I feel like a lot more people should be talking about this spot on 104th Avenue, across the street from Oliver Square. Our judges certainly know about Sukhothai, but it doesn’t generate a lot of buzz on food forums and, when I’ve gone there during the lunch hour, it’s never really busy. But, the green curry, which is my go-to staple, is delicious, with enough kick to clear the nasal passages. The red curry, with plenty of crunch from the red peppers, is also of high quality. Yes, the menu prices are a little higher than you’ll find at other Thai restaurants in town, but, in the opinion of our judges, the extra few bucks are worth it. –Steven Sandor
*since this issue went to press, Sukhothai shut its doors
It can be tough to choose what to order when you’re faced with an extensive menu of nearly 100 dishes. Bua Thai has appeared in our Best Thai category several times, and we’ve waxed poetic about everything from the green curry to the coconut rice, but sometimes, the humblest of dishes draw your attention. The phat sei ew – colloquially known as street noodles – is a blend of rice noodles, beef, broccoli, carrots, mushrooms and egg, stir fried to perfection with an intoxicating sauce. What’s not to love? –Adrianna Szenthe
For years, this has been my go-to spot for Thai dishes – though it needs to be put out there that the menu offers a hybrid of Thai and Laotian cuisine. The tom-yum-ga-tee, a slightly spicy broth filled with chicken, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, coconut milk and lemongrass, continues as my favourite soup in the city. But, try the glass noodles, which look exactly as they’re described. From curries to stuffed chicken wings, this spot has become a 97th Street staple. -Steven Sandor
10569 97 St., 780-423-4207
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