 in from the office after bragging about them and then were served stale corn cakes.

                                                                1. re: ZinGal
                                                                  simply_victoria Sep 25, 2006 01:56 PM

                                                                  Noodlewave is just down Coit at Springvalley on the Northeast corner. They are right next to Shiskabob's (not very good middle eastern place).

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                                                                laurie Aug 8, 2006 11:29 AM

                                                                I'm suprised no one's mentioned Thai Soon, on Coit at Beltline in Richardson (it was on Lower Greenville for many years until it moved to Richardson in the late 90s). It has always been my favorite Thai restaurant in Dallas.

                                                                1. irodguy Aug 5, 2006 02:57 PM

                                                                  I normally go to Jasmine in Plano on Custer & Spring Creek.

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                                                                    tvmovielover Aug 5, 2006 11:21 AM

                                                                    Thai Garden on Campbell Road near Preston. It is small and inexpensive. I started going there because I eat lunch once a month with a group of women from Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. Lunch is an especially good deal with soup or salad and good sized main course for less than $8 most of the time and the Friday fish lunch is very good. My friends like their food very spicy but people like me can get less hot. They often recommend the soup of the day. Take it if they say to, all soups are great and not spicy beyond taste.

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                                                                      donnaaries May 25, 2007 11:30 AM

                                                                      Agree that Thai Garden is a great value for lunch ($8 buys entree, eggroll, & soup or salad). Jasmine Thai is a little better in my opinion, but you certainly can't beat the lunch prices at Thai Garden.

                                                                    2. bhoward Aug 4, 2006 12:17 AM

                                                                      Any of you Dallas hounds been to Thairrific lately? Mom's stuffed chicken wings were about the best ethnic dish of any type I have had in Big D.

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                                                                      1. re: bhoward
                                                                        Scott Aug 4, 2006 01:10 AM

                                                                        I go there every once in a while (usually before a movie at that theater at Webb Chapel and LBJ). Decent Thai from a Laotian family. (The first meal I had there was pretty poor, but the waitress was so friendly and seemed so disappointed that I had to give them another try.)


                                                                      2. TexasToast Aug 3, 2006 10:29 AM

                                                                        Royal Thai is good as is Chow Thai Pacific Rim (or whatever it's called up in Addison).


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                                                                          Lee Ashwood Jan 19, 2006 08:19 PM

                                                                          I love love love Bangcock City. Their appetizer menu alone can make many interesting meals.
                                                                          It's on Greenville, in a fun neighborhood.

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                                                                            Deborah Jan 12, 2006 05:21 PM

                                                                            If you don't mind a bit of a drive, there are two VERY good Thai places my husband and I go to. A plus is that both are BYOB.

                                                                            One is in Irving, Salai Thai on MacArthur near 183. The other is in Arlington, SukhoThai on Fielder near I30. I believe SukhoThai is owned by two sisters from Thailand.

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                                                                            1. re: Deborah
                                                                              AppleSpam Dec 7, 2006 10:18 AM

                                                                              Second Sukho Thai, a well established Thai family run business. Arlington has a number of Thai restaurants, but Sukho Thai in North Arlington (just South of Fielder and I-30) has been the most consistent, and arguably the best Thai restaurant in the mid-cities area. Although it may be a bit of a drive, seasoned Dallas Thai mavens continue to be impressed. No corn cakes, but an extensive menu which covers most things. Vegan and vegetarian friendly, they will cook to order almost anything you can dream up. Lastly, if you like it very spicy, the secret code word (for Caucasians) is "Turbo Thai Hot".

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                                                                              Scott Jan 11, 2006 05:10 PM

                                                                              Hoping for "great Thai" in Dallas may be a lost cause, since there aren't a whole lot of Thai people here--only 1,179 in Dallas County, per the 2000 Census. Compare that with 23,752 Indians, 21,355 Vietnamese, 11,563 Chinese, 9,303 Koreans, 6,617 Filipinos, 2,761 Pakistanis, 2,611 Laotians, 2,193 Japanese, and 1,993 Cambodians. Without a large Thai immigrant community to support restaurants, it's hard to expect much in the way of uniqueness, authenticity, or quality. There are some decent American-oriented Thai places, many of which have been mentioned by others in this thread. But if you're looking for something transcendent, you're probably going to have to go somewhere where there's a larger Thai population (e.g., Los Angeles, with 20,040).

