Most Popular Thai Food in Houston
If you’re in the mood for something deliciously spicy, Thai cuisine is sure to hit the spot. If you’re craving red, green, or yellow curry over rice, there are plenty of places in Houston that serve up a standout bowl of each. You might be looking for pad thai, the stir-fried noodles that Thai food is famous for. Or maybe you’re looking for kao pad, also known as Thai fried rice. Another Thai cuisine favorite is tom yum soup, a hot and sour soup served with shrimp. We’ve put together a list of the best Houston Thai restaurants for you to choose from so that you can find exactly what you’re looking for.
Best Thai Restaurants in Houston
1. Vieng Thai
Vieng Thai is a great option for people looking for familiar, simple Thai dishes like pork larb, drunken noodles, pad thai, and all the standard Thai curries at a reasonable price. The restaurant doesn’t have much in the way of frills, so expect a casual, comfortable experience. If you’re feeling more adventurous, you can try the pad sar-tor, a dish made of shrimp and a legume known as the “Thai stink bean” sauteed in a red chili paste. Note: this restaurant is BYOB.
Where: 6929 Long Point Rd, Houston, TX 77055
2. Street Food Thai Market
Street Food Thai Market is true to its name in that it’s half market, half restaurant. The flavors here still pack a punch, and you can choose from a number of Thai and Lao menu items. You can’t get much more authentic than Street Food Thai Market. It’s a mom and pop restaurant with surprising amount of variety. You can get the standard options, like pad thai and pad see ew, and you can also try regional specialties like kor moo yang, or Thai grill pork neck.
Where: 1010 W Cavalcade St Unit D, Houston, TX 77009
3. Asia Market Thai Lao Food
Asia Market Thai Lao Food is another hybrid marketplace/restaurant. This eatery is pretty laid-back and chill, but the food most certainly isn’t. You’re given the option of “raging volcano” for spice (and you should only choose it if you really, really mean it). Enjoy a Thai omelet, pad cashew, or Tiger Cry (grilled steak with chili dipping sauce). Then, of course, you can always pick up ingredients you liked from your meal at the market to try at home.
Where: 3620 N Main St, Houston, TX 77009
4. Kin Dee Thai Cuisine
Kin Dee Thai Cuisine is a Houston Thai restaurant that focuses more on regional Thai cuisine. It’s a trendy restaurant that’s still fairly new to the Houston scene, and its menu spotlights the different regions of Thailand for a more authentic dining experience. Menu items include Southern-style green curry served with rice noodles. The Northern curries are on the spicier side and the Southern curries are sweeter. You can also try pad Thai cooked into an omelet, which is a common way to serve the dish in Thailand. Expect a bright, happy atmosphere and a less Americanized take on some of your favorite Thai foods.
Where: 1533 N Shepherd Dr Suite 160, Houston, TX 77008
Kanomwan is a small family-run restaurant known for its spicy curries more than anything else. Don’t expect an updated, trendy restaurant; this place has been around for a few decades and hasn’t changed much since it opened. But the food is tasty, especially the panang curry, chicken coconut soup, and the deep fried snapper. Kanomwan has been closed for a bit, but they’re re-opening after Labor Day.
Where: 736 1/2 Telephone Rd, Houston, TX 77023
6. Mango Tree Thai Bistro
Mango Tree Thai Bistro is a café in downtown Houston that gets pretty busy during the weekday lunch rush. Popular choices include basil duck, glass noodle soup, and green curry fried rice. Service is fast and efficient, portion sizes are large, and prices are reasonable. It’s still a good idea to avoid peak hours, though, if you’re pressed for time.
Where: 10130 Grant Rd #224, Houston, TX 77070
7. Thai Gourmet
Thai Gourmet offers spiciness levels of “hot” and “Thai hot.” Needless to say, they offer some of the spiciest Houston Thai food around. They also have a disclaimer on their menu that warns that, since they left the choice up to you, you still have to pay if your food is too spicy, so choose wisely. Enjoy spicy chicken noodles, drunken noodles, red curry duck, and crab fried rice. It can get pretty crowded and busy, so be prepared for a wait during peak hours.
Where: 6324 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 77057
8. Thai Bistro
Thai Bistro is another place with a designation for “Professional only Thai hot” that you should really only pick if you’re ready for some serious heat. There’s also “comfortable medium burn” which might be a better choice if your spice comfort level is on the lower side. Enjoy staples like tom yum soup and panang curry, or try the chicken basil inferno for a tasty kick. You can always follow up your meal with a sweet rice thai custard or green tea ice cream to cool down your taste buds. There are two locations, so you can find the one that’s closest to you.
Where: 3241 Southwest Fwy, Houston, TX 77027; 11660 Westheimer Rd #115, Houston, TX 77077
9. Thai Pepper
Thai Pepper has been a part of the Houston Thai food scene for nearly 40 years. It’s a house that was converted into a family-owned restaurant. Now, it offers the best of the usual Thai options, including pad thai, ginger chicken, and Massaman curry. As is common, you’re asked to pick your own spice level here, and the choices range from “mild” to “suicide hot,” so you can tell they want you to be careful about your decision.
Where: 2049 W Alabama St, Houston, TX 77098
10. Nidda Thai Cuisine
Nidda Thai Cuisine is an established Montrose favorite for a reason. They remodeled during the pandemic, but now they’re open again for takeout and dine-in. The menu is straightforward Thai fare, including pad see ew, drunken noodles, panang curry, and Thai pepper steak. There are quite a few vegetarian curries on the menu, as well. The Thai tea is also a customer favorite.
Where: 1226 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006
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