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okclee
03-30-2011, 07:29 PM
Where is the best Thai restaurant in the metro?

Where is the best in downtown/uptown?

Stew
03-30-2011, 08:07 PM
My favorite is Panang at SW 89th and Penn.

DammitDan
03-30-2011, 08:07 PM
Pho Saigon on Classen is totally money. Best curry in town!

okclee
03-30-2011, 08:26 PM
Pho Saigon on Classen is totally money. Best curry in town!

A Vietnamese name for a Thai restaurant? Are you sure?

okclee
03-30-2011, 08:32 PM
My favorite is Panang at SW 89th and Penn.

This is my favorite in the metro too. I order from the menu, not the buffet. Excellent Thai food, quality is second to none, always fresh. Also I tell them not to make the pad thai overly sweet, for my taste. Very, very good.

I live closer to downtown / uptown and it is unbelievable that I haven't found a decent Thai restaurant in near the Asian district. For my taste the food has to be excellent, but so does the cleanliness of the restaurant.

Stew
03-30-2011, 08:42 PM
This is my favorite in the metro too. I order from the menu, not the buffet. Excellent Thai food, quality is second to none, always fresh. Also I tell them not to make the pad thai overly sweet, for my taste. Very, very good.

I live closer to downtown / uptown and it is unbelievable that I haven't found a decent Thai restaurant in near the Asian district. For my taste the food has to be excellent, but so does the cleanliness of the restaurant.

I love Thai Food. I've eaten it all across this country. I know exactly what you are talking about. I live a heck of lot closer to the Asian district than to SW OKC. I've yet to find a Thai Restaurant in the downtown/uptown area that appeals to me. I've eaten at the Thai House several times and the food is okay but it always seems dirty to me. I was traveling all the way to Norman for Thai at Sweet Basil for the longest time until I discovered Panang.

Martin
03-30-2011, 09:40 PM
another vote for panang... love their spicy basil noodles. -M

lasomeday
03-30-2011, 09:56 PM
Tana Thai on May.

Celebrator
03-30-2011, 10:19 PM
I love Thai Delight up here at 2nd and Bryant in Edmond...clean...great food... sharp, subtle, and efficient service.

PennyQuilts
03-31-2011, 07:02 AM
Thanks for the tip on Panang - I'll check it out. It is even in my neck of the woods.

eataroundokc.com
03-31-2011, 07:26 AM
I'd heard lots of great things about Panang, but it wasn't my favorite when I tried it. I've always liked Thai Kitchen downtown, though I haven't been in a while. Thai Palace in Edmond is also very good, but don't go if you're in a hurry.

okclee
03-31-2011, 07:52 AM
Not sure when you tried Panang. Also I can't say it enough, but I do not eat from any buffet, never is the same.

There was a period of time when the main chef had left Panang. Not sure who was cooking, but it wasn't the same while she was absent. She is back now and I believe is also now the owner and chef too.

I need to revisit downtown Thai Kitchen.

Anyone tried Moon Thai, 23rd & Penn?

eataroundokc.com
03-31-2011, 08:11 AM
I will definitely give Panang another try. Thanks for the info.

I've tried Moon Thai only once and it was several years ago. I was not impressed enough to go back.

We have so many Thai options here in OKC, and most of them are pretty good, so it's tough for a place to truly stand out, IMO.

bluedogok
03-31-2011, 07:59 PM
Tana Thai on May.
I ate there last Saturday when I was in town, it was pretty good.

Caboose
03-31-2011, 09:29 PM
Panang is really really good. I have never seen a buffet there, not sure what you folks are talking about.

Dave Cook
04-03-2011, 12:33 PM
As the resident Bangkok poster, I strongly endorse Thai Kitchen downtown. Good food. Nice folks.

Soonerus
04-03-2011, 02:04 PM
Thai Kitchen is good stuff...

JayhawkTransplant
04-07-2011, 09:31 PM
I also love Thai Kitchen. I've never eaten in the restaurant...I'm a carryout person...but absolutely delicious.