                                                                              With that said, I really hope I'm wrong and that there's a hidden gem somewhere out there. If you find it, let us know.


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                                                                              1. re: Scott
                                                                                Dallas Alice Jan 12, 2006 08:17 AM

                                                                                I generally agree with your observation, but if there are twice as many Laotions as Thais in the area, where are the Lao restaurants? The best Lao meal I've had in Texas was in Amarillo; I don't know of a Lao place in Dallas.

                                                                                1. re: Dallas Alice
                                                                                  Frolic Jan 12, 2006 09:24 AM

                                                                                  Buy Laotian isn't trendy and increasingly popular across the country.

                                                                                  Now why aren't there better Vietnamese restaurants?

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                                                                                    Scott Jan 12, 2006 10:26 AM

                                                                                    I'm far from the most qualified person to speak on Vietnamese, but much of what I have had around here (e.g., in the Richardson/Garland area) has been good. And I hear the options may be even better in Tarrant County (which, in a more concentrated area, has nearly 20,000 Vietnamese).


                                                                                    1. re: Scott
                                                                                      Frolic Jan 12, 2006 12:48 PM

                                                                                      Ok, I guess I just need to keep searching.

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                                                                                        Scott Jan 12, 2006 01:42 PM

                                                                                        Not necessarily. You may just be more discriminating than I am. (Like I said, I'm no Vietnamese connoisseur.)

                                                                                        If you haven't checked out that area towards Garland, though, it's worth looking into. Just follow Walnut (not Walnut Hill) eastward from Greenville Ave., like you're going to Hong Kong Market Place. You'll start seeing Vietnamese restaurants and shops. There are probably 20+ just in the stretch between Audelia and Jupiter. At the Audelia end, try La Me (in the shopping center with Hong Kong Market Place). At the Jupiter end, try Pho Duy Tan. And if you find anything good or bad, please post about it here.


                                                                                        1. re: Scott
                                                                                          kaylee Aug 6, 2007 09:05 PM

                                                                                          I happen to be a huge fan of Thai and Vietnamese but found it hard to find a good authentic Vietnamese restaurant in the area so normally we'd have to take a trip to Garland or Arlington. We used to eat at Pho Duy Tan in Garland but they're no longer there. Recently we went to eat at Banana Leaf and found Pho Delavie hidden behind it (on Preston between Campbell and Frankford). It's not like most other typical Vietnamese restaurants, they actually have very friendly service and the place is super clean! The food is amazing! We love their sampler and their grilled pork chop is the best I've had anywhere. The pho isn't fatty either and the beef cuts are lean. Now whenever we crave Vietnamese food, we just go there. I hope this helps :) -K

                                                                                  2. re: Dallas Alice
                                                                                    Scott Jan 12, 2006 10:20 AM

                                                                                    Dallas Alice,

                                                                                    Some of the Thai restaurants in Dallas are actually owned and operated by Laotians. By doing Thai, they're just catering to a perceived demand (among Caucasians).

                                                                                    And, even though there are more Laotians than Thais, there still aren't that many. I don't know what it takes to form a critical mass. There are 3,624 Cubans in Dallas County, for instance, but little in the way of Cuban markets, shops, or authentic restaurants. There are 4,020 Hondurans, but Honduran restaurants are few and far between (and sometimes cloaked as Tex-Mex joints, as is the case with the very enjoyable Brothers, on Maple). At 18,197, Salvadorans seem to get some traction, though not as visibly as the much smaller Korean population (at 9,303).

                                                                                    If whites in Dallas patronized independent, non-gentrified ethnic restaurants in meaningful numbers, it would be possible to have interesting, quality restaurants without large supporting ethnic populations. For whatever reason, that doesn't seem to happen much.


                                                                                    1. re: Scott
                                                                                      soapgirl Oct 3, 2006 03:58 PM

                                                                                      "If whites in Dallas patronized independent, non-gentrified ethnic restaurants in meaningful numbers, it would be possible to have interesting, quality restaurants without large supporting ethnic populations. For whatever reason, that doesn't seem to happen much."
                                                                                      - Again, thanks for speaking out. Here! Here!!

