Craving something with a bit of spice and a whole lot of flavor? Try these Valley restaurants for the bold taste of Thai.
Thai Food Corner While this East Mesa Thai restaurant won’t win any beauty contests (it has a bare yet well-kept dining space), it excels where it counts: in the food. The curry dishes at Thai Food Corner keep customers loyal and the menu of vegetarian dishes pleases all palates. Plus, the Thai iced tea with cream is among our favorite in the Valley. 480.969.0087.
Thai E-San This Downtown Phoenix restaurant, which opened in 2009, dishes up traditional Thai dishes along with some unexpected favorites. The Thai chicken and coconut soup are tops, though diners can’t go wrong with anything from the lengthy menu of noodles, curries and fried-rice dishes and more. Stop by for lunch and choose from more than a dozen specials. 602.297.8888.
Latitude Eight The cool, contemporary dining space at Latitude Eight in Downtown Chandler is not only gorgeous but also the perfect place to enjoy an amazing plate of Pad Thai. In addition to this traditional Thai dish, Latitude Eight is known for its use of seafood (think jungle curry tilapia and seafood green curry). 480.722.0560, http://www.latitude-eight.com/.
Swaddee Thai With two Valley locations (Chandler and Scottsdale) and one in Flagstaff, Arizonans don’t have to go far from the tasty eats at Swadee Thai. Swaddee serves straight-forward, no-frills food that is delicious and easy on the wallet. Desserts include an amazing Thai custard made with coconut milk as well as golden bananas. http://www.swaddeethai.com/.
Mint Thai Cafe This Gilbert-area restaurant serves generous portions of home-style Thai fare. Start with an appetizer of Golden Nests (crispy shredded potato nests filled with chicken and veggies) and be sure to try the can’t-miss-it coconut ice cream for dessert. 480.497.5366, http://www.mintthaicafe.com/.