Denver's five best Thai restaurants

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Lori Midson
Panang curry at US Thai Cafe, one of the city's best Thai restaurants.
Denver may have an abundance of Thai restaurants, but most of them serve food that's a far cry from what you'll actually find in that country, one of the best in the world for eating. If you know where to look though, you can find a handful of restaurants turning out wickedly hot curries, vibrant papaya salads, whole grilled fish and perfect sticky rice.

Here, in no particular order, are the city's five best Thai restaurants.

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Lori Midson
Dancing Noodle Thai Cuisine, 10841 South Crossroads, Parker
You have to go south -- way south -- to find Dancing Noodle, a little joint buried in a strip mall in the heart of Parker. But if it's green curry you're after, it's totally worth it. Thick and creamy with just a hint of sweetness, it derives its rich flavor from onions and garlic and fiery red chiles.The top heat level, by the way, gives you an intense piquancy without overpowering every other element of the dish. Loaded up with zucchini, Thai eggplant, broccoli and firm cubes of tofu, chicken, beef, shrimp or squid and served over rice, the dish is a cut above most other greens in the city.

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Lori Midson
Thai Flavor, 1014 South Peoria Street, Aurora
We've never had a single bad thing on the menu at Thai Flavor, a bubblegum-hued strip mall joint in the heart of Aurora that grows much of its own produce, and we delight in the kitchen's ability to turn out such items as whole, curry-slathered fish and perfect sticky rice with coconut and mango. What really makes this spot a standout, though, is the panang curry: creamy and caramel-colored, the first spoonful is pungent and peppery, laced with chile-infused heat checked by the natural sugar of the coconut milk, the savory bite of garlic and the tangy nip of a freshly squeezed lime. Swimming with tender strips of pork or chicken and dotted with scallions and basil, we can ladle it endlessly onto fluffy rice, slurping just the liquid when we're too full to eat more meat.

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Lori Midson
U.S. Thai, 5228 West 25th Avenue, Lakewood
Located on a charming street in Edgewater, U.S. Thai is actually owned by a Laotian, which explains the northern Thai bent to the restaurant's menu. But the kitchen knows its way around noodles, green papaya salad and curry, balancing each dish with a spark (or raging forest fire) of chiles matched to the zing of lime and kiss of sweetness. The panang and green curries are particularly exceptional, and we always order the drunken noodles, too. Just be careful -- medium heat is enough to make you sweat profusely; Thai hot may make you want to rip your tongue out.

Location Info

Dancing Noodle Thai Cuisine

10841 S. Crossroads Drive, Parker, CO

Category: Restaurant

Thai Flavor Restaurant

1014 S. Peoria St., Aurora, CO

Category: Restaurant

US Thai Cafe

5228 W. 25th Ave., Lakewood, CO

Category: Restaurant

Thai Monkey Club

102 S. Broadway, Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Thai Street Food Restaurant

11650 Montview Blvd., Aurora, CO

Category: Restaurant

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15 comments
719blows
719blows

woody's wings n things in westminster is filled with thai people and the thai dishes are good.

Jcrooks
Jcrooks

How can you leave off Thai Pot?

Dave
Dave

Bangkok Cafe in Englewood is by far the best in town!

Tim Carrier
Tim Carrier

Thai Lotus is hands down the best in Colorado

imahead
imahead

Thai Flavor  - a personal plug and recomenation.

They are mile from my house and we often have carry out from there.

Love it every time!

Jon S
Jon S

I agree with most of these. I admit I've only been to Thai Monkey Club once, but I did not find it to be particularly good. I guess I'll give it another shot since it's been so highly praised. But I fear it's reputation is inflated just because it's the only non-fusiony Thai place in that area.

719blows
719blows

udom thai is good as well.  only make it up to denver once in awhile so i usually end up hitting my favorite: thai street food

Sdesserman
Sdesserman

Gotta insist on Tommy's as solid and at times spectacular. Easily top 5.

Uncledave8
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Clearly you have never been to A Taste of Thailand.  It puts all of these places to shame.  In my opinion at least.  Thai Pot is pretty good as is Wild Ginger.  Thai Monkey Club was a huge disappointment - not sure what all the hoopla is about.

Guest
Guest

Thai Bistro in Littleton always makes the top of these lists. It should still be on top -- the food has only gotten better and better.

David Costantino
David Costantino

Also Thai Pot on South Colorado Blvd. is very good.  That and US Thai are my top two.

Denveater
Denveater

Agreed. Thai Pan, though, isn't it?

davebarnes
davebarnes

"U.S. Thai, 5228 West 25th Avenue, Lakewood

Located on a charming street in Edgewater"

So, not Lakewood, but Edgewater. Why did you write Lakewood?

GFTW
GFTW

+1 on US Thai. Oh, and Frasiaca; can't believe they're not on the list!

Jessehall
Jessehall

 GFTW, WTF? You stole my line dude? lol

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