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Phenomenal Thai Take Out in the Twin Cities

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Thai cuisine is a marriage of Eastern and Western influences, with sour, sweet, salty and bitter notes melding to create dishes that are distinctly Thai. Chinese, Malaysian, Portuguese, Japanese, even Dutch and French influence can be seen throughout Thai menus, so explore the various regions of Thailand at these Twin Cities restaurants.

Restaurants are listed in geographic order from west to east. Hours and available are subject to change due to the pandemic.

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1. Naviya's Thai Brasserie

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2812 W 43rd St
Minneapolis, MN 55410
(612) 276-5061
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The Linden Hills spot that began its run in Grand Marais in 2004 serves dishes celebrating only Thai family recipes but also Burmese, Chinese and Cambodian influences with a focus on plying complex flavor out of roasted vegetables and proteins prepared in a classic French style.   Naviya’s uses meats free of hormones and antibiotics when possible, as well as high-quality ingredients like wild coho salmon.

Shrimp red curry
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2. Lemon Grass Thai Cuisine

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8600 Edinburgh Centre Dr
Brooklyn Park, MN 55443
(763) 494-8809
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The suburban restaurant’s differentiator is its sushi menu, along with a couple other nods to Japanese cuisine like the octopus salad and tuna tataki appetizer. But, the Thai dishes are what chef Ann Ahmed built her robust reputation upon with layers of complex flavor. When life returns to normal, don’t skip the beautiful cocktails, until then, kits arrive November 25th. 

A towering salad from Lemon Grass Thai Cuisine
Vermincelli noodles with huge hunks of shrimp, threads of peppers, and herbs
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3. Kindee Thai Restaurant

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719 S 2nd St
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 465-8303
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Across the street from Mill City Museum and Guthrie Theater, Kindee Thai serves a unique twist on classic Thai dishes. The Son In Law Egg appetizer, a deep fried hard boiled egg topped with tamarind sauce sounds like a State Fair treat waiting to happen. Let’s start a petition. 

4. Sen Yai Sen Lek Thai

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2422 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
(612) 781-3046
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Sen Yai Sen Lek specializes in single-dish noodle and rice entrees inspired by Bangkok street food made with sustainably grown ingredients.  Order the pad bai gra pow, a holy basil stir fry with ground pork or chicken topped with a fried egg (vegetarians can sub mock duck or tofu).  Parents will love that the restaurant has a menu of Thai-style kid’s meals served with a scoop of ice cream. There’s also an impressive selection of local brews available for take out.

A white plate holds ground meat topped with sprigs of cilantro and garnished with cucumber slices on a leaf of lettuce.
Beloved by some of the top chefs in town, Sen Yai Sen Lek has been serving since 2008
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5. Soberfish

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2627 E Franklin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55406
(612) 354-2544
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Soberfish is one of a couple of Thai restaurants that also serve sushi, beautifully presented in a sunny corner eatery in Minneapolis. Soberfish now has its own app for pick up orders, so that hankering for sriracha fried rice and spider rolls can be more easily satisfied.

6. Karta Thai Restaurant

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2295 Como Ave
St Paul, MN 55108
(651) 330-6281
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Karta is known for an extensive menu of curries, from soft shell crab yellow curry to Khao Soi, a creamy curry served over fried noodles and every traditional curry in between. In the fall, don’t miss the pumpkin curry served in a hollowed pumpkin, as beautiful as it is delicious. 

7. On's Kitchen Thai Cuisine

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1613 University Ave W
St Paul, MN 55104
(651) 644-1444
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It’s hard to choose a favorite from chef and owner On Khumchaya’s recipes. Her praram is one of the best in town, and the stuffed chicken wings are a crowd favorite. Each of the dishes are packed with comfort and spice.

Best to just order one of everything
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8. Lisu's Thai Taste | St Paul

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1552 Como Ave
St Paul, MN 55108
(651) 846-9113
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Lisu’s now has three locations, with slight changes between menus. The Como Avenue location in St. Paul is the most robust, with a small selection of Chinese classics and a concise list of boba teas. 

9. Thai Cafe Inc

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371 University Ave W
St Paul, MN 55103
(651) 225-8231
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Don’t let the simplicity of this modest café fool you. Their dishes pack big flavors from the fried fish laab to the sweet Massaman curry to the tangy Tom Yum seafood soup, teaming with squid, mussels, crab and shrimp. 

All the ingredients are pounded together before the green papaya salad is served
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10. Bangkok Thai Deli

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333 University Ave W
St Paul, MN 55103
(651) 224-4300
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Housed in a former Burger King, Bangkok Thai Deli’s lengthy menu features an elaborate labeling scheme of numbers and letters.  Try the 20B, a spicy basil-forward stir fry with a choice of protein and a fried egg on the side.  The red curry (28) has a particularly nuanced flavor, with a hint of acid to temper the richness of the coconut milk.

Timid tongues need not apply
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11. Thai Street Market

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1665 Rice St
St Paul, MN 55117
(651) 488-0531
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Don’t let the strip mall (next to an actual strip club) setting deter you. Thai Street Market is a modern, squeaky clean shop with terrific service. The lemongrass salad is not to be missed. 

12. Krungthep Thai

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1141 Rice St
St Paul, MN 55117
(651) 340-8681
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It’s unfortunate that the beautiful sit-down space is currently inaccessible at the moment, but the vast menu makes Krungthep a worthwhile stop regardless. Grab any of the curries to go, and save the whole fish dishes and comforting hot pots for when the dining room opens again. 

13. Ruam Mit Thai + Lao Food

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475 St Peter St
St Paul, MN 55102
(651) 222-7871
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Serving Thai and Lao food in downtown St. Paul, the family owned café hits all the traditional notes one would expect, and a few you might not. Try the Lao style papaya salad, a more pungent version of its Thai cousin using fermented fish sauce.

14. Eastside Thai Restaurant

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879 Payne Ave
St Paul, MN 55130
(651) 776-6599
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This St. Paul café serves classic, well executed Thai dishes, but what sets it apart is the tricolor tapioca pearl dessert not commonly found around the Twin Cities, so save some room. 

Kapoon Noodles
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1. Naviya's Thai Brasserie

2812 W 43rd St, Minneapolis, MN 55410
Shrimp red curry
Naviya’s Thai/Facebook

The Linden Hills spot that began its run in Grand Marais in 2004 serves dishes celebrating only Thai family recipes but also Burmese, Chinese and Cambodian influences with a focus on plying complex flavor out of roasted vegetables and proteins prepared in a classic French style.   Naviya’s uses meats free of hormones and antibiotics when possible, as well as high-quality ingredients like wild coho salmon.

2812 W 43rd St
Minneapolis, MN 55410

2. Lemon Grass Thai Cuisine

8600 Edinburgh Centre Dr, Brooklyn Park, MN 55443
A towering salad from Lemon Grass Thai Cuisine
Vermincelli noodles with huge hunks of shrimp, threads of peppers, and herbs
Lemon Grass Thai/Facebook

The suburban restaurant’s differentiator is its sushi menu, along with a couple other nods to Japanese cuisine like the octopus salad and tuna tataki appetizer. But, the Thai dishes are what chef Ann Ahmed built her robust reputation upon with layers of complex flavor. When life returns to normal, don’t skip the beautiful cocktails, until then, kits arrive November 25th. 

8600 Edinburgh Centre Dr
Brooklyn Park, MN 55443

3. Kindee Thai Restaurant

719 S 2nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Across the street from Mill City Museum and Guthrie Theater, Kindee Thai serves a unique twist on classic Thai dishes. The Son In Law Egg appetizer, a deep fried hard boiled egg topped with tamarind sauce sounds like a State Fair treat waiting to happen. Let’s start a petition. 

719 S 2nd St
Minneapolis, MN 55401

4. Sen Yai Sen Lek Thai

2422 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418
A white plate holds ground meat topped with sprigs of cilantro and garnished with cucumber slices on a leaf of lettuce.
Beloved by some of the top chefs in town, Sen Yai Sen Lek has been serving since 2008
Sen Yai Sen Lek Thai/Facebook

Sen Yai Sen Lek specializes in single-dish noodle and rice entrees inspired by Bangkok street food made with sustainably grown ingredients.  Order the pad bai gra pow, a holy basil stir fry with ground pork or chicken topped with a fried egg (vegetarians can sub mock duck or tofu).  Parents will love that the restaurant has a menu of Thai-style kid’s meals served with a scoop of ice cream. There’s also an impressive selection of local brews available for take out.

2422 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418

5. Soberfish

2627 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55406

Soberfish is one of a couple of Thai restaurants that also serve sushi, beautifully presented in a sunny corner eatery in Minneapolis. Soberfish now has its own app for pick up orders, so that hankering for sriracha fried rice and spider rolls can be more easily satisfied.

2627 E Franklin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55406

6. Karta Thai Restaurant

2295 Como Ave, St Paul, MN 55108

Karta is known for an extensive menu of curries, from soft shell crab yellow curry to Khao Soi, a creamy curry served over fried noodles and every traditional curry in between. In the fall, don’t miss the pumpkin curry served in a hollowed pumpkin, as beautiful as it is delicious. 

2295 Como Ave
St Paul, MN 55108

7. On's Kitchen Thai Cuisine

1613 University Ave W, St Paul, MN 55104
Best to just order one of everything
Emily Phuong/Yelp

It’s hard to choose a favorite from chef and owner On Khumchaya’s recipes. Her praram is one of the best in town, and the stuffed chicken wings are a crowd favorite. Each of the dishes are packed with comfort and spice.

1613 University Ave W
St Paul, MN 55104

8. Lisu's Thai Taste | St Paul

1552 Como Ave, St Paul, MN 55108

Lisu’s now has three locations, with slight changes between menus. The Como Avenue location in St. Paul is the most robust, with a small selection of Chinese classics and a concise list of boba teas. 

1552 Como Ave
St Paul, MN 55108

9. Thai Cafe Inc

371 University Ave W, St Paul, MN 55103
All the ingredients are pounded together before the green papaya salad is served
Thai Cafe/Facebook

Don’t let the simplicity of this modest café fool you. Their dishes pack big flavors from the fried fish laab to the sweet Massaman curry to the tangy Tom Yum seafood soup, teaming with squid, mussels, crab and shrimp. 

371 University Ave W
St Paul, MN 55103

10. Bangkok Thai Deli

333 University Ave W, St Paul, MN 55103
Timid tongues need not apply
Bangkok Thai Deli/Website

Housed in a former Burger King, Bangkok Thai Deli’s lengthy menu features an elaborate labeling scheme of numbers and letters.  Try the 20B, a spicy basil-forward stir fry with a choice of protein and a fried egg on the side.  The red curry (28) has a particularly nuanced flavor, with a hint of acid to temper the richness of the coconut milk.

333 University Ave W
St Paul, MN 55103

11. Thai Street Market

1665 Rice St, St Paul, MN 55117

Don’t let the strip mall (next to an actual strip club) setting deter you. Thai Street Market is a modern, squeaky clean shop with terrific service. The lemongrass salad is not to be missed. 

1665 Rice St
St Paul, MN 55117

12. Krungthep Thai

1141 Rice St, St Paul, MN 55117

It’s unfortunate that the beautiful sit-down space is currently inaccessible at the moment, but the vast menu makes Krungthep a worthwhile stop regardless. Grab any of the curries to go, and save the whole fish dishes and comforting hot pots for when the dining room opens again. 

1141 Rice St
St Paul, MN 55117

13. Ruam Mit Thai + Lao Food

475 St Peter St, St Paul, MN 55102

Serving Thai and Lao food in downtown St. Paul, the family owned café hits all the traditional notes one would expect, and a few you might not. Try the Lao style papaya salad, a more pungent version of its Thai cousin using fermented fish sauce.

475 St Peter St
St Paul, MN 55102

14. Eastside Thai Restaurant

879 Payne Ave, St Paul, MN 55130
Kapoon Noodles
Eastside Thai/Facebook

This St. Paul café serves classic, well executed Thai dishes, but what sets it apart is the tricolor tapioca pearl dessert not commonly found around the Twin Cities, so save some room. 

879 Payne Ave
St Paul, MN 55130

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