Portland has one of the best Thai food scenes in the nation, and it’s no secret, with the New York Times singling out Portland and Los Angeles as the leaders of America’s Thai food renaissance — from chef Earl Ninsom’s regional and, at times, historical takes on Thai cooking, to Nong Poonsukwattana’s simple and beloved khao man gai, the Thai chefs in Portland have developed celebrity status, opening selling sauces in grocery stores and developing restaurant empires.
Thai takeout is a fundamental part of many Portlanders’ dining rituals, and in many cases, the mandatory shift to takeout and delivery didn’t alter those weekly traditions. Many Thai restaurants were uniquely suited to nail takeout when they had to, which means finding a good spot for khao soi or pad kee mao wasn’t too difficult a task, even during a pandemic. From the strip-mall spots churning out bright bowls of som tum, to the glitzy restaurants packaging up jaw-dropping family meals, these are the Thai restaurants to visit for takeout and delivery.
A number of Portland restaurants have resumed dine-in service. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the Oregon Health Authority’s COVID update page. 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.Read More