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Where to Find Stunning Thai Food in Portland

Where to find the best khao soi, larb, pad kee mao, and more

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| Patricia Chang / Eater SF

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.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Kinara

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1126 SW 18th Ave
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 227-5161
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Kinara serves both familiar Thai classics and seasonal dishes in two separate-yet-intimate dining rooms. Normally, the restaurant’s specials board is a treasure trove of well-balanced dishes like basil pork belly and kanom pung, a sticky rice, peanut, red bean, and coconut ice cream-topped soft bun, but the restaurant’s takeout and delivery menu does feature a number of heavy-hitters — the pad kee mao is a comforting favorite of Nong Poonsukwattana, and the restaurant’s kinara rolls, similar to a Peking duck wrap, is a stellar appetizer hard to find at other Thai restaurants. Kinara is named after Thai mythology’s bird-human hybrid, which represents purity, mystery, and excellence of character.

A picture of hunks of pork belly tossed with greens and snap peas, served on a white plate.
Basil pork belly
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2. Thai Chili Jam Restaurant and Full Bar

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1243 SW Jefferson St
Portland, OR 97201
(503) 274-8424
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Tucked away on the corner of SW Jefferson and 13th, it would be easy to drive right past Thai Chili Jam without noticing it, but this L-shaped neighborhood dining spot combines familiar flavors with comforting ambiance and service. Owner Sureewan Allahverdian (Jam)’s menu includes classic Thai noodle and curry dishes as well as house specialties like the sweet and sour pla som rod, lightly fried tilapia, and crunchy cashew-laden ultra-tender squid in the namesake chili jam. Thai Chili Jam is open for takeout and dine-in.

An overhead picture of three dishes at Thai Chili Jam: Crab fried rice, served with two pieces of cucumber, fried tilapia on a bed of cilantro, and a bunch of squid in chili jam. The three dishes are served on pink plates, with rice and jars of nam prik noom.
Crab fried rice, squid in chili jam, fried tilapia
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3. Mee-Sen Thai Eatery

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3924 N Mississippi Ave
Portland, OR 97227
(503) 445-1909
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A quick stroll down Mississippi will reveal Mee-Sen’s casual restaurant with plenty of patio space out front, especially great for lounging on a nice day. Everything on the menu is a good value, fresh, and flavorful, with plenty of spicy noodle and curry options available. The best move is to get one of the restaurant’s customizable soup options, which come with a choice of noodle and deeply exuberant and acidic broths. Mee-Sen is open for takeout and delivery on Postmates and DoorDash.

4. Eem - Thai BBQ & Cocktails

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3808 N Williams Ave st 127
Portland, OR 97227
(971) 295-1645
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The airy and colorful Thai barbecue and cocktail brainchild of Earl Ninsom, Eric Nelson, and Matt Vicedomini has been a popular dining destination from the moment it opened. The savory and smoky brisket burnt ends white curry is now a Portland classic, and after closing and sticking to pre-ordered meals, Eem now serves the dish for walk-up takeout orders and within tiny covered sidewalk cabanas. The restaurant is also offering larger family meal packages for pre-order.

A picture of a red bowl of coconut-milk-free curry with a single chunk of halibut, pieces of cabbage, and snap peas. The curry is served in an ornate bowl with a side of rice.
A tamarind curry with snap peas and halibut at Eem
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5. Zaap Thai

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3513 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, OR 97212
(503) 208-3018
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Zaap Thai’s cozy MLK storefront was already becoming a takeout favorite when it opened in 2019. The menu covers an array of Thai dishes from throughout the country, but the restaurant’s khao soi, a Northern Thai noodle soup in a curry broth with pickled mustard greens, is the absolute standout, deeply layered with spice and the gentle funk of the pickled greens. Zaap is open for takeout, dine-in, and delivery in-house and through Postmates.

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6. Nong's Khao Man Gai

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609 SE Ankeny St C
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 740-2907
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One of Portland’s iconic chefs — and one of its most beloved personalities — chef and owner Nong Poonsukwattana is a Bangkok native who arrived in America with $70 in her pocket and somehow still managed to open a food cart in 2009. The khao man gai is the thing to order, a deceptively simple dish of poached free-range Mary’s chicken, flavorful broth, aromatic jasmine rice, and its ginger-y sauce. While the food cart has closed, this counter service Southeast brick and mortar slings chicken and rice free from rain. Nong’s is open for takeout and delivery from the SE Ankeny location, with just a few picnic tables outside for those who wish to sit and eat.

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7. Hat Yai

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1605 NE Killingsworth St
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 764-9701
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Inspired by traditional fried chicken from Southern Thailand, Ninsom’s truly unforgettable shallot-fried thighs and drumsticks are the things of local legend, thanks to a coating of rice flour, peppercorns, and fried shallots. Locals know to get the combo with the dippable curry and roti, though sleeper hits like the restaurant’s wicked-spicy Southern Thai ground pork are worthy add-ons. Both the Belmont and Killingsworth locations are open for outdoor dining, delivery, and takeout, via online order or by calling.

Pictures of several trays of chicken, curry, and roti at Hat Yai, with a pair of hands holding ripped pieces of roti
Fried chicken and roti at Hat Yai
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8. Paadee

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6 SE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 360-1453
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Ninsom’s Paadee houses the outstanding Thai supper club Langbaan and, in the past, offered a solid alternative for those who can’t nab a reservation. Paadee puts the spotlight on regional Thai comfort food and Issan food, including its Northeastern Thai plates and fleet of larbs. During the pandemic, Paadee’s takeout has been some of the city’s best, from the restaurant’s exceptional som tum dotted with dried shrimp, to the must-order at the restaurant at any given time, its tangy, porky, and intricate noodle soup, ba mhee pitsanulok. Paadee is open for takeout and delivery.

