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A Handy Guide to the Twin Cities' Best Pad Thai

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One of Thailand's national dishes, pad Thai is a standby at Thai restaurants everywhere. But this stir-fried rice noodle dish can still vary hugely from place to place. Whether you're looking for a super-authentic, super-affordable, or super-huge version, there's a pad Thai here for you. Without further ado, here's a handy guide to the Twin Cities' best pad Thai.

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1. Thanh Do

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8028 Minnetonka Blvd
St Louis Park, MN 55426
(952) 935-5005
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One of Thom Pham’s only remaining restaurants, Thanh Do serves a huge portion of pad Thai that almost guarantees there will be leftovers for tomorrow. Its dimly lit interior has a slightly swanky vibe that is still family friendly.

2. Amazing Thailand

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3024 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 822-5588
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Amazing Thailand’s red and gold interior, complete with stone elephant panels and a parasol ceiling make a unique setting for a pad Thai experience. While its pad Thai is slightly more expensive than at other Thai eateries, you can get lots of happy hour specials alongside it from 4-6 p.m. and 9 p.m.-close every day.

3. Tum Rup Thai

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1221 W Lake St
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 824-1378
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Roat Osha’s sister restaurant, Tum Rup Thai, serves up the same great pad Thai as Roat Osha, but it offers a lunch special worth checking out: pick an appetizer and an entrée, and choose from jasmine tea or a soda, all for under $9 (available Monday through Friday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.).

4. Roat Osha

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2650 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 377-4418
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This beloved Uptown eatery tops its pad Thai with sliced carrots, fresh cilantro, and a lime wedge, creating a brightly flavored dish that’s fresh and filling. Feeling adventurous? Order the pad Thai with squid or scallops, or keep it simple with chicken or pork.

5. Sawatdee

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607 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55415
(612) 338-6451
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Sawatdee offers a lighter version of the popular dish, called summer pad Thai, which uses no egg and less oil than traditional pad Thai. To add extra flavor, order this dish with shrimp, add chili flakes, and squeeze a lime wedge over it all.

6. Taste Of Thailand

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1671 Selby Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55104
(651) 644-3997
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At first glance, Taste of Thailand’s St. Paul location may not seem like anything special. But don’t be fooled – this popular neighborhood haunt is home to some of the most authentic Thai food in the cities, and its pad Thai is a menu standout. If spice is your thing, request the pad Thai with extra spice.

7. Pad Thai Grand Cafe

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1681 Grand Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55105
(651) 690-1393
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Step inside in this St. Paul hot spot and transport yourself to opulent Thailand, complete with floor to ceiling murals and shimmering gold statues. Pad Thai is a family-run restaurant and has been lauded for serving some of the best Thai food in Minnesota. It derives its name from its signature dish, a very generous portion of steaming rice noodles, egg, and bean sprouts, topped with roasted crushed peanuts.

8. Supatra's Thai Cuisine

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967 7th St W
Saint Paul, MN 55102
(651) 222-5859
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Supatra’s serves some of the freshest pad Thai in the Cities, and definitely the most affordable (chicken, pork, or tofu run under $10.00). You can also find the recipe in Supatra’s own cookbook, called Crying Tiger: Thai Recipes from the Heart.

9. Ruam Mit Thai Cafe

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475 Saint Peter St
Saint Paul, MN 55102
(651) 222-7871
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Located in downtown St. Paul, Ruam Mit offers one of the most flavorful and saucy pad Thai dishes in the cities. Ruam Mit serves truly authentic Thai cuisine that is as unfussy as its decor. Ask for the pad Thai with extra crushed peanuts, and choose from proteins such as tofu, mock dock, chicken, pork, beef, or shrimp.

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1. Thanh Do

8028 Minnetonka Blvd, St Louis Park, MN 55426
One of Thom Pham’s only remaining restaurants, Thanh Do serves a huge portion of pad Thai that almost guarantees there will be leftovers for tomorrow. Its dimly lit interior has a slightly swanky vibe that is still family friendly.
8028 Minnetonka Blvd
St Louis Park, MN 55426

2. Amazing Thailand

3024 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408
Amazing Thailand’s red and gold interior, complete with stone elephant panels and a parasol ceiling make a unique setting for a pad Thai experience. While its pad Thai is slightly more expensive than at other Thai eateries, you can get lots of happy hour specials alongside it from 4-6 p.m. and 9 p.m.-close every day.
3024 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55408

3. Tum Rup Thai

1221 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55408
Roat Osha’s sister restaurant, Tum Rup Thai, serves up the same great pad Thai as Roat Osha, but it offers a lunch special worth checking out: pick an appetizer and an entrée, and choose from jasmine tea or a soda, all for under $9 (available Monday through Friday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.).
1221 W Lake St
Minneapolis, MN 55408

4. Roat Osha

2650 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408
This beloved Uptown eatery tops its pad Thai with sliced carrots, fresh cilantro, and a lime wedge, creating a brightly flavored dish that’s fresh and filling. Feeling adventurous? Order the pad Thai with squid or scallops, or keep it simple with chicken or pork.
2650 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55408

5. Sawatdee

607 Washington Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55415
Sawatdee offers a lighter version of the popular dish, called summer pad Thai, which uses no egg and less oil than traditional pad Thai. To add extra flavor, order this dish with shrimp, add chili flakes, and squeeze a lime wedge over it all.
607 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55415

6. Taste Of Thailand

1671 Selby Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55104
At first glance, Taste of Thailand’s St. Paul location may not seem like anything special. But don’t be fooled – this popular neighborhood haunt is home to some of the most authentic Thai food in the cities, and its pad Thai is a menu standout. If spice is your thing, request the pad Thai with extra spice.
1671 Selby Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55104

7. Pad Thai Grand Cafe

1681 Grand Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55105
Step inside in this St. Paul hot spot and transport yourself to opulent Thailand, complete with floor to ceiling murals and shimmering gold statues. Pad Thai is a family-run restaurant and has been lauded for serving some of the best Thai food in Minnesota. It derives its name from its signature dish, a very generous portion of steaming rice noodles, egg, and bean sprouts, topped with roasted crushed peanuts.
1681 Grand Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55105

8. Supatra's Thai Cuisine

967 7th St W, Saint Paul, MN 55102
Supatra’s serves some of the freshest pad Thai in the Cities, and definitely the most affordable (chicken, pork, or tofu run under $10.00). You can also find the recipe in Supatra’s own cookbook, called Crying Tiger: Thai Recipes from the Heart.
967 7th St W
Saint Paul, MN 55102

9. Ruam Mit Thai Cafe

475 Saint Peter St, Saint Paul, MN 55102
Located in downtown St. Paul, Ruam Mit offers one of the most flavorful and saucy pad Thai dishes in the cities. Ruam Mit serves truly authentic Thai cuisine that is as unfussy as its decor. Ask for the pad Thai with extra crushed peanuts, and choose from proteins such as tofu, mock dock, chicken, pork, beef, or shrimp.
475 Saint Peter St
Saint Paul, MN 55102

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