> Location: Washington, D.C.
A laid-back bar and restaurant, Baan Siam features regional dishes from all over Thailand, prepared authentically with fresh spices. From fried fresh-water prawns to pork curry with sweet potato leaves to lotus root with grilled shrimp, every dish is a masterpiece of flavor and presentation. Reservations are encouraged.
> Location: Brooklyn, New York
Forging a modern take on Thai cuisine, this intimate Park Slope restaurant serves unique specialties like larb tuna tartare and pineapple lychee crispy duck as well as northern Thai dishes including khao soi chicken (egg noodles in chicken curry broth with pickled mustard greens and eggs) and hung lay (braised pork belly in curry with potatoes, peanuts, and fried shallots).
> Location: St. Louis, Missouri
With a relaxed, elegant atmosphere and warm service, Chao Baan serves delectable regional dishes from northeastern and southern Thailand. Try the gaeng som, a spicy and sour curry soup with fried white fish and papaya in turmeric chili broth, or the sai grog, pork sausages with lemongrass, chiles, and lime leaves.
Chao Krung Thai Restaurant
> Location: Los Angeles, California
Friendly, knowledgeable servers and ornate decor enhance the experience at this veteran eatery, while the authentic flavors keep dedicated customers coming back. Daily specials may include temptations like charcoal-grilled pork jowls with sticky rice and roast duck breast with eggplant in coconut curry.
> Location: Somerville, Massachusetts
Specializing in regional street food – particularly noodles – Dakzen makes one mean khao soi and their pork belly strikes the perfect balance between tender and crisp. The compact dining area only has a few tables and the line can be long, but service is speedy.
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