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Old 12-21-2011, 07:12 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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I second Tong's Thai on Austin Highway. Thai Chili would be number two.
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Old 12-21-2011, 07:29 AM
 
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So I have been desperately searching for good Thai food place in town, and now thanks to you all I have some more options to try, Although to narrow my search I'm looking for an AUTHENTIC Thai food restaurant were I can get a large bowl of steamed rice and well prepared fish sauce for appetizer and some spicy food that will melt my face off. I don't care if the kitchen/ building is disgustingly decrepit as long as the food is homely (well priced, and served in a comfortable laid back atmosphere) and delicious. Any suggestions?
This is going to be tough. While many of the Thai restaurants in town are good, if you've lived in Thailand, nothing will compare. So first, you need to accept that

It's difficult to get the same ingredients here, and also they have to Americanize it a bit to appeal to a wide audience. At any number of restaurants I've been, initially I found the food so-so. Once I became a regular and they got to know me and knew I had lived in Thailand, their food got better.....more Thai. (FWIW - the same thing happened in Thailand at some street stalls. They'd see my farang face and dumb down the dish initially, til I explained I prefered "thai style.") So, any one person's experience at a restaurant may be very different from another's.

I like the atmosphere at Tong's Thai, I think the food has gone downhill a bit. My Thai friends rave about Thai Chile but I haven't been there yet. I loved Thai Cafe on Perrin Beitel, but it's been awhile since I've been there. They were the closest to authentic I'd found. Thai Pikul is another I've liked - their Thai spicey is truly Thai. Thai Taste is one that is great if they know you/know you know Thai, so-so if they don't (it's just that they're big on lunch specials/appeal to a standard crowd).

At any of them, don't go for lunch or if you do, don't order the lunch specials. Those are typically very standardized and not at all interesting. Order from the dinner menu. My test is usually the som tum. If they can do that well, there's hope.
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Old 12-21-2011, 07:31 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Noy's Bistro Thai & Seafood Cuisine just opened up on crestway and randolph blvd...anyone been out there?
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Old 12-21-2011, 10:28 AM
 
Location: East Terrell Hills
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Thai Spice in at the Forum has good selections. Thai House in Rittiman is a close second.
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Old 12-21-2011, 12:21 PM
 
Location: Texas Hill Country
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Has anyone tried 'Sawasdee Thai Cuisine' on Blanco, just south of 410?
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Old 12-21-2011, 09:43 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Chaka, good to know that Thai Pikul is a little more authentic than most. I do love that place and eat there a few times a month. Spicy four, please!
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Old 12-21-2011, 10:07 PM
 
Location: Friendswood, TX
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Thai Chili Thai Chili Oriental Restaurant - San Antonio, Texas (http://thaichili.net/ - broken link) is my personal favorite. Two locations, the original on Thousand Oaks near Nacogdoches and the newest one on Stone Oak in the shopping center at the intersection with Huebner.

I also like Asia Kitchen Welcome to Asia Kitchen at 410/Marbach (next to Big Lots in the shopping center), which is a mix of Thai and Chinese.
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Old 12-21-2011, 10:11 PM
 
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Thai Chili Thai Chili Oriental Restaurant - San Antonio, Texas (http://thaichili.net/ - broken link) is my personal favorite. Two locations, the original on Thousand Oaks near Nacogdoches and the newest one on Stone Oak in the shopping center at the intersection with Huebner.

I also like Asia Kitchen Welcome to Asia Kitchen at 410/Marbach (next to Big Lots in the shopping center), which is a mix of Thai and Chinese.
Those are both my two favorites as well!!!!
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Old 12-22-2011, 01:04 AM
 
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Has anyone tried 'Sawasdee Thai Cuisine' on Blanco, just south of 410?
It's a really good place. And, they do a good job for the vegetarians, with an insane veggie menu that has more than 40 items on it, I believe. (And given that Thailand is a majority Buddhist country, that makes sense.)

I also like Mon's, Thai Pikul, and Thai Dee. (Mon's is especially good not for the food per se, but for the ambiance and the chance to cross over to Mon Ami next door for an amazing cocktail, post dinner!)
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Old 12-22-2011, 06:32 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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I also like Pei Wei and Fire Wok both in Huebner Oaks. Yummy!
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