Thai cuisine – the national cuisine of Thailand – is quickly gaining in popularity in Tampa Bay, so your array of choices can be confusing.
Here’s our six favorite Thai eateries on both sides of the bay. By Barbara Ann
615 Channelside Drive
Tampa, FL 33662
An authentic Thai cuisine restaurant in Channelside, that will send your taste buds screaming for more! If you are looking for a mix of spicy, sweet and sour this is the restaurant for you. You can order your meal on the spicy scale, from mild to “Thai Thani Hot”. No matter how spicy you get your meal, it will always taste great and come prepared beautifully. For guests with large parties, you can request one of their semi-private rooms, where you take off your shoes, sit on comfortable floor booths and enjoy your meal. This is definitely an experience of a lifetime!
Thai Coconut Restaurant
1280 S Missouri Ave
Clearwater, FL 33756
This Pinellas country Thai restaurant near downtown Clearwater has won numerous awards for its artfully prepared dishes and casual but elegant surroundings. Their specialties include grouper, shrimp, crab and lobster. Thai Coconut also has delicious dishes that will appeal to non-meat eaters and vegetarians made with noddles, fresh vegetables or tofu. Thai Coconut has the largest selection of Thai cuisine in Pinellas county, with over 200 items to choose from. Affordable and open for dinner seven days a week starting at 4:30. Open M-F 11:30 – 2:30 for lunch.
Thai Sweet Basil
3875 Northdale Blvd
Tampa, FL 33624
The food, atmosphere, and service were all amazing at this trendy Carrolwood Thai eatery that uses no artificial ingredients such as MSG. The Massaman curry entree is an incredible standout. You can get the heat toned down up up to mind blogging Thai spicy hot. The Massaman and the four other curry’s come with either with chicken, beef, pork, tofu or vegetables, shrimp or delicious seafood. All their food is served with heart healthy Jasmine brown rice. Vegetarian friendly.
Thai Sweet Basil Restaurant
4871 Park St N
Saint Petersburg, FL 33709
We were looking for St. Petersburg Thai restaurant to satisfy your pad Thai craving (noodle dish) look no further than Lanna Thai. From their pad Thia to their Mud Sa Mon Yellow curry and Yum seafood, this Park Street restaurant is a gem of Thai culinary delights. If your looking for ambiance, charm & great service as well as the superb food of Bangkok, Lunna Thai is a must.
17807 Gulf Blvd
Redington Shores, FL 33708
The food at Thai Prajaam is authentic and flavorful. The panang, massaman, and red curry dishes are plentiful and steel the show. If your tastes run more toward pad Thai or pot stickers you will not be disappointed with the rich taste and authentic flavors of these two Thai food favorites. Dessert lovers will adore the home made Coconut Ice Cream with fried bananas the rich taste is out of this world.
Jasmine Thai Restaurant
1947 West Lumsden Rd
Brandon, Florida 33511
This Lake Brandon Village restaurant is one of the better places to eat in the Brandon/Riverview area, especially if you like spicy and authentic Thai food. The pad se-yew is about good as it gets. If you like to sweat while you eat, just ask for it to be medium or hot. Like your the temperature of fire? Ask for it thai hot. FYI – a sweet thai tea will put the fire in your mouth out if you get it Thai hot. Like things more mild? Jasmine Thai can adjust the spiciness of your dish, just ask.