Lanna Thai, Jupiter
Since 1992, Lanna Thai has served traditional Thai dishes and a selection of hard-to-choose-just-one chef’s specials, including Volcano Chicken, coconut shrimp and Snapper Wonder. You cannot beat the chef’s special chicken spinach, and it comes with a small salad to start): marinated chicken and sauteed onions, dressed with a peanut sauce, sitting atop a bed of fresh spinach and topped with red peppers, cucumbers and cashews.
Lanna Thai: 4300 S. U.S. 1, The Bluffs Square, Jupiter; 561-694-1443
Ziree Thai Cuisine, Delray Beach
When you and your party just can’t settle on one Asian cuisine, Ziree offers you transcontinental choices, including curries, noodles and classic rolls. We started with the addictive Mee Krob – the Thai appetizer of crispy noodles tossed in a sweet tamarind sauce — and it disappeared way too fast!
Ziree Thai Cuisine: 401 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach; 561-276-6549
This eatery specializes in Vietnamese and Thai style food. After trying a combination of dishes such as the pad Thai, house special fried rice and the stir-fried beer noodle, we were not disappointed!
Pho VN: 344 Old Congress Ave., Boynton Beach: 561-509-0831
Once you have the green papaya salad at Malakor, a quaint spot in the Northwood district, you’ll be back. It’s a fresh, crisp, nutty, spicy, citrusy and, thanks to a little palm sugar, sweet. Its crowning touch: tempura shrimp. Healthy, yet sinful.
Malakor Thai Café: 425 25th St. (in Northwood Village, just west of North Dixie Highway), West Palm Beach; 561-762-9070
Kabuki Sushi and Thai Tapas
There’s a good reason why this eatery is busy – it offers a wide-ranging and diverse menu of Japanese and Thai specialties, from sushi rolls to pad Thai to curry dishes. For a show-stopping addition to your table, try the curry-infused pineapple fried rice that’s studded with chicken, shrimp, pineapple, raisins and cashews and served inside the half shell of a scooped-out pineapple.
Kabuki: 308 Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 561-833-6349
Beware of the Panang curry curse – once you’ve tasted this sauce on the fork-tender short ribs or plump scallops, you’ll become a regular at this family-owned Thai eatery. The place is popular with golfers and the PGA National set, so reservations are encouraged.
Talay Thai: 7100 Fairway Drive (in the LA Fitness Plaza), Palm Beach Gardens; 561-691-5662