5 of Portland's best Thai spots that you need to try immediately

Dec 18 2019, 4:56 pm

As a cuisine, Thai food is a melting pot of cultures in and of itself. With influences from China, India, Portugal, and even Japan, Thailand’s intoxicating blend of sauces and spices used to season meals also sees touches of Laotian, Malaysian, Vietnamese, and Cambodian cooking styles.

Whether you have a hankering for Tom Yum Soup, spiced with heady galangal and zesty lemongrass, or Pad Thai noodles with crunchy peanuts and plump pink shrimp, these five Thai food hot spots in Portland will more than satisfy your cravings.



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Easily the most popular restaurant of the year, Eem’s food is an explosion of flavors in your mouth. From brisket curries to papaya salad, they do everything pretty much perfectly.

Address: 3808 N Williams Ave st 127, Portland
Phone: 971-295-1645

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Hat Yai


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Citrusy kaffir lime leaves, pungent lemongrass, earthy cumin and cinnamon, fiery hot chilli peppers, and a plethora of other explosive herbs come together to create the most flavorful fried chicken you’ll ever taste in your entire life. You can also get sticky rice, fragrant golden curry, and soft roti along with your fried chicken for the ultimate food experience.

Address: 1605 NE Killingsworth Street, Portland
Phone: 503-764-9701

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Admittedly, it’s not easy getting a reservation at this elite Thai spot, but if and when you nab one, you’re in for the treat of your life. This cozy, 24-seat restaurant focuses on regional Issan cuisine, and offers customers a multi course tasting menu using pacific Northwest ingredients.

Address: 6 SE 28th Avenue, Portland
Phone: 971-344-2564

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Pok Pok NW


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Pok Pok serves up delicious, no-nonsense Thai food. Our personal favorite is their sweet pork belly and pork shoulder curry with ginger, palm sugar, turmeric, tamarind, Burmese curry powder, and pickled garlic. Yum.

Address: 1639 NW Marshall Street, Portland
Phone: 971-351-1946

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Mee-Sen Thai Eatery


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Flavorful and delicious, you can’t go wrong at Moe Sen Thai Eatery. Our personal favorite is their Khao Soi Gai Soup, a red curry soup with egg noodles, chicken, bean sprouts, red onions, pickled mustard root, chilli sauce and lime.

Address: 3924 N Mississippi Avenue, Portland
Phone: 503-445-1909

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