IF YOU MAKE A HABIT of sampling Thai restaurants across Minneapolis and St. Paul, pretty soon people start asking you for recommendations. Consistently at the top of my list is Mango Thai, a St. Paul gem deserving to be crowned as Best TC Thai.
As for the other two Twin Cities Thai restaurants worth returning to again and again … well, I hate to stiff Minneapolis, but all three happen to lie east of the river.
TC Best Thai No. 1: MANGO THAI, St. Paul
- Snapshot: Intimate bamboo-accented zen den. Food as works of art, with delectable flavors to match. Inspired service.
- Select delectables: Mango spring rolls. Massaman curry. Pumpkin curry (autumn special). Garlic shrimp.
- Bonus points: Mango Thai previously earned bonus points for letting you bring your own wine—the resto happily provided the glasses and charged nary a corkage fee. But at the moment, this has been suspended because of licensing hiccups … hoping that will be resolved soon!
610 Selby Avenue (just east of Dale Street), St. Paul, MN | 651-291-1414 | Website
TC Best Thai No. 2: SUPATRA’S THAI CUISINE, St. Paul
- Snapshot: Pleasing if overbright L-shaped space with lemony walls and Thai-inflected art. Fresh and flavorful food. Attentive service.
- Select delectables: Spring rolls. Wonton. Curries to die for.
- Bonus points: Nice wine and beer list. Happy hour 4 to 6 p.m. M—F. Gluten-free friendly. Thai cooking classes. Pleasant seasonal patio.
967 W. 7th Street (just east of Randolph), St. Paul, MN | 651-222-5859 | Website
TC Best Thai No. 3: RUAM MIT THAI, St. Paul
- Snapshot: Nondescript but comfortable family-run restaurant in downtown St. Paul. A top Twin Cities Thai spot for over two decades. Savory sauces and spices. Friendly but sometimes unreliable service.
- Select delectables: Spring rolls. Miang Kham and chicken satay. Green curry. Pad thai.
- Bonus points: Good prices. Near the Fitzgerald Theater.