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Classic pad thai at Cruscraft Thai Street Eats in Uptown.
Cruscraft Thai Street Eats

The 14 Essential Thai Restaurants in DFW

The city's finest pad thai, nam tok beef, Thai chicken wings, and more

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Classic pad thai at Cruscraft Thai Street Eats in Uptown.
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To satisfy one’s Thai food cravings, there is no need to venture too far outside the Dallas city limits. The city’s generous selection of Thai restaurants, which includes decades old staples to newer hot spots, has the full spread.

It has options with Texan mash-ups, white tablecloth settings, cocktail lounges, no-frills street food, and specialties from the city of Bangkok to the Northern Thailand region. Most importantly, there’s a spot for every level of heat and spice.

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246 Thai Grab and Go

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Try the khao man gai (Thai variation of Hainanese chicken rice) two ways — the traditional steamed chicken or the deep-fried crispy chicken version over chicken broth-flavored rice. Or pick an entree from the Isan section of the menu, which showcases dishes from the northeastern region of Thailand, including grilled chicken wings with sticky rice and nam tok beef (a Thai beef salad). 

Too Thai Street Eats

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The festive atmosphere and the tasty specialties of Thai street food markets are recreated in this Carrollton restaurant. Order plates of fried chicken skin, nued daad dieo (seasoned beef jerky strips), kor moo yang (grilled slices of pork jowl), and ice-cold bottles of Singha to jumpstart the weekend.

Go off the beaten Thai track with northeastern appetizers such as chicken wings and homemade sausage. It’s miang kham (Betel leaves topped with toasted coconut flakes, diced ginger, lime, lemongrass, red onion, peanuts, dried shrimp, Thai chili, and sweet palm sugar-tamarind paste), rolled and eaten in one big bite, is a great starter. 

Noodle Wave Garland

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Classic Thai dishes, including pad see ew, satay, and red curry, are made with halal meats by chefs Rosie and Pete Keopaseut, who’ve been at it since 2003. This restaurant has multiple locations, so enjoy it in Garland, Frisco, Plano, Dallas, Richardson, Carrollton, and McKinney.

Best Thai Signature - Addison

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This spot is a haven for vegans, with a section in the menu dedicated to vegan-friendly dishes that aren’t just appetizers or salads. Try the soy meat stir fry and curries: crispy soy beef, pineapple fried rice with soy ham, spicy eggplant with soy duck, or soy salmon curry.

Bangkok At Belt Line

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Owner and chef Sky Prommana brings her passion for cooking the classics and baking by offering Thai afternoon tea every Saturday. Reservations are required to enjoy three tiers of savory and sweet sandwiches, pastries, and cakes, such as the Thai basil puff pastry, lychee rice pudding, and taro choux with a pot of tea.

Asian Mint

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Try the pad thai two ways with the original and the crispy pad thai with layers of added texture through deep-fried wonton strips, or the kuaitiao khua kai (wok-fried rice noodles with chicken, egg, scallion and romaine lettuce). Then ice-cold glasses of Asian fresca mocktails in mango and mint or lychee and ginger flavors are a balm in our Texas heat wave.

Si Lom Thai Asian Fusion

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Avocado lovers gravitate to the crab and avocado spring roll with crab meat, onion, tomato, and avocado tucked and rolled into a wrapper and deep fried, then served with avocado sauce. The Massaman avocado curry is also a favorite. This twist on the classic dish has a spice-packed curry with added slices of avocado that make it creamy. 

What’s on the menu here, including traditional Thai and Lao offerings, differs by location, but make a special trip to the Plano location to try “Phuket Island,” a curry with mahi mahi served inside a young coconut shell bowl. The tender coconut meat is meant to be scraped, mixed with the fish curry, and eaten with steamed rice. 

Order the Sam Neua Sawan and beer flight paired with three kinds of beef jerky: salt, spicy barbecue, Massaman curry, and three small glasses of draft beer. It’s the perfect dish to kick off a Friday night. 

Crushcraft Thai Street Eats

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Taste why this Uptown Dallas restaurant got the attention of Guy Fieri of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Tofu fries and the “Skinny B*tch” salad, a protein-packed dish with cashews, tofu cubes, greens and a peanut dressing, best exemplify its reinterpretation of Thai flavors by the Bangkok-born Jack Nuchjasem.

Bangkok City

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This East Dallas legend has been open for over 20 years and is home to delightful Thai duck dishes. Crowd favorites include the roasted duck curry, a deboned, crispy skin duck breast coated in a red curry sauce with pineapples, bell peppers and basil. Also beloved is the basil duck, a crispy minced duck doused in basil sauce with chili, onions, and fried basil. Cap off the meal with a sticky rice dessert topped with custard.

Family Thais Asian Bistro

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Standouts at this Thai oasis include fresh fish cakes, ground catfish blended with herbs, sliced green beans and red curry paste, and sweet and savory pineapple fried rice and curry with tropical fruit slices to add that extra zing. Vegetarian and vegan options are available both on the menu and by request. 

