At 10 Best, we've got a keen eye out on the best restaurants in Atlanta. In a city like Atlanta, it is our diverse cuisine that brings us together more than anything. Thai has become quite a popular ethnic cuisine. Part of the reason Thai is so popular is that the spices are so fragrant and pleasing. It can please those who have a penchant for all things spicy but still those that like things on the mild side can find interesting dishes to please their palates as well.
Whether it is the upscale restaurant you seek to impress out-of-towners or a terrific spot to pick up some take-out for a night in, we've got a spectactular list of some of the best Thai restaurants around the city. If it is posh and upscale decor you are looking for, head to Nan Thai or its sister restaurant Tamarind Seed, booth in Midtown for a delicious meal.
If it is a long-standing reliable Thai restaurant you are looking for head to Surin, Ma Li or Top Spice. Outside the perimeter, visit Siam Square.
When we're in the mood for Thai food in Atlanta, we head to - a reader favorite - or we count on Annie's Thai Castle's solid track record and consistently great dishes. You'll find these places - and any of the restaurants on our list - to be fantastic options for Thai cuisine, and if you're looking to concentrate your efforts, start with the vibrant Buckhead area.
Annie's Thai Castle
In start opposition to the large and upscale restaurants that have come and gone in Buckhead throughout the years, Annie's Thai castle, which is actually in a renovated home, has quietly and consistently turned out delicious food year after year. While the decor has not been updated in quite a while, the devoted following is pleased with the curry and other Thai dishes served up by the attentive staff. Besides curry dishes, noodle dishes and anything seafood is a good choice at Annie's Thai Castle. They'll make your food as hot or as mild as you'd like it to be. (404-264-9546)
Tuk Tuk Thai Food Loft
Atlanta Magazine names Tuk Tuk Thai Food Loft one of the best new Thai restaurants in the city back in 2010. Patrons still flock to this trendy Thai restaurant. This is definitely a wonderful choice to take out of town guests craving Thai. The interior is sleek and the skyline views are great. In a non-traditional take on portion size, the menu features many small plates and tapas style dishes, so plan on ordering many dishes to share to get a sampling of the restaurant's best dishes. One of the few places inside the perimeter to offer free parking on site. Take advantage. (678-539-6181)
A favorite of the Emory crowd, Top Spice serves both Thai and Malaysian food. It has since expanded due to an additional location, but the original is still tops. Calamari appetizer and Roti Canai are both quite tasty and make for hearty appetizers. Curries are fantastic here especially the Red Curry and Masaman curry. Don't forget to order a Thai Iced Tea to compliment your meal. If you are visiting at dinner order a Lychee-tini. It does get quite noisy in the restaurant, so you may want to consider takeout if you aren't up for a noisy dinner. Hate phoning in orders? Just use their website to place an order. (404-728-0588)
Located in a non-descript strip mall on the north side of town, one would easily pass by Siam Square without giving a second glance. However, they'd be overlooking one of the best Thai restaurants in the city. Not only is the food fantastic at this little restaurants but the décor and presentation of dishes are quite artsy. The concrete stained floors and dimly lit interior make for a great date spot. Forget wine here, and stick with water flavored with cucumber: delicious and compliments the food oh so well. Start with the Winter Rolls (flash fried basil rolls) and get the Drunken Noodles or Green Curry Catfish. ((770) 333-1700)
Surin of Thailand
Surin is one of the oldest Thai restaurants in Atlanta. While many Thai restaurants have come and gone, Surin has remained popular throughout the years. While there are various locations of Surin now, the original, in the Virginia Highland neighborhood is still the most popular. For those looking for a romantic evening, this isn't the best choice as seating is cafeteria style. Some of the best coconut soup in Atlanta can be found here. At lunch get the barbecue chicken and at dinner don't miss the Three-flavored fish. Vegetarians will appreciate the many options here. Soft-shell crab fans will love it in the green curry. Great choice for groups. (404-892-7789)
When Thai food aficionados in Atlanta are asked where the best spot for authentic Thai food is, most will often direct you to Mali. This Virginia-Highland restaurant serves sushi in addition to Thai food. Don't miss out on the Naam Sod, ground pork with ginger, shallot and scallion in fish sauce and lime juice. It is outstanding here. The décor is a step of from most Thai restaurants and makes for a good date night choice. If you don't feel like venturing out, the will deliver through the site Zifty.com. Spice level can be hit or miss depending on who is in the kitchen. Reservations are a must for weekends. (404-874-1411)
Little Bangkok, located in the Cheshire Bridge area, has quite a loyal crowd. Expect to find them at both lunch and dinner times. The Pad Thai, while arguably the most popular Thai dish is done very well here. So is the Tom ka soup. The duck in red sauce is also delightful. If you are a duck fan don't miss out on this fantastic entrée. Prices are extremely low and service is nice and efficient. A good choice if you need to be in and out in a hurry. The decor is kitschy with walls covered in Thai artwork. Tip: visit at off peak times to be able to snag a parking spot. (404-315-1530)
If Atlanta has only one uber classy Thai restaurant, that restaurant is Nan Thai Fine Dining. As the name suggests, this is very upscale. From the giant golden tamarind to the rattan furniture inside and the servers in their authentic attire, attention to detail is obvious in everything at Nan. It has also has the price tag to match the upscale décor found here. Nan is the sister restaurant to Tamarind Seed. Two of the best dishes on the menu are the Sea Bass and lamb. The midtown location is perfect for those taking in a play after dinner. If you really want to splurge order the Chef's Table at $115 per person and 5 courses. (404-870-9933)
Tamarind Seed Thai Bistro
Tamarind Seed is a long time favorite restaurant of many Atlanta residents. Originally located in a small renovated house, the restaurant moved several years ago to its new home in the Colony Square shopping in Midtown. It is a favorite of the Midtown office workers for lunch and gets a bit more sexy for the evening crowd. There really isn't a bad dish to be found. Lamb and Lobster are fragrant and spiced well. But if beef is your favorite, they do those extremely well too. Of course you can't go wrong with any of the curries either, which show of the true Thai flavor. (404-873-4888)
About Malika Harricharan
Malika is the Author of Food Lovers' Guide to Atlanta. With a background in marketing, Maika's passion is Writing and Social Media Marketing and she works for various clients in Atlanta.
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