Are you super bummed that Titaya's is still closed for renovations? Me too! But don't you fret, Fearless Foodie! Austin has its fair share of tasty Thai restaurants for you to indulge your face in.
If you find yourself hankering for late-night grub after a trip to Sixth Street or the Paramount Theater, Thai Passion is a Thai-rific place to get your noodle fix. Though the time frame between ordering and receiving food can often feel like an eternity, the quality ingredients, presentation and chatty staff help you to forget that your gut is gnawing on itself.
Stand out menu items include their Thai Passion Noodles (a.k.a. vermicelli bowl), Duck Curry and Seafood Hot Plate consisting of scallops, shrimp, mussels and squid and a photo of Willem Dafoe.
Sure the fluorescent lighting is tough on the eyes and complexion, but this campus-area eatery never fails in the late-night convenience department. Though dishes are nothing to write home about, they are tasty, inexpensive and filling- and sometimes that is all you need. Tip: If you like curry, their curry dishes and soups are deliciously creamy and pack a real kick!
If you want real-deal Thai cuisine, Satay is the place to go. What do I mean by "real deal"? "Super fresh", "authentic" and "inventive" are all words that come to mind when I eat at this charming little eatery. Decorated like your grandparent's still-stuck-in-the-70s-faux-international living room in an unassuming Anderson Lane strip mall, Satay delights with dishes from Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines. Must try: check out their Miang Khum appetizer- spinach wraps with bits of fresh ginger, garlic, whole lime, red onion, roasted peanuts and coconut salsa.
Your prayers of finding a delicious Thai AND sushi restaurant have been answered in the form of Ka Prow. This hidden gem located on I-35 and Howard Lane not only offers Titaya's-grade noodle and rice dishes, but pretty darn inventive and inexpensive sushi too (how many of you have tried apples in your sushi, eh?) There is something for everyone at this Pan-Asian eatery and if you're looking for a culinary trip through Asia, save up your appetite for their $17.99 set dinner menu that includes edamame, Tom Kha or Tom Yum soup, sushi, noodle dish AND green tea or plum wine dessert! P.S. Of all the Thai places this scout has tried, Ka Prow's tofu noodle dishes are the closest in taste and preparation to Titaya's.
Yes, this downtown eatery might be hard to get to (it's located next to the Convention Center) and yes, it may not look like much from the outside with its generic-sounding Thai restaurant name and all, BUT if you find yourself in the d-town area, it's worth a visit. They offer tasty, yet typical Thai fare in pleasant ambiance and presentation. Though nothing jumps out as SPECTACULAR!, it's apparent that ingredients and preparation are fresh. This scout always grades Asian cuisine on how many quality veggies are featured in vegetarian dishes, and Mai Thai passes the test.
Pad Thai might not be the fanciest or most creatively named restaurant on the list, but this underling always delivers. Legend even has it that they have some of the best green curry in town! Whether or not you agree, one feature you can't dispute is that they offer a darn cheap lunch menu. Each midday feast includes soup and salad from the salad bar, and a noodle, rice or soup entree FOR $6.99! $6.99!!!! If I could bold, italics and size 48 font on that last sentence, I would. If you just went to the gym or therapist and feel as though you want nothing more than to eat your feelings away, try their appetizer combo that includes 2 eggrolls, 2 satays, 1 tod mun, 4 tofu tod and 3 rice balls ($9.99). Awww yeah.
This impeccably designed South 1st eatery may be more costly than other Austin Thai restaurants, but if you have a hole burning in your pocket and are feeling a little adventurous, you've come to right place. It may seem difficult to wrap your brain around a $15 pad thai dish- I understand your pain- however, chances are you've never had pad thai with blue prawn, have you? Huh? HUH?! Or how about fried rice with blue crab ($18). I didn't think so! Fans cry that this is one of the best Thai restaurants in town and this scout tends to agree (but only when she's feeling rich).