I eat Sala Thai pretty much every week, since it's right down the street from my house. It can be hit or miss. Then again, however, I am the type who always orders the same thing (yellow curry with tofu, EXTRA SPICY!!).

clz46
04-07-2011, 09:52 PM
Charm Thai on NW 50th and almost to MacArthur if your going west. North side of the street. Pretty close and the other side of the street from Able's Mexican which is also fantastic!

Double Edge
10-01-2011, 01:40 PM
Thai Kitchen downtown is good though I haven't eaten there in a long time.

Other recommendations around town, particularly West or NW?

jbkrems
10-01-2011, 03:09 PM
Lemongrass in west Edmond. Definitely is best Thai.

JayhawkTransplant
10-01-2011, 03:22 PM
http://www.okctalk.com/showthread.php?t=25298&highlight=thai

Double Edge
10-01-2011, 03:46 PM
Thanks! I'll try the one in that thread that's closet to home and work my way out.

Double Edge
10-01-2011, 06:55 PM
Thumbs up for the recommendation on Charm Restaurant NW 50th just east of MacArthur.

JayhawkTransplant
10-01-2011, 07:24 PM
Come back here and write some reviews...I love Thai!

Sin Wagon
10-01-2011, 08:42 PM
Tana Thai on North May. North of Britton, south of Hefner

Stew
10-02-2011, 09:10 AM
Panang 89th & S. Penn

bluedogok
10-02-2011, 10:18 AM
Tana Thai on North May. North of Britton, south of Hefner
I met a friend there when I was in OKC this past March, it was very good.

Brett
10-03-2011, 04:10 AM
Taste of Thai on Midwest Blvd in Midwest City is great. Its a bit out of your geographic area but well worth the trip.

jstaylor62
10-03-2011, 08:52 AM
Whatever happened to Nick from Sala Thai on NW 23rd?

soonerguru
10-03-2011, 09:13 PM
Whatever happened to Nick from Sala Thai on NW 23rd?

He got a divorce and moved to Edmond. Had a place on 2nd Street for a while; not sure if it's still open. OKC is hurting for good Thai, and frankly, we could have a nicer Vietnamese restaurant, too. Lido is fine, but it doesn't have the feel of a destination restaurant: no bar, tired menu, etc. Oddly, most of what Lido serves is crappy Chinese. I like them, but wish they would step up their game (or someone with more imagination would move in and open up in the Asian District). The Asian District deserves a great, four-star restaurant.

chuck johnson
10-03-2011, 09:50 PM
He got a divorce and moved to Edmond. Had a place on 2nd Street for a while; not sure if it's still open. OKC is hurting for good Thai, and frankly, we could have a nicer Vietnamese restaurant, too. Lido is fine, but it doesn't have the feel of a destination restaurant: no bar, tired menu, etc. Oddly, most of what Lido serves is crappy Chinese. I like them, but wish they would step up their game (or someone with more imagination would move in and open up in the Asian District). The Asian District deserves a great, four-star restaurant.

If you want good Vietnamese food, go where Vietnamese people go. It's not Lido.

As for Thai food in OKC, I am in complete agreement. Even the better places cater to Western tastes too much. Unfortunately, there isn't much a Thai population in OKC.

jstaylor62
10-04-2011, 06:46 AM
[QUOTE=chuck johnson;473399]If you want good Vietnamese food, go where Vietnamese people go. It's not Lido.
QUOTE]

Is there any place that serves good Chao Tom? There was a place down the street from Sala Thai that served Chao Tom, but I have not seen it on the menu anywhere else.

chuck johnson
10-04-2011, 10:14 AM
[QUOTE=chuck johnson;473399]If you want good Vietnamese food, go where Vietnamese people go. It's not Lido.
QUOTE]

Is there any place that serves good Chao Tom? There was a place down the street from Sala Thai that served Chao Tom, but I have not seen it on the menu anywhere else.

Golden Phoenix has it for sure. You can get it alone or as part of a "roll-your-own" garden roll platter with grilled pork, etc.

While you're there, I suggest the 7-course beef dinner aka "Bo 7". It's very traditional and many restaurants in Vietnam only feature that one offering. It's 7 courses of beef served 7 different ways. There's a roll your own portion, cook your own, and a soup at the end. Golden Phoenix charge only $13 for the dinner, but I think you need at least 2 people. It makes for a great group dinner because you're actively involved in your dinner and makes for lively discussion.