                                                                                  3. re: Scott
                                                                                    Shawn2 Jan 12, 2006 06:15 PM

                                                                                    All of your census stats dont help anyone! There are good Thai places in Dallas and surrounding areas. Granted maybe not as many as California, Thailand or other places.

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                                                                                      Chris Jan 16, 2006 01:03 PM

                                                                                      I find the census data helpful. I am someone. Thefeore, your claim--that "the census stats don't help anyone"--is absolutely false.

                                                                                      Also, I respectfully disagree with your claim that good Thai places can be found in Dallas and surrouning areas. That has not been my experience whatsoever. Tastes and opinions vary, however.

                                                                                      1. re: Chris
                                                                                        Savant Nov 5, 2007 12:34 PM

                                                                                        I'd have to agree with you, it's hard to find a good Thai place in Dallas.......And what I abhor are chains like Samui & Bangkok City (I assume Bangkok City is a chain, as I've seen several different locations with that name).......Really bad stuff at both chains.

                                                                                        The absolute worst Thai restaurant I've tried was in Arlington. It was a few exits past Six Flags, can't remember the name of it but there was a laundromat almost next door.......It was quite simply the worst Thai food I ever had the misfortune of sampling.

                                                                                        As far as good restaurants go, I used to like the Thai place next to the KTVT sign on 75 & Forest or Royal, before they changed ownership. The ownership change occurred around 5 years ago, I think.......Now they're average at best.

                                                                                        There's a hole-in-the-wall place at Inwood & 35 which isn't bad at all. The decor is horrid, as is the exterior, but it's run by a Thai couple who have lived in Dallas for 15 years or so.......Thus, it's authentic Thai cuisine. They only accept cash, though.....The best thing on their menu is basil eggplant w/chicken (in my opinion).

                                                                                        I gave up on trying different Thai places in Dallas when the majority of them weren't living up to my expectations. I'm not trying to be offensive or anything, but it seems like a lot of people have low standards for Thai cuisine here.

                                                                                        Places that were just OK, but not great, were:

                                                                                        Banana Leaf --Preston/Frankford

                                                                                        Nakhon Thai --in Plano at Parker & Custer or Alma, but I think they changed ownership as it's no longer under the name Nakhon Thai, so I have no idea how their food is now.

                                                                                        1. re: Savant
                                                                                          donnaaries Nov 5, 2007 01:12 PM

                                                                                          Nakhon Thai is now Jasmine Thai, and if you google the boards you'll find plenty of words of praise.

                                                                                          1. re: donnaaries
                                                                                            luniz Nov 5, 2007 02:36 PM

                                                                                            I think the Bangkok City in Plano changed their name to Zenna (sp?) and now focuses more on "small plates". I think it should be open, haven't had a chance to go yet, does sound kinda interesting.

                                                                                            1. re: luniz
                                                                                              taldeac Jun 14, 2012 10:15 AM

                                                                                              I went to the Zenna in Plano the other day and loved it. I had never heard anyone talk about it but it was really good and packed. I had the pad ke mow or drunken noodles and thought they were really good.

                                                                                      2. re: Shawn2
                                                                                        mistermike Feb 10, 2006 01:47 AM

                                                                                        Well, don't leave us hangin. Tell us where to find good thai food! I happen to concur with the prior poster that the prevalence of good ethnic cuisine is related to population of the particular group.

                                                                                      3. re: Scott
                                                                                        darwincollins Apr 11, 2007 12:48 PM

                                                                                        Considering that there are more than 50,000 koreans (not less than 10,000) in Dallas County, then, I wonder if the other data is just as bad. I do not have much faith in the 'census' (based on statistical sampling) data when working with small demographic details.

