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13 Fantastic Thai Restaurants in and Around New Orleans

From pad Thai to curry, big flavor awaits

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Dumplings from Long Chim Nola on Magazine Street
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Creamy coconut milk, zippy chiles, tart lemon grass and tamarind paste, tangy basil and cilantro. The Thai table has all this and so much more, an umami of flavor that is downright swoon-worthy. For travelers (remember who you are?) who have experienced the real deal in Thailand, finding a proximity on this side of the world isn’t always easy. Good news for New Orleanians — there are Thai chefs creating honest-to-goodness Thai flavors in a few newly opened restaurants, and a stalwart krewe of Thai-food lovers creating comforting versions of all the greatest hits.

NOTE: A number of New Orleans restaurants have resumed dine-in service, however, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines. The level of service is indicated on map points below. For updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the Louisiana Department of Health website.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Mama Thai

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200 Metairie-Hammond Hwy
Metairie, LA 70005
(504) 267-0040
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Mama Thai is a welcome addition to Bucktown, and even better, Pannee Varnishung is behind the project. Her family runs Thai restaurants including Bangkok in Mid City and La Thai until it closed the end of 2018. This more casual space delivers the goods, from traditional dishes like coconut-forward curries and savory pad Thai to Mama’s Favorites, like Thai-Coon — a mash up of shrimp, crawfish and fried eggplant in a spicy garlic sauce. Takeout and dine-in available.

Mama Thai’s roti appetizer with curry dipping sauce
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2. Thai Zaap Cafe

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6601 Veterans Memorial Blvd #29-30
Metairie, LA 70003
(504) 454-8752
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Beyond the usual crowd-pleasers, this Metairie Thai spot offers a slew of tasty chef specials, many featuring duck. Try Thai Zaap’s crispy whole fish with chili sauce, or order it steamed with fragrant herbs. Duck lovers can get a half or whole bird roasted with Thai spices, in a pineapple curry or stir fried. Love that there’s a kid’s menu, from mac and cheese to nuggets and smile fries and kid’s fried rice. Open seven days a week for takeout, dine-in, and delivery via third party app.s

3. Budsi’s Authentic Thai

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1760 N Rampart St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 381-4636
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After nearly four years operating one of New Orleans’s best pop-ups, the husband and wife team behind Budsi’s Authentic Thai opened their much-anticipated restaurant December 18, bringing specialties from the Isan region of Thailand to the Marigny. Try chef specialties like waterfall pork, mushroom and tofu larb, and mango sticky rice. Budsi’s is open for dine-in and takeout via online ordering with plans to add a delivery option soon.

4. SukhoThai

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2200 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 948-9309
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This Marigny fave has done a super job of pivoting for the pandemic, installing a permanent to-go window that does a nonstop business. Sukho Thai, which also has a location Uptown, dishes great lunch specials and offers both gluten-free and vegan dishes. Spring for the fried fish-of-the-day — it feeds two— crispy and smothered in ginger, lime, lemongrass, mint, onion, chillies, shallots, and garlic.

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5. Royal Thai Bistreaux

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1299 Hickory Ave a
Harahan, LA 70123
(504) 575-3599
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This sweet spot in Harahan offers a range of traditional and fusion Thai dishes. Royal Thai Bistreaux, situated in modest digs on Hickory Avenue, delivers plenty of flavor punch with popular menu items like fresh spring rolls, curried Chiana Mai noodles, and spicy tom yum goong soup. For dessert try the sweet rice with Thai custard. Lunch specials are a steal at $7.99 and $8.99, depending on the choice of protein. Available for dine-in, takeout, and delivery.

6. Thai Mint

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1438 S Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 862-9001
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Diners sup under the gaze of a benevolent Buddha at Thai Mint, the centerpiece of a colorful mural adorning the restaurant’s dining room. With plenty of vegan and vegetarian options, this Mid City eatery is open for lunch and dinner every day but Sunday with dining in and takeout available. Beyond pad Thai, try a lighter prep with clear glass noodles including pad woon zen, a saute of fresh veggies with either chicken or shrimp.

7. Secret Thai Restaurant

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9212 W Judge Perez Dr suite c
Chalmette, LA 70043
(504) 345-2487
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Do not, under any circumstance, order a five for heat. Or a four. The kitchen is no joke when it comes to turning up the BTUs, even for chili fiends. Secret Thai is a funky spot in Chalmette — how about that daycare decor? But the fiery stir fries and curries have a loyal following. They close for dinner at 8:30 p.m. — as in, don’t walk in at 8:15 and expect to be served. And leave plenty of time for takeout orders to be ready.

8. Bangkok Thai Restaurant

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513 S Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 861-3932
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Bangkok Thai does a bang up business in takeout and delivery, with offerings like coconut shrimp, crispy tofu, and honey roasted duck efficiently packaged to go. The compact Riverbend cafe serves generous portions of traditional dishes along with winning specialties like soft shell crab pad Thai and seafood soup. Closed Tuesdays.

