Best Local Thai Food

Mai Thai Restaurant and Bar

For more than a decade, Mai Thai has sat atop the Best Local Thai Food category like a grinning Buddha. The downtown institution has maintained its crown with delicious riffs on crowd pleasers like fried rice and curries, over-the-top entrees like Honey Duck and Evil Jungle Prince, killer lunch specials, a one-of-a-kind atmosphere and its totally awesome bar.

2nd Place: Sa-Wad-Dee Thai Restaurant—The Treasure Valley is a big place. By 2040, Ada County alone will have more than 1 million residents. That's a lot of hungry mouths to feed—and they'll all but hungry for Thai food. For everyone west of Eagle Road, there's Sa-Wad-Dee Thai Restaurant. Curious? Check out the reviews.

3rd Place: Pad Thai House—Idaho's chock full of diamonds in the rough—that's why they call it the Gem State. One of those gems is Pad Thai House, which made the Only in Your State list of places to get mind-blowing ethnic food. This places takes authenticity to a whole new level, using the term to describe its hottest, most chili-laden dishes.

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