A Guide to the Best Thai Restaurants in America


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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.

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Street to Kitchen

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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

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The Bay Area’s Marshall Store named one of NYT’s best restaurants in America

Speeding up Highway 1 past rolling green hills and boats bobbing in the deep blue of Tomales Bay, you could almost miss the seafood shack on the side of the road. But when you see the blissed-out crowds slurping oysters on picnic tables, you’ll know you’ve found the right place. 

The Marshall Store, a restaurant in Marshall (population 400), just north of Point Reyes National Seashore, is the platonic ideal of coastal Northern California dining. That windswept, rugged seafood spot on the water you dream of? Yep, it’s real. It’s unfussy, the views are straight out of “Big Little Lies,” and the food is way, way better than it needs to be.

On a recent trip to the Marshall Store, my partner and I parked, took a left at the little weathered sea captain statue, walked past the yellow and green surfboard and through a gate to the

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Two D.C. restaurants named to Esquire’s Best New Restaurants In America list : NPR

Moon Rabbit, Moon Rabbit, a modern Vietnamese restaurant at The Wharf, was one of two D.C. establishments named the best new restaurants in the country by Esquire.

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Two D.C. restaurants — Moon Rabbit at the Wharf and Oyster Oyster in Shaw — have been named to Esquire’s list of best new restaurants of in America this year, continuing a multi-year trend of local eateries rising to the top of prestigious restaurant rankings.

Last year, four local restaurants were named in Esquire’s “23 Best New Restaurants in America” list. In 2019, three local spots made the ranking — and 14th Street’s Seven Reasons was at the very top of it.

This year’s list of 40 restaurants is longer than last year’s — in part, Esquire editor Kevin Sintumuang wrote, because the restaurant industry is still working to recover from the effects of the

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New restaurant in Navy Yard named among best in America

Foodie news and review site Eater puts a Middle Eastern restaurant in Southeast D.C.’s Navy Yard on its list of the 11 Best New Restaurants in America.

Foodie news and review site Eater puts a Middle Eastern restaurant in Southeast D.C.’s Navy Yard neighborhood on its list of the 11 Best New Restaurants in America.

Albi, which opened in February 2020, focuses on Levantine cuisine, the region that includes Syria, Israel, Lebanon and Palestine, using the culinary tradition of coal-fired cooking.

It is the first solo restaurant for owner and chef Michael Rafidi, who comes from highly rated D.C. restaurants such as Arroz and Requin.

Of Albi, Eater DC editor Gabriel Hiatt writes, “Consider what makes a special-occasion restaurant sizzle: an utterly original point of view, top-tier service, and food that ignites conversation. Chief Michael Rafidi’s team hits every mark and then some with a health-centered Levantine restaurant marrying

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