PennyQuilts
10-04-2011, 11:44 AM
Panang 89th & S. Penn

On your recommendation, I checked this out for lunch, today. Thanks - I got the lunch special and it was excellent. Can't wait to go back.

kevinpate
10-04-2011, 02:59 PM
[QUOTE=jstaylor62;473455]

Golden Phoenix ... While you're there, I suggest the 7-course beef dinner aka "Bo 7". ... It's 7 courses of beef served 7 different ways. There's a roll your own portion, cook your own, and a soup at the end. Golden Phoenix charge only $13 for the dinner, but I think you need at least 2 people. It makes for a great group dinner because you're actively involved in your dinner and makes for lively discussion.

This sounds quite interesting. Thanks for the tip.

SSEiYah
10-04-2011, 03:39 PM
http://www.urbanspoon.com/f/46/4546/Oklahoma-City/Thai-Restaurants?sort=1

BDK
10-04-2011, 07:32 PM
OKC is hurting for good Thai...

Y'all come down to Norman, we have plenty of good Thai places to go around!

Martin
10-04-2011, 07:50 PM
merged this with an earlier thread on the same subject... -M

Double Edge
10-04-2011, 08:17 PM
Golden Phoenix is good! I don't believe I have seen that one on the menu but with 352 items, plus or minus, it's hard to catch it all.

wsucougz
10-07-2011, 09:49 AM
Anyone tried Moon Thai, 23rd & Penn?

Moon Thai is actually very good, but you have to order off the menu. Specifically, their Pad Kra Prow(thai basil) and beef pad soo ey(wide egg noodles, beef) are very, very good and I would put both dishes up against any thai around. Most things on the menu are solid, really, but these stand out for me. Buffet is no good - a factor of economics, I'm afraid.

Panang is my favorite, but living in the city I carried out from Moon Thai way more often.

Sin Wagon
10-07-2011, 07:54 PM
Moon Thai is actually very good, but you have to order off the menu. Specifically, their Pad Kra Prow(thai basil) and beef pad soo ey(wide egg noodles, beef) are very, very good and I would put both dishes up against any thai around. Most things on the menu are solid, really, but these stand out for me. Buffet is no good - a factor of economics, I'm afraid.

Panang is my favorite, but living in the city I carried out from Moon Thai way more often.

Good to know, thanks! I live near there also but have always been afraid to try it for some reason.

JayhawkTransplant
10-07-2011, 08:19 PM
^^ me too.

istillhatepeas
10-08-2011, 01:04 PM
I really like Thai Sayarm in MWC. Filled with military at lunch. They have a very modest lunch buffet that I do not suggest. It's okay, but as usual it is best to order from the menu. The Pad Thai, Thai fried rice, and curries are all good.

The only caveat is that if you are freaked out about chicken then it might not be the place for you. They use light and dark meat. I usually stick to the shrimp. The spring rolls are good as well, and they will often run out. The male owner can be cranky--they only recently started allowing curry to be ordered to go. Soups are good too.

The restaurant service itself can be iffy. Usually just one or two people working and it is not a place you go to for the atmosphere.

BigBadBen
10-28-2011, 01:46 PM
Panang is Amazing!
I absolutely love the Evil Jungle Chicken Curry & the Pad Thai!



Panang is really really good. I have never seen a buffet there, not sure what you folks are talking about.


I think they are talking about the lunch special, where you create your own combo.
They will bring more if you ask for it. So, its not technically a buffet, but similar premise.

BG918
11-17-2011, 06:12 PM
Y'all come down to Norman, we have plenty of good Thai places to go around!

Agree - IMO Pad Thai on Campus Corner and Sweet Basil downtown are better than any of the OKC Thai places. I do like the place in the strip mall at May & Memorial (I think)..Thai Stop. Unassuming location but pretty good.

JayhawkTransplant
11-18-2011, 07:02 PM
Yes, Sweet Basil is amazing.

kevinpate
12-10-2012, 04:49 AM
I was DT on the 6th and wrapped what I was doing in time to enjoy lunch before popping back to Norman. I wandered into the Thai Kitchen Just off Hudson on Dean A. McGee, an odd choice for me as I'm not typically a fan of Thai food.

