Best Thai Food Around Pittsburgh

March 6, 2011 6:13 AM

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While there aren’t many places in Pittsburgh to get Thai food, there are a few gems out there. Fans of the spicy, curry-laced dishes can find a cure for their cravings at a few choice spots around town. When KDKA staffers get hungry for coconut milk, lemongrass and vegetable-laden creations, they turn to these restaurants.

Nicky’s Thai Kitchen

856 Western Ave.; North Side

Fans of Nicky’s Thai Kitchen love the atmosphere and the authentic, traditional Thai food. One KDKA staffer says Nicky’s serves, “The real deal.” This restaurant offers both lunch and dinner, as well as sit-down and take-out items. Patrons are also free to bring their own alcohol to dinner, and there is no corkage fee.

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Typhoon Restaurant

242 S. Highland Ave.; Shadyside

Located in Pittsburgh’s trendy Shadyside neighborhood, Typhoon has plenty of options to satisfy your craving for Thai cuisine. Their menu has something for everyone, including steak, chicken seafood, vegetable dishes and appetizers. One KDKA staff member says, Great food, plus, you’ve gotta love the name!”

Thai Place

5528 Walnut Street; Shadyside
1034 Freeport Road; Fox Chapel
12009 Perry Highway; Wexford

Thai Place has three extensive menus to choose from: a lunch menu, a dinner menu and a takeout menu. Patrons love their lunch specials; they come with a choice of soup or salad. Restaurant goers can tailor their meal to their own tastes by choosing the level of heat they want in their dish on a scale of 1 to 10. One KDKA staffer says, “My brother love to meet up here for lunch. The staff is friendly and the service is speedy. Haven’t had a bad meal yet.”

Thai Me Up

1925 E. Carson Street; South Side

If you’re in the mood for some spicy food, Thai Me Up is for you. While the dishes have a higher price point than some places, one KDKA staffer says, “Your entree will feed you for days.” Patrons love the Crab Rangoon and pad Thai.

Pusadee’s Garden

5321 Butler Street; Lawrenceville

This restaurant offers great Thai food with a beautiful garden atmosphere. Fans rave about the beautiful patio for outdoor dining. Hanging plants create a beautiful, secluded atmosphere — perfect for a dinner date. One KDKA staffer says, “The food is great, the outdoor dining is super and the service is excellent!”

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  • Lisa

    There is a Nicky’s Thai Kitchen in Verona too! Why wasn’t that mentioned? They are fantastic!

  • Lisa

    Why is Spice Island Tea House not on this list? Have you had thier Pad Thai? apparently not…

  • Justin

    how can you say there aren’t many places to get thai food in pittsburgh?

    Here’s a list of ones that could have been on the list… off the top of my head.
    Thai Cuisine, Bloomfield
    Thai Gourmet, Bloomfield
    Bangkok Balcony, Squirrel Hill
    Silk Elephant, Squirrel Hill
    Smiling Banana Leaf, Highland Park
    Green Mango, Regent Square
    Spice Island, Oakland (mentioned in the above comment)
    Sukothai, Oakland

    Combined with the passable places on your list that’s 13 Thai Restaurants in an 8 mile radius.

  • Sean

    It seems to me that the sole criteria for this list was places where KDKA staffers regularly dine, so I believe titling this article “Best Thai Food Around Pittsburgh” is missing the boat by a pretty wide margin.

    I do not dislike any of the restaurants on this list, but not including (at minimum) Bangkok Balcony and Silk Elephant is pretty ridiculous.

  • Mike

    Has anyone really dined at Thai Place in Shadyside? Maybe the Wexford or Fox Chapel locations are better, but I’ve dined there several times and each time I swear it will be my last. Overpriced, watered down curries, dead veggies, questionable meat. I live nearby and swear by Thai Cuisine in Bloomfield.

  • nicole

    Thai Gourmet and Bangkok Balcony are the best!

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