May Thai
1612 North 45th Street
Seattle, WA 98103

The pad Thai at this charming little Wallingford Thai spot is deconstructed, order it and they’ll put it together like a side table caesar, right in front of you. Try one of their Lychee Cranberry Kazi cocktails – a Thai version of a cosmopolitan. The curries are fresh and rich, and their dessert of sticky rice and mango is worth saving room for.

Thai Tom
4543 University Way Northeast
Seattle, WA 98105

This tiny, hole-in-the-wall space is a huge hit with the university crowd. Dishes are simple, inexpensive, and best of all – delicious! You’ll find the food here is spicier than most, so be conservative, unless you enjoy that fiery chili flavor. If you can’t find a seat, just order take out. Their pad Thai and tofu with peanut sauce is worth a little wait during a crowded lunchtime.

Buddha Ruksa
3520 SW Genesee St
Seattle, WA 98126-2633

West Seattle’s premier Thai food restaurant, Buddha Ruksa knows how to present a beautiful plate of food. Fabulous pad see ew, arguably the best in Seattle, and a great wine list make this cozy, wood carved restaurant one to try, again and again. Seattle Weekly, and the Seattle PI both give it two thumbs up.

Noodle Boat 
700 NW Gilman Blvd
Suite E 104(b)
Issaquah, WA 98027

A jewel on the Eastside, this casual eatery is worth the trip. Authentic cuisine, try the Halloween Curry, which is rich with pumpkin and on the menu year ’round. The portions are generous, and spicy.

1924 Pacific Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98402

A French Indochina style restaurant, with a second location in Federal Way, has one of the best pad thai dishes around. Looking for a light supper? Try the Spring Basil Salad for a refreshing, crisp and delectable meal. Portion sizes are generous, and served family style, so bring a friend or two and share. Worth the drive to Tacoma? Absolutely. Request the Thai House, a low-seated community table surrounded by carvings and teak.


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