Top 10 Thai Restaurants in Minneapolis, Minnesota

By Etch Tabor

Minneapolis might be one of the frostiest places in the Midwest, but that doesn't mean you can't find some hot food to fill you up after a day of drives and putts. If you're looking for something a little spicy to warm the stomach, chow down on the wide selection of Thai cuisine the city has to offer.

Sen Yai Sen Lek

Considered by locals to be the best Thai restaurant in town, Sen Yai Sen Lek offers up new spins on old favorites. Consider the lettuce wrap, a typical and very healthy option on many Thai menus. It's a great, low-carb offering for the golfer trying to watch his or her weight. Sen Yai Sen Lek takes this dish and lets you jazz it up yourself with toasted coconut, dried shrimp, ginger and peanuts, among other toppings. Additional critically acclaimed offerings include spring rolls stuffed with pork sausage, fish cakes and chicken skewers served with peanut sauce. The restaurant is family owned, so you know you're supporting local businesses, and has a concentration on being eco-friendly. So on your next golf outing to the Twin Cities, you can be sure you're eating green while putting on the green.

Sen Yai Sen Lek
2422 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
(612) 781-3046

Taste Of Thailand

If you're looking for a slightly more upscale version of the regular Thai restaurant, this is your place. Entrees are slightly higher in price than other area Thai restaurants, ranging from $10 to $14. The pad thai is considered to be among the best in the city. Their spring rolls also have achieved critical acclaim as has the pra ram long song, a blend of spinach, red-curry sauce and peanuts with meat. If ordered spicy, the dishes can come close to setting your mouth, and stomach, on fire, so be sure to make special requests if you can't take the heat.

Taste of Thailand
1669 Selby Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55104
(651) 644-3997

Chai's Thai Restaurant

First and foremost, this place is BYOB. This makes it not only an affordable option to drink with your golf buddies, it also means you can be sure you'll get to sip on your favorite brew while eating some delicious Thai food. Although the food is cheap, with entrees coming in at under $9, the presentation would have you think you're chowing down on classier fare. Specialties include red curry with meat served in a pumpkin, cashew chicken and rolls stuffed with crab and avocado. Try to find public transportation or a nearby parking garage, as parking in the area, which is across the river from Hennepin Island Park, can be scarce due to the general lack of parking spaces.

Chai's Thai Restaurant
414 1/2 S. Cedar Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55467
(612) 339-9385

Pad Thai Grand Cafe

A friendly staff and some tasty spring rolls make this place stand out in front of the Thai restaurant crowd. Locals rave about the fresh taste of the vegetarian spring rolls, a traditional Thai dish. Be sure to order those as a starter, especially if you want to eat a little lighter. Dishes that hit the mark include the stir-fried cashews and beef with onion and the sticky rice and custard dessert.

Pad Thai Grand Cafe
1659 Grand Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55105
(651) 690-1393

King And I Thai

Beyond the clever name is a great Thai restaurant. Portions are served in generous quantities, so you know you are getting your money's worth. And if you're looking to entertain some of your golf buddies, the restaurant has a sophisticated lounge that serves up some pretty interesting cocktails, including cucumber-infused spirits.

King And I Thai
1346 Lasalle Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 332-6928

Chiang Mai Thai Restaurant

The first thing you'll notice about Chiang Mai is its stylish interior. Warm tones make this an inviting place to eat. The next thing you'll notice is the excellent cuisine. Try the som tam, a spicy mixture of green papaya, tomato, lemon juice, chopped peanuts and dried shrimp. If you're looking for something hearty after the links, try the beef with green beans, stir-fried in a ginger curry.

Chiang Mai Thai Restaurant
3001 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 827-1606

True Thai Restaurant

The Midwest isn't known for its spicy, flavorful food. But if you're in the Twin Cities and are itching for something with some kick, then try True Thai Restaurant. This has some of the spiciest Thai food in town. Try one of their curries, and then cool your mouth off with a Thai lemonade.

True Thai Restaurant
2627 E Franklin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55406
(612) 375-9942

Amazing Thailand

Looking to replenish those calories you lost on the course? Fill up at this Thai spot that serves up huge portions of delicious and tangy Thai cuisine. But beside the great food, you'll love the interior. It's dark and romantic with a modern, sophisticated bar. If you have a date or you want to take the significant other out on the town, this is the place to do it.

Amazing Thailand
3024 Hennepin Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 822-5588

Rice Paper Restaurant

Serving a little bit of Vietnamese along with the Thai fare, this pan-Asian restaurant is great for the health-conscious eater. There's no MSG in any of the dishes, many of which are light erthan the usual American-Asian offering. Try the tofu puffs and the spring rolls as appetizers. And if you're a fan of beef, try the song huong beef. It's a tasty mix of lemongrass-grilled beef and jasmine rice infused with scallion oil.

Rice Paper Restaurant
2726 W 43rd St
Minneapolis, MN 55410
(612) 926-8650

Sawatdee Bar And Cafe

If you want to try Thai for the first time, Sawatdee is your place. It's Thai food aimed at an American audience, and the owner knows how to play to the local crowd, operating seven Thai restaurants. Be sure to check out the restaurant Mondays and Tuesdays when senior citizens get a 20 percent discount from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on entrees.

Sawatdee Bar And Cafe
118 N 4th St
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 373-0840

About The Author

For three years, Etch Tabor worked as the technology and online editor at "InsideCounsel" magazine, a national publication for in-house counsel. He currently is a full-time freelance writer, specializing in legal, technology and comedy writing. He graduated in 2004 from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a degree in journalism.
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