While we may be lacking in the number of quality Chinese restaurants in Atlanta, we are definitely thriving on the Thai scene. Here is a look at the top five restaurants in Atlanta for the best Thai food.
King & I
This Midtown restaurant is definitely a hidden treasure. Located in an Ansley Park strip mall, its small storefront remains unassuming and pretty hidden. However, locals such as myself, are very familiar with King & I In fact, I have been going there since I was a baby. And now, years later, I still frequent this spot on a regular basis. Their food and menus have not changed much over the years, but neither has their quality of authentic Thai food. Favorites on the menu include the Pad Thai (which is arguably Atlanta’s best) and the basil rolls. In over 20 years of dining at King & I, I have never had a bad meal.
King & I is located at Ansley Square Shopping Center, 1510 F Piedmont Ave 404.892.7743
Nan Thai Fine Dining
Nan Thai is Thai food at its finest . The grand style and service of this Atlanta Thai restaurant is reminiscent of the ’40s and ’50s. Nan Thai Fine Dining literally takes you to the owner’s native Thailand. Well known on the Atlanta culinary scene, Chef Nan, opened Nan Thai with her family back in 1997 and it is has since served as a culinary masterpiece. Enjoy your meal in the main dining area or opt for a private room or even a seat at the intimate chef’s table. Curry lovers, make sure to try the Masaman Curry as well as the Green Curry. Although they have a great wine list, you also have to try one of Nan’s specialty cocktails, including the Mango Mai Tai.
Nan Thai Fine Dining is located at 1350 Spring St. 404. 870.9993
Tamarind Seed Thai Bistro
Chef Nan’s (also from Nan Thai Fine Dining) opened Tamarind Seed Thai Bistro a few years back. As you can expect, the dishes are authentic and amazing. For those who love spice, the menu guides you to the items that will start a fire in your mouth (or as they call it: Super Thai Hot). Although there is only so much spice I can take, I have eaten with people who loved the Jumbo Prawn Green Curry broiled jumbo prawns on sautéed garlic spinach topped with old country Thai green curry, bamboo shoots, eggplant and mushrooms. Whether you are looking for spice or not, the chili guide on the top of the menu expertly gives you the 411. I stick with dishes that have one Chili, which is considered mild but will import a stimulating “kick” to the lips and mouth. That is hot enough for me!
Tamarind Seed Thai Bistro is located at 1197 Peachtree St. Suite 110 404.873.4888
Surin of Thailand
Located in Virginia Highlands, this neighborhood Thai favorite has been on the restaurant scene for years. Surin of Thailand always draws in the neighborhood locals along with the 20-something crowd. It is always busy, which has to do with their great food and the consistency it has maintained over the years. Menu favorites include the Panang Chicken and Pad-See-U. I love the food here, but I simply can’t get enough of their special Thai Iced Coffee. So amazing, especially on a hot day.
Surin of Thailand is located at 810 N. Highland 404.892.7789
Thai Chili is another great Thai spot that I have been frequenting for years. Located in the Emory area, Thai Chili has a diverse menu so that even the pickiest of eaters will find something to order. The chef-driven menu offers the usual dishes as well as some delicious chef specials. Highlights include Sautéed Red Snapper and the Spicy Basil Lamb Chop. If you didn’t get enough of Chef Robert’s delicious curry, fret not. Thai Chili has just introduced “Curry in A Hurry” where guests can bring home a carefully packaged bag of the chef’s authentic Thai Green Curry, Masaman Curry or Panang Curry. All natural with an easy to store bag, this gives Thai lovers a chance to make their own Thai food in the comfort of their homes.
Thai Chili is located at 2169 Briarcliff Rd. 404.315.6750