9. Cho Thai

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3218 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 381-4264
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Cho Thai, a collaboration between Benny Cho and BRG Restaurants, offers elevated cuisine in a swank Uptown setting. Starters include roti, a Malaysian puffy bread, spicy clams, and crispy calamari with serrano chili. Signature dishes include grilled shrimp pad Thai and traditional ka pao gai, a stir fry of basil, ground chicken and green beans with rice. A section of the menu called Night Market highlights Thai street food like fried chicken swabbed with garlic-chili fish sauce. Online ordering for pickup is available.

Spicy clams
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10. Long Chim Nola

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4113 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 982-0046
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Originally a food stand in the Auction House Market, Long Chim opened a counter-service restaurant Uptown on Magazine in early 2020. Thai-born May Mananya and her partner Kirk Cohenthey cook an array of street food favorites, including dumplings stuffed with pork and shrimp, or citrusy tofu and mushroom laaband khao soi, a soup with chicken on the bone and fried noodles for crunch. Long chim means “have a taste” which is an excellent idea. Online ordering available.

11. Thai Djing

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93 5th St
Gretna, LA 70053
(504) 766-0681
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Thai D-Jing in Gretna is the real deal, thanks to chef Suda Ounin’s classically trained attention to detail and gorgeous presentation. Everything she prepares is pristine, from traditional pad Thai bright with the tang of tamarind and fish sauce, to tender ginger salmon, to her award winning potato curry soup. Curries and stir fries are served with choice of tofu, chicken, beef, shrimp and salmon. Worth the trip, no matter what side of the river you’re on.

Green curry soup

12. Banana Blossom Thai Restaurant

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500 9th St
Gretna, LA 70053
(504) 500-0997
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Banana Blossom, Benny Cho’s original restaurant in Gretna, is a fun and funky fusion of flavor, a globetrotting treatment of Thai that will win over even purists. Try crab claws in Thai BBQ sauce, fried ribs with chili sauce, kao pao rib eye ramen, and BBQ shrimp pasta for something just a little different. Yes there’s pad Thai, but why when voodoo noodles is an option? Online ordering available for takeout.

13. A Taste of Thailand Restaurant

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1933 Stumpf Blvd A
Terrytown, LA 70056
(504) 367-0730
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This Terrytown Thai does a brisk business thanks to tasty options like pork satay with peanut sauce, panko crusted coconut shrimp, and a minty larb salad with chicken and shredded cabbage. A Taste of Thailand offers a fine array of curries, soups, and noodle dishes, as well “American favorites” including fried chicken strips and wings.

1. Mama Thai

200 Metairie-Hammond Hwy, Metairie, LA 70005
Mama Thai’s roti appetizer with curry dipping sauce
Mama Thai/Facebook

Mama Thai is a welcome addition to Bucktown, and even better, Pannee Varnishung is behind the project. Her family runs Thai restaurants including Bangkok in Mid City and La Thai until it closed the end of 2018. This more casual space delivers the goods, from traditional dishes like coconut-forward curries and savory pad Thai to Mama’s Favorites, like Thai-Coon — a mash up of shrimp, crawfish and fried eggplant in a spicy garlic sauce. Takeout and dine-in available.

200 Metairie-Hammond Hwy
Metairie, LA 70005

2. Thai Zaap Cafe

6601 Veterans Memorial Blvd #29-30, Metairie, LA 70003

Beyond the usual crowd-pleasers, this Metairie Thai spot offers a slew of tasty chef specials, many featuring duck. Try Thai Zaap’s crispy whole fish with chili sauce, or order it steamed with fragrant herbs. Duck lovers can get a half or whole bird roasted with Thai spices, in a pineapple curry or stir fried. Love that there’s a kid’s menu, from mac and cheese to nuggets and smile fries and kid’s fried rice. Open seven days a week for takeout, dine-in, and delivery via third party app.s

6601 Veterans Memorial Blvd #29-30
Metairie, LA 70003

3. Budsi’s Authentic Thai

1760 N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70116

After nearly four years operating one of New Orleans’s best pop-ups, the husband and wife team behind Budsi’s Authentic Thai opened their much-anticipated restaurant December 18, bringing specialties from the Isan region of Thailand to the Marigny. Try chef specialties like waterfall pork, mushroom and tofu larb, and mango sticky rice. Budsi’s is open for dine-in and takeout via online ordering with plans to add a delivery option soon.

1760 N Rampart St
New Orleans, LA 70116

4. SukhoThai

2200 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70117
Sukho Thai’s to-go window
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This Marigny fave has done a super job of pivoting for the pandemic, installing a permanent to-go window that does a nonstop business. Sukho Thai, which also has a location Uptown, dishes great lunch specials and offers both gluten-free and vegan dishes. Spring for the fried fish-of-the-day — it feeds two— crispy and smothered in ginger, lime, lemongrass, mint, onion, chillies, shallots, and garlic.