Ka-Tip Thai Street Food

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Find Thai classics at the Dallas Farmers Market and new favorites, such as khao gai yang (grilled chicken thighs) and kor moo jang with nam jim jaew (grilled pork with dipping sauce). Mango sticky rice is served seasonally from April through August, ensuring the ripest, sweetest mangoes. Swing by on a Saturday to catch the kanom krok (coconut pancakes) cooking station by the patio. 

246 Thai Grab and Go

Try the khao man gai (Thai variation of Hainanese chicken rice) two ways — the traditional steamed chicken or the deep-fried crispy chicken version over chicken broth-flavored rice. Or pick an entree from the Isan section of the menu, which showcases dishes from the northeastern region of Thailand, including grilled chicken wings with sticky rice and nam tok beef (a Thai beef salad). 

Too Thai Street Eats

The festive atmosphere and the tasty specialties of Thai street food markets are recreated in this Carrollton restaurant. Order plates of fried chicken skin, nued daad dieo (seasoned beef jerky strips), kor moo yang (grilled slices of pork jowl), and ice-cold bottles of Singha to jumpstart the weekend.

Bambu

Go off the beaten Thai track with northeastern appetizers such as chicken wings and homemade sausage. It’s miang kham (Betel leaves topped with toasted coconut flakes, diced ginger, lime, lemongrass, red onion, peanuts, dried shrimp, Thai chili, and sweet palm sugar-tamarind paste), rolled and eaten in one big bite, is a great starter. 

Noodle Wave Garland

Classic Thai dishes, including pad see ew, satay, and red curry, are made with halal meats by chefs Rosie and Pete Keopaseut, who’ve been at it since 2003. This restaurant has multiple locations, so enjoy it in Garland, Frisco, Plano, Dallas, Richardson, Carrollton, and McKinney.

Best Thai Signature - Addison

This spot is a haven for vegans, with a section in the menu dedicated to vegan-friendly dishes that aren’t just appetizers or salads. Try the soy meat stir fry and curries: crispy soy beef, pineapple fried rice with soy ham, spicy eggplant with soy duck, or soy salmon curry.

Bangkok At Belt Line

Owner and chef Sky Prommana brings her passion for cooking the classics and baking by offering Thai afternoon tea every Saturday. Reservations are required to enjoy three tiers of savory and sweet sandwiches, pastries, and cakes, such as the Thai basil puff pastry, lychee rice pudding, and taro choux with a pot of tea.

Asian Mint

Try the pad thai two ways with the original and the crispy pad thai with layers of added texture through deep-fried wonton strips, or the kuaitiao khua kai (wok-fried rice noodles with chicken, egg, scallion and romaine lettuce). Then ice-cold glasses of Asian fresca mocktails in mango and mint or lychee and ginger flavors are a balm in our Texas heat wave.

Si Lom Thai Asian Fusion

Avocado lovers gravitate to the crab and avocado spring roll with crab meat, onion, tomato, and avocado tucked and rolled into a wrapper and deep fried, then served with avocado sauce. The Massaman avocado curry is also a favorite. This twist on the classic dish has a spice-packed curry with added slices of avocado that make it creamy. 

Sakhuu

What’s on the menu here, including traditional Thai and Lao offerings, differs by location, but make a special trip to the Plano location to try “Phuket Island,” a curry with mahi mahi served inside a young coconut shell bowl. The tender coconut meat is meant to be scraped, mixed with the fish curry, and eaten with steamed rice. 

Pakpao

Order the Sam Neua Sawan and beer flight paired with three kinds of beef jerky: salt, spicy barbecue, Massaman curry, and three small glasses of draft beer. It’s the perfect dish to kick off a Friday night. 

Crushcraft Thai Street Eats

Taste why this Uptown Dallas restaurant got the attention of Guy Fieri of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Tofu fries and the “Skinny B*tch” salad, a protein-packed dish with cashews, tofu cubes, greens and a peanut dressing, best exemplify its reinterpretation of Thai flavors by the Bangkok-born Jack Nuchjasem.

Bangkok City

This East Dallas legend has been open for over 20 years and is home to delightful Thai duck dishes. Crowd favorites include the roasted duck curry, a deboned, crispy skin duck breast coated in a red curry sauce with pineapples, bell peppers and basil. Also beloved is the basil duck, a crispy minced duck doused in basil sauce with chili, onions, and fried basil. Cap off the meal with a sticky rice dessert topped with custard.

Family Thais Asian Bistro

Standouts at this Thai oasis include fresh fish cakes, ground catfish blended with herbs, sliced green beans and red curry paste, and sweet and savory pineapple fried rice and curry with tropical fruit slices to add that extra zing. Vegetarian and vegan options are available both on the menu and by request. 

Ka-Tip Thai Street Food

Find Thai classics at the Dallas Farmers Market and new favorites, such as khao gai yang (grilled chicken thighs) and kor moo jang with nam jim jaew (grilled pork with dipping sauce). Mango sticky rice is served seasonally from April through August, ensuring the ripest, sweetest mangoes. Swing by on a Saturday to catch the kanom krok (coconut pancakes) cooking station by the patio. 

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