10 Best Thai Restaurants in Metro Phoenix

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Heather Hoch
The flavor-packed yellow curry from Chanpen Thai in Phoenix.
Ranging from classy Scottsdale digs to shacks in South Phoenix, you'll get a variety of experiences from Thai restaurants in the Valley. It seems there are as many places to get your favorite pad Thai or duck curry in town as there are to get your favorite carne asada burrito or street tacos. With many of the same dishes tying every Thai menu together, there's a few distinguishing characteristics that set our 10 favorite Thai joints apart from their competitors.

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Heather Hoch
Chanpen Thai Cuisine
Chanpen Thai Cuisine can be intimidating for first-timers. The South Phoenix location isn't the nicest and the tiny hole-in-the-wall may not be the most inviting. However, once inside, you'll be met with friendly service that makes you feel like family instantly. The eats are about as authentic as it gets, and the yellow curry, in particular, is simple, flavorful, and filling. Our favorite part of Chanpen is that each table gets a selection of small jars filled with spicy mix-ins, each with its own distinct flavor really adds a kick to anything you choose from the menu.

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Jackie Mercandetti
Thai food gets a Scottsdale facelift at Soi 4 Bangkok Eatery.
Soi 4 Bangkok Eatery
If you're looking for all of the best parts of upscale dining combined with delicious Thai food, Soi 4 Bangkok Eatery is the place for you. This sleek and chic North Scottsdale by way of Oakland restaurant doesn't go for the simple, homey décor most spots on the list seem to adopt. Plus with a full bar, you can get a craft cocktail while you munch on kieow tod, pork and shrimp dumplings pan-fried and served with a ginger soy dipping sauce. You can expect to pay a bit more for the classy digs, but the food and drinks are well worth the small splurge.

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Heather Hoch
The crispy tofu in a fresh ginger and black fungus sauce at Nunthaporn's Thai is a must-try.
Nunthaporn's Thai Cuisine
While Nunthaporn's Thai Cuisine may look pretty basic, fresh and simple is the name of the game at this downtown Mesa spot. Rather than relying on thick and overly sweet premade sauces, like some Thai places do, Nunthaporn's flavor comes from fresh, authentic ingredients prepared on the spot. The pad khing shows off bright, acidic flavors with ginger, garlic and onion and contrasts them with a more umami pallet by using soy bean and black fungus. The attention to balanced flavors really shines through in each dish, creating a completely unique to the Valley Thai dining experience.

Location Info

Chanpen Thai Cuisine

2727 E. Broadway Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Soi 4 Bangkok Eatery

8787 N. Scottsdale Road, Paradise Valley, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Nunthaporn's Thai Cuisine

17 W. Main St., Mesa, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Sala Thai Restaurant

10880 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Yupha's Thai Kitchen

1805 E. Elliot Road, Tempe, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Thai Basil

403 W. University Drive, Tempe, AZ

Category: Restaurant

The Wild Thaiger

2631 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Malee's Thai Bistro

7131 E. Main St., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Thai Hut

101 E. McDowell Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Krua Thai

1601 E. Bell Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant


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cooterspud
cooterspud

If the author thinks that the cr*ptastic chain restaurant Thai Basil is better than Thai-e-San on 7th Ave and Indian School, or Siam out on the west side, she has lost all credibility...in my opinion...

Bruce Leadbetter
Bruce Leadbetter

One of those (Chanpen) is just around the corner from me and I always assumed it wasn't worth the stop . . . until now!

Molly Fuzat
Molly Fuzat

Someone forgot Thailana in Arcadia...

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