Dec 282011

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

Exterior of Mango Thai restaurant, Selby Avenue, 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

Interior of Supatra Thai, Seventh Street, 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
Supatra's Thai Cuisine on Urbanspoon

TC Best Thai No. 3:  RUAM MIT THAI, St. Paul

Ruam Mit Thai restaurant, St. Paul, MN

  • 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.

475 St. Peter Street (just north of 7th Street W.), St. Paul, MN | 651-222-7871 | Website
Ruam Mit Thai Cafe on Urbanspoon

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  One Response to “SpyTC Top 3: Best Thai Restaurants in Twin Cities”

  1. I like your Thai top three. I think Supatra especially tends to be overlooked. I had the red curry dish with coconut milk and have been talking about it ever since. Some of my friends love Sen Yai Sen Lek in N.E. Mpls, but I have yet to have a dish there that rocked my world.

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