Well, consider me converted. The Tom Yum soup was especially delicious. I promised to roll back soon to sample their dinner offerings.

soonerguru
12-10-2012, 07:47 AM
I love Thai Food. I've eaten it all across this country. I know exactly what you are talking about. I live a heck of lot closer to the Asian district than to SW OKC. I've yet to find a Thai Restaurant in the downtown/uptown area that appeals to me. I've eaten at the Thai House several times and the food is okay but it always seems dirty to me. I was traveling all the way to Norman for Thai at Sweet Basil for the longest time until I discovered Panang.

I'll have to agree with Stew on this issue wholeheartedly. The Thai offerings in inner-city OKC are flawed at best. In addition to the restaurants he mentions, my family and I like Tana Thai on North May in the Village.

corwin1968
12-11-2012, 09:41 AM
My wife is from Indonesia, which definately has culinary ties with Thailand, and she and her sister both love the Eastern location of Thai House. We both also really like Lemongrass at 2nd & Santa Fe in Edmond but I'm not sure if it's "real" Thai food or if it's more Americanized.

IBLEEDRIMSON
12-14-2012, 02:29 AM
Although this place isn't specifically a Thai restaurant and isn't technically OKC they do have some amazing Thai dishes Zen Asian Dining Hilton HHonors® Dining - Zen Asian Dining - Reviews, Hours, Menu, Map - Edmond, Oklahoma 73013 (http://www.hhonorsdining.com/details.htm?search=true&merchantId=113984)

I'm a little spoiled because OKC doesn't have a Thai restaurant like my first and favorite Thai restaurant. It's in Tulsa and called Bamboo Thai Bistro GoodDining - Bamboo Thai Bistro - Reviews, Hours, Menu, Map - Tulsa, Oklahoma 74135 (http://www.gooddining.com/details.htm?search=true&merchantId=112557)

Sweet Basil in Norman is my go to Thai place and Tana Thai when I'm up north. I've tried several in the central OKC metro area and none of them were bad but none stood above the other either. The Asian district Thai places are all good and have good value but lack atmosphere. If in Edmond area go to Zen. If you're in the central to norther metro area go to Tana Thai and if your south of I40 you might as well go to Norman. Panang is good but lacks atmosphere like the Asian district Thai places and will take just as long to get to as Norman unless you're on the SW side.

cinders8709
01-17-2013, 02:59 AM
Definately agree about Charm....I love that place!!!

trousers
01-22-2013, 05:50 PM
Panang 89th & S. Penn

This...hands down my favorite.

Stew
10-03-2013, 02:38 PM
My favorite is Panang at SW 89th and Penn.

Not anymore. Panang has seriously gone down hill over the last 6 months. I wonder what happened?

mkjeeves
10-03-2013, 07:30 PM
I ate at Charm for lunch today, still our go to for Thai.

Mike_M
10-03-2013, 08:54 PM
Panang is the best in the okc metro, but sweet basil in Norman is the best in the greater area

no1cub17
10-03-2013, 09:49 PM
Panang is the best in the okc metro, but sweet basil in Norman is the best in the greater area

Gonna have to disagree. Thai Kitchen, and it's not even close. Their lunch buffet is killer too, they'll even custom make things if you ask them (or go enough).

Prunepicker
10-03-2013, 10:29 PM
Not anymore. Panang has seriously gone down hill over the last 6
months. I wonder what happened?
Sorry to hear. I ate there a couple of years ago and it was fab. I've
not been back but only because I don't eat out very often.

Prunepicker
10-03-2013, 10:32 PM
Has anyone tried the Thai restaurants in Bethany? There's one on NW
23rd and Glade and another on N. College and 39th. I like the one on
23rd. I haven't eaten at the one on N. College because of Papa Angelo's
Pizza. PA has incredible pizza and I can't resist it.

Stew
10-04-2013, 02:43 PM
I ate at Charm for lunch today, still our go to for Thai.

I will definitely give this place a try.