                                                                                        1. re: Scott
                                                                                          darwincollins Apr 11, 2007 01:09 PM

                                                                                          This is for the Dallas/Ft Worth metroplex, according to community leaders, Census and Dallas Police Department: (for 2005)

                                                                                          Cambodia 12,000
                                                                                          Hmong (Laos) 400
                                                                                          Korea 60,000
                                                                                          Laos 7,500
                                                                                          Philippines 30,000
                                                                                          Thailand 7,500
                                                                                          Vietnam 80,000
                                                                                          India 100,000
                                                                                          Pakistan 45,000

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                                                                                          Lisa Jan 11, 2006 12:28 AM

                                                                                          Try Krua Thai on the SW corner of 635 and Abrams. It's in a sketchy hotel, but the food is fantastic. They even have Thai karaoke on the weekends.

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                                                                                            Bfong Feb 3, 2006 11:13 PM

                                                                                            Kru is great but it moved, Does anyone know where?

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                                                                                            simply_victoria Jan 10, 2006 09:44 PM

                                                                                            I liked Royal Thai. Never had a bad meal there. I also like Noodle Wave up on Spring Valley and Thai Soon on Coit.

                                                                                            I also tried, but not in a couple of months Tukta Thai. That was quite good.

                                                                                            And one really really nice meal I had was at Zoom up in Plano. That is Thai and Vietnamese. Quite delicious.

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                                                                                              Dallas Alice Jan 10, 2006 03:36 PM

                                                                                              Not strictly Thai, but with mostly Thai dishes (and the best red curry in Dallas) - Asian Mint.

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                                                                                                Shawn2 Jan 10, 2006 08:54 AM

                                                                                                Mango Thai on Lovers Lane
                                                                                                Royal Thai in Old Town Shopping Center
                                                                                                Bangkok City on Greenville
                                                                                                I dont know if these are the best, but I enjoy all three.

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                                                                                                  Kirk Jan 10, 2006 10:21 AM

                                                                                                  Thai Orchid on Belt Line in Addison is also very good.

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                                                                                                    Anthony Gheno Feb 24, 2006 06:39 PM

                                                                                                    Jasmine's on the south-east corner of Custer and Spring Creek in Plano. I prefer their curries over the offering from Asian Mint (although Mint follows close behind) and my wife claims they have the best Pad Thai.

                                                                                                    I think I might give Thai Orchid a try tonight. :)

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                                                                                                      SecretAsianMan May 12, 2006 03:54 PM

                                                                                                      Have anyone ever been to Best Thai in Addison? It hides in a small strip mall at:

                                                                                                      14833 Midway Rd # 100
                                                                                                      Addison, TX 75001-4945
                                                                                                      Phone: 972-239-6334

                                                                                                      And is the best thai (no pun intended) that I have eaten in these parts. I recommend that you start with the Salmon Rolls. Small rice paper wrapped rolls stuffed with a slice of cooked salmon with spinach and deep fried to a crispy delight and tied at the top with a green onion ribbon. Delicious.
                                                                                                      Then onto the main dishes which feature different noodle dishes as well as curries of your choice that pair up with a meat or tofu of your choice. A full bar is offered and the staff is prompt and comfortable with English. The interior rocks and one can impress a date at the very door of the restaurant that sports elephant tusks handles to the small enclave inside with a thatched roof for effect. Or one can sit on long sofa's at table and lean on the Thai armrests that give support to weary diners in grand Thai style. A hidden gem and one well worth the trouble to find.

                                                                                                      David Arya

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                                                                                                        snatex Aug 7, 2006 02:05 PM

                                                                                                        Thanks for the Best Thai reccomendation. I was very impressed with my first experience. I had salmon rolls, dumplings, chicken volcano, and thai steak delivered. Everything was very good. Looking forward to trying more.

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                                                                                                          Al_Pal Apr 8, 2008 06:56 PM

                                                                                                          I've been a fan of Best Thai for YEARS! They also have two other locations - one on the northwest corner of Preston and Royal and one in Frisco. I haven't tried the Frisco one, but of the other two, I tend to prefer the food at the one in Addison.

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                                                                                                            chef51 Jul 1, 2008 07:52 AM

                                                                                                            i love this place, i have been going to it for awhile now...excellent spicy noodles

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                                                                                                        Scagnetti Jan 10, 2006 07:03 PM

                                                                                                        Second Royal Thai.

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                                                                                                          TexasToast Oct 1, 2006 09:48 PM

                                                                                                          Been to all three Shawn2. They're good.


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