A white bowl of Ba Mhee “Pitsanulok,” a noodle soup with meatballs, pork, and chunks of chicken. The bowl is served on a wooden table with a black spoon, with dots of crushed peanuts in the broth.
Ba Mhee “Pitsanulok” at Paadee
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9. Langbaan

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6 SE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97214
(971) 344-2564
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Normally, Langbaan is the hottest ticket in town — people will wait months to visit the hidden restaurant-within-a-restaurant for tasting menus of regional Thai food. Currently, the restaurant is offering a tight menu of exceptional seafood dishes and steamy noodle soups out on its patio, including two of the restaurant’s best dishes: miang som, an amuse bouche of navel orange jewels and prawns, and kanom krok, a scallop cup with galangal and lemongrass. The restaurant does offer takeout and delivery, as well.

10. Yui

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5519 NE 30th Ave
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 946-9465
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Chalunthorn “Yui” Schaeffer opened this tiny Thai restaurant off Killingsworth, where she makes pad kee mao with squid ink noodles and a version of krapao made with wagyu beef. The must-order item at Yui, however, is most certainly its sakoo, a plump tapioca dumpling filled with a crumble of peanuts, radish, and crispy garlic. Eat them out of a takeout container, or sit outside the restaurant on nice days.

11. Kati Portland

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2932 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202
(503) 477-6059
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Located on SE Division, Kati is a leader in vegetarian and vegan Thai in Portland. Ketsuda “Nan” Chaison’s restaurant creates flavorful, fish-sauce free dishes, thanks to the clever use of soy sauce and other salts to create new umami flavors. Though pad thai is a beloved staple around these parts, it’s worth it to check out the nam kao tod, a crispy rice appetizer with herbs and glass noodles, and the pla rhad prik, seaweed-wrapped, deep-fried tofu. The restaurant is open for takeout and delivery.

A picture of KaTi’s pad see ew noodles, which include yu-choy, carrots, and hunks of tofu. The plate comes with a bright purple flower as a garnish.
Pad See Ew at Kati
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12. Khao Moo Dang

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3145 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 206-6838
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As a kid growing up in Bangkok, Thai Peacock owner Chookiat “Ham” Saenguraiporn had nostalgic memories of the namesake dish at Khao Moo Dang. Taking over the old Chiang Mai location, this simply adorned counter service spot combines thinly sliced five spice pork, crispy belly, boiled egg, rice, and Chinese sausage, topping them with a fragrant sauce. The result is savory and sweet, tender and crunchy, all while being satisfyingly comforting. Khao Moo Dang is open for takeout, dine-in, and delivery.

An overhead picture of Khao Moo Dang, a dish of pork belly, five-spice pork, boiled egg, rice, and Chinese sausage with pickles on the side. The dish comes smothered in a sweet red sauce.
Khao Moo Dang
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13. Farmhouse Kitchen Thai Cuisine

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3354 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 432-8115
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This Hawthorne Thai and Lao restaurant took things to a new level during the pandemic, creating arguably one of the buzziest takeout meals of the year: The Little Lao Table is a gorgeous smorgasbord of Thai and Lao dishes, with short ribs in Panang curry, Hat Yai-style fried chicken, pad thai, various little salad rolls, papaya salad, shrimp fried rice, and more. It’s available for takeout or delivery; the restaurant is also serving customers onsite, both indoors and on its patio.

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14. Khun Pic's Bahn Thai

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3429 SE Belmont St
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 235-1610
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Khun Pic’s is a silly, magical place, an ornate and faded converted house-turned-Thai restaurant with colorful characters and celebratory flavors. No, the restaurant doesn’t take cards, and it’s only open for about three hours for half the week; still, the restaurant’s lightly fried catfish, delicate in a chili garlic sauce, is a lovely companion to a lively som tum. The restaurant takes walk-in takeout orders, a first for the restaurant — for years, it was dine-in only.

15. Sa Bai Thai Cuisine

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4440 NE 131st Pl
Portland, OR 97230
(971) 229-1691
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This strip mall Thai restaurant is a neighborhood favorite for the classics: takeout dinners of saucy pad kee mao, extra-large salad rolls, bright papaya salad, and a handful of curries. Sa Bai has nailed those straight-up comfort foods, ideal for hunkering down inside. The restaurant is open for takeout only.

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1. Kinara

1126 SW 18th Ave, Portland, OR 97205
A picture of hunks of pork belly tossed with greens and snap peas, served on a white plate.
Basil pork belly
Nick Woo/EPDX

Kinara serves both familiar Thai classics and seasonal dishes in two separate-yet-intimate dining rooms. Normally, the restaurant’s specials board is a treasure trove of well-balanced dishes like basil pork belly and kanom pung, a sticky rice, peanut, red bean, and coconut ice cream-topped soft bun, but the restaurant’s takeout and delivery menu does feature a number of heavy-hitters — the pad kee mao is a comforting favorite of Nong Poonsukwattana, and the restaurant’s kinara rolls, similar to a Peking duck wrap, is a stellar appetizer hard to find at other Thai restaurants. Kinara is named after Thai mythology’s bird-human hybrid, which represents purity, mystery, and excellence of character.

1126 SW 18th Ave
Portland, OR 97205

2. Thai Chili Jam Restaurant and Full Bar

1243 SW Jefferson St, Portland, OR 97201
An overhead picture of three dishes at Thai Chili Jam: Crab fried rice, served with two pieces of cucumber, fried tilapia on a bed of cilantro, and a bunch of squid in chili jam. The three dishes are