St. Louis’ Favorite Spots for the Best Thai Food
St. Louis, MO/July 15, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Thai food is all about balance and detail. Thai cuisine is as diverse as the landscape of Thailand. Regional flavor profiles abound, as in most nations, but there are a few key elements that seem to draw Thai food into one cuisine—primarily the use of strong aromatic components, multi-layered, complex flavor profiles, fresh ingredients, and light preparation methods. Thai food strikes a delicate, artful balance of the senses, with dishes that are simultaneously salty, sweet, sour, and spicy. One of the more appealing aspects of Thai cooking is that the spiciness can be adjusted to suit the diner’s preferences.
That ability to name your spice level is a key component on the menu of our #1 restaurant this week. Customers love the 1–5 spice rating system at Thai House in Columbia, Illinois. This local favorite is worth the drive over the river and through the cornfields. Thai House offers spiced-to-order authentic Thai dishes in a warm, hospitable environment, and according to customer reviews, they are the best Thai restaurant in the St. Louis metro area.
Customers rave about the Gyoza (fried dumplings similar to potstickers) and the Khanom Jeep (steamed pork dumplings) at Thai House, along with the comfortable dining room and friendly service. Other popular menu items at Thai House include the Larb Gai (spicy chopped chicken salad flavored with red and green onions, cilantro, lime, and chilis) and the Holy Chicken (sautéed with garlic, onions, sweet basil, bell peppers, green beans, and mushrooms). They have an extensive menu that includes five different curries (green, panang, pineapple, red, and yellow), several dishes using Jasmine Rice, and of course, Phad Thai (stir-fried rice noodle with egg and bean sprouts, served with a side of fresh red cabbage, carrots, bean sprouts, and topped with ground peanuts and chopped green onion). In general, if you visit a good Thai restaurant, the Phad Thai will be outstanding. In this Thai House doesn’t disappoint. Customers love their Phad Thai, along with their Prig-Khing, their Yum Woon Sen, and their Tasty Duck. Bonus: They have a kid’s menu, making this a great place to introduce young palates to the balanced flavors of Thai cuisine.
St. Louis diners are enjoying Thai food all over the metro area—north, south, east, and west—there’s great Thai food right around the corner from just about everywhere. Here are the Top 10 Thai restaurants in St. Louis according to customer reviews:
1. Thai House (4.70 stars/149 reviews) Monroe County, 109 South Main Street, Columbia, IL 62236, (618) 281-2777.
2. Pad Thai (4.53 stars/209 reviews) South County, 12676 Lamplighter Square, Saint Louis, MO 63128, (314) 843-0999.
3. Pearl Cafe (4.39 stars/305 reviews) Florissant, 8416 North Lindbergh Blvd, Florissant, MO 63031, (314) 831-3701.
4. Rice Thai Bistro (4.39 stars/111 reviews) West County, 14536 Manchester Road, Winchester, MO 63011, (636) 220-1777.
5. Sunisa’s Thai Restaurant (4.38 stars/110 reviews) Cottleville, 6057 Mid Rivers Mall Drive, Saint Peters, MO 63304, (636) 922-4888.
6. Simply Thai Restaurant (4.37 stars/90 reviews) Florissant, 2470 North Hwy 67, Florissant, MO 63033, (314) 921-2179.
7. THAI Gourmet (4.35 stars/55 reviews) Weldon Spring, 4267 Keaton Crossing Blvd, O’Fallon, MO 63368, (636) 329-8200.
8. Zen Thai & Japanese Cuisine (4.25 stars/210 reviews) Crestwood, 9250 Watson Road, Saint Louis, MO 63126, (314) 842-0307.
9. Tong Phoon Thai Restaurant (4.19 stars/93 reviews) Metro East, 5900 North Illinois Street, Fairview Heights, IL 62208, (618) 632-1210.
10. Zapp Thai Noodle & Market (4.13 stars/98 reviews) Metro East, 1407 West US 50, O’Fallon, IL 62269, (618) 628-9276.
There were literally dozens of really good Thai restaurants that didn’t make our top 10 list. So we wanted to share a few of the “almost made it” restaurants that are worth noting. These restaurants each offer a little something special that makes them worthy of Honorable Mentions:
Fork & Stix (4.09 stars/270 reviews) The Loop, 549 Rosedale Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63112, (314) 863-5572. This is cozy restaurant with a chill vibe that serves traditional Northern Thai cuisine (think beefy khao soi and porky hung lay curry), rich with the flavors of palm sugar, tamarind, and galangal. The emphasis here is on fresh, locally sourced ingredients.
Viet Thai (4.64 stars/22 reviews) Florissant, 8458 North Lindbergh Blvd, Florissant, MO 63031, (314) 801-8818. As the name suggests, this is a Vietnamese-Thai fusion restaurant with beautifully prepared, ultra-fresh food. The veg spring rolls are heavenly,
Sushi Thai by Samran (4.51 stars/43 reviews) Belleville, 229 North Illinois Street, Belleville, IL 62220, (618) 355-9693. Another fusion restaurant, this one offers great sushi and authentic Thai dishes with lots of terrific vegetarian options. The restaurant doesn’t look like much on the outside, but it’s worth checking out, and the service is outstanding.