2200 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70117

5. Royal Thai Bistreaux

1299 Hickory Ave a, Harahan, LA 70123

This sweet spot in Harahan offers a range of traditional and fusion Thai dishes. Royal Thai Bistreaux, situated in modest digs on Hickory Avenue, delivers plenty of flavor punch with popular menu items like fresh spring rolls, curried Chiana Mai noodles, and spicy tom yum goong soup. For dessert try the sweet rice with Thai custard. Lunch specials are a steal at $7.99 and $8.99, depending on the choice of protein. Available for dine-in, takeout, and delivery.

1299 Hickory Ave a
Harahan, LA 70123

6. Thai Mint

1438 S Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118

Diners sup under the gaze of a benevolent Buddha at Thai Mint, the centerpiece of a colorful mural adorning the restaurant’s dining room. With plenty of vegan and vegetarian options, this Mid City eatery is open for lunch and dinner every day but Sunday with dining in and takeout available. Beyond pad Thai, try a lighter prep with clear glass noodles including pad woon zen, a saute of fresh veggies with either chicken or shrimp.

1438 S Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70118

7. Secret Thai Restaurant

9212 W Judge Perez Dr suite c, Chalmette, LA 70043

Do not, under any circumstance, order a five for heat. Or a four. The kitchen is no joke when it comes to turning up the BTUs, even for chili fiends. Secret Thai is a funky spot in Chalmette — how about that daycare decor? But the fiery stir fries and curries have a loyal following. They close for dinner at 8:30 p.m. — as in, don’t walk in at 8:15 and expect to be served. And leave plenty of time for takeout orders to be ready.

9212 W Judge Perez Dr suite c
Chalmette, LA 70043

8. Bangkok Thai Restaurant

513 S Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118

Bangkok Thai does a bang up business in takeout and delivery, with offerings like coconut shrimp, crispy tofu, and honey roasted duck efficiently packaged to go. The compact Riverbend cafe serves generous portions of traditional dishes along with winning specialties like soft shell crab pad Thai and seafood soup. Closed Tuesdays.

513 S Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70118

9. Cho Thai

3218 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115
Spicy clams
Cho Thai/Facebook

Cho Thai, a collaboration between Benny Cho and BRG Restaurants, offers elevated cuisine in a swank Uptown setting. Starters include roti, a Malaysian puffy bread, spicy clams, and crispy calamari with serrano chili. Signature dishes include grilled shrimp pad Thai and traditional ka pao gai, a stir fry of basil, ground chicken and green beans with rice. A section of the menu called Night Market highlights Thai street food like fried chicken swabbed with garlic-chili fish sauce. Online ordering for pickup is available.

3218 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

10. Long Chim Nola

4113 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

Originally a food stand in the Auction House Market, Long Chim opened a counter-service restaurant Uptown on Magazine in early 2020. Thai-born May Mananya and her partner Kirk Cohenthey cook an array of street food favorites, including dumplings stuffed with pork and shrimp, or citrusy tofu and mushroom laaband khao soi, a soup with chicken on the bone and fried noodles for crunch. Long chim means “have a taste” which is an excellent idea. Online ordering available.

4113 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

11. Thai Djing

93 5th St, Gretna, LA 70053
Green curry soup

Thai D-Jing in Gretna is the real deal, thanks to chef Suda Ounin’s classically trained attention to detail and gorgeous presentation. Everything she prepares is pristine, from traditional pad Thai bright with the tang of tamarind and fish sauce, to tender ginger salmon, to her award winning potato curry soup. Curries and stir fries are served with choice of tofu, chicken, beef, shrimp and salmon. Worth the trip, no matter what side of the river you’re on.

93 5th St
Gretna, LA 70053

12. Banana Blossom Thai Restaurant

500 9th St, Gretna, LA 70053

Banana Blossom, Benny Cho’s original restaurant in Gretna, is a fun and funky fusion of flavor, a globetrotting treatment of Thai that will win over even purists. Try crab claws in Thai BBQ sauce, fried ribs with chili sauce, kao pao rib eye ramen, and BBQ shrimp pasta for something just a little different. Yes there’s pad Thai, but why when voodoo noodles is an option? Online ordering available for takeout.

500 9th St
Gretna, LA 70053

13. A Taste of Thailand Restaurant

1933 Stumpf Blvd A, Terrytown, LA 70056

This Terrytown Thai does a brisk business thanks to tasty options like pork satay with peanut sauce, panko crusted coconut shrimp, and a minty larb salad with chicken and shredded cabbage. A Taste of Thailand offers a fine array of curries, soups, and noodle dishes, as well “American favorites” including fried chicken strips and wings.

1933 Stumpf Blvd A
Terrytown, LA 70056

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