The BEST Thai Food & Restaurants in Portland | 25+ Suggestions

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It's food week on PDX Pipeline. On Tuesday, we answered the question of where to find the best Indian food in Portland. We are also looking for the best Pizza in Portland today on twitter. If you've lived in Portland for any amount of time, you know that saying “The best Thai restaurant in Portland” will nearly always lead to an argument. Because of this, I always say  “the second best Thai restaurant in Portland is“. It's clean living people.

Anyway, there are many, many answers from twitter and Facebook of where the best Thai food in Portland can be found. I didn't count them all, but at least 40 replies/suggestions and 20 or so different restaurants. The top thai restaurants in Portland (or most recommended) seem to be Baan Thai by PSU, E san, and my personal favorite– Pad Thai Kitchen on SE Belmont. There are several mentioned below that I haven't tried yet though, so it's time for a Thai expedition.

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What is the best Thai food (Restuarants) in Portland? 25+ replies after the break…

From Facebook (My Facebook friends are quite knowledgeable. Also, Facebook really copied twitter didn't they? These pastes from both places look almost identical)

  • Briana Bononcini Lowe

    Briana Bononcini Lowe

    Peemkeaw on the NW Park Blocks (though I probably butchered the spelling)
  • Jennifer Floyd

    Jennifer Floyd
    e-San, hands down.
  • Kelly Clarke

    Kelly Clarke
    Sawasdee Thai—excellent cart in the 10th and Alder pod downtown.
  • Cora B Conzoner

    Cora B Conzoner
    Pad Thai Kitchen on 23rd and Belmont. Best I've found!
  • Stacy Day

    Stacy Day
    e-San, Mai Thai + Typhoon!
  • Jackson Peter Sherwood
    Jackson Peter Sherwood
    Portland E-san (especially the happy hour, 17 items)
    Vancouver- Arawon
  • Karl Lind

    Pad Thai Kitchen @# 23rd and Belmont and Chaba Thai @ 57th and Sandy
  • Andy Askren

    Andy Askren
    put me down for PKs on NW Park blocks…
  • Terence Flanagan

    Terence Flanagan
    I dunno there are about 4 real good one where i've moved. But Pad Thai Kitchen is still maybe my favorite
  • Jason Simms

    Jason Simms
    The Thai Basil cart on SW 2nd and Oak. Huge, tasty portions and a drink for $5!
  • Jessica Lyness
    Jessica Lyness
    Baan Thai near PSU, Pad Thai Kitchen on Belmont, Chaba Thai on Sandy & Thai Ginger on North Portland Blvd.
  • Sean Harry
    Sean Harry
    I'm with Jessica, Bahn Thai near PSU is where all the Thai students go when they want a taste of home.
  • Ann Siqveland
    Ann Siqveland
    Pad Thai Kitchen on Belmont for it's drunken noodles and ever-so-attentive soup-nazi-like staff.
  • Brian Connolly

    Brian Connolly
    Pad Thai Kitchen… but you could probably guess that one from me.
  • Kristina Weis
    Kristina Weis
    I'm not a big Thai person, but a lot of people I know love Thai Lahna in Sellwood.
  • Luther Blanton

    Luther Blanton
    Sweet Basil on NE Broadway or Ban Thai on Belmont @ 34th.
  • Terry Gentry
    Terry Gentry
    Than Thao 4005 SE Hawthorne Blvd. I know it has just as many Vietnamese dishes, but I love this restaurant.

Now, the Answers from Twitter:

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9 Responses to The BEST Thai Food & Restaurants in Portland | 25+ Suggestions

  1. @missorian May 14, 2009 at 3:02 pm #

    so the thai bbq place in fubon is called miwan bbq. they have incredible delicious duck and pork. does pok pok count as thai? or is it thai ish? i love esans fried rice and tuk tuk is amazing

  2. Chris May 14, 2009 at 7:56 pm #

    Wow! No mention of Singha in Lake Grove? Consistently excellent and the only Thai place that does Massaman curry the right (traditional) way.

  3. bcjanes May 14, 2009 at 8:05 pm #

    I forgot to mention in my twitter reply that I always order Pad Thai from Thai Orchid XXX spicy – it’s awesome!

  4. Jim May 14, 2009 at 9:13 pm #

    Wanted to expound upon my Twitter reply about Beau Thai–not only is the food excellent but the staff is wonderful! If you’re feeling under the weather their chicken noodle soup will cure what ails you….

  5. navid May 21, 2009 at 8:22 pm #

    …Pok Pok is different comparing to others. Khao Soi Kai noodle soup is a must have. It’s so tasty my mouth is watering talking about it! The Fish sauce chicken wings and the flank stake dish are definitely worth trying.

    Chaba Thai is defintly worth trying as well.

  6. Michael May 28, 2009 at 11:20 pm #

    Thai Fresh on 84th and Division is a secret gem with great service and thee best Thai food in Portland. Hands down.

  7. Ebbie September 7, 2011 at 12:18 pm #

    If you want “The BEST Thai food in town. Go to Lemongrass 1705 NE Couch There is only one server and she cooks your food to order! So exspect a wait. It will be well worth it! Most places when I ask for extra hot. (here a 2 is extra hot on a scale of 1 to 20!) the favors of the food are drown out by the extra chiles. Not here when Shelly adds spice it creates even more flavor! I don’t know how she does it but I havent found anyone else in Portland with this skill. So good! Might I suggest the Garlic and Basil chicken, green curry or ohhhhh so good…. try the yellow curry too! If she hasn’t already sold out do start with the garden rolls.
    So much flavor in her food it’s amazing!!! Im sure you won’t be dissappointed! ~Ebbie

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