Thai food is more popular than ever thanks to complex flavors that balance sour, sweet, spicy, and salty. It’s full of an irresistible combination of bright fresh herbs, sour tamarind and citrus, pungent fish sauce, and hot chiles. Thai restaurants have been operating in the U.S. for decades, but it’s only recently that Americans are moving beyond overly-sweetened pad Thai and seeking out traditional Thai preparations and regional dishes. Here are some of the most influential and unique Thai restaurants that are helping customers understand the country’s cuisine.
The food at Street to Kitchen has been called “the real deal” by critics, and the restaurant’s own website states it’s “unapologetically, authentically Thai.” That’s probably because owners Benchawan Painter and her husband moved to Houston from Thailand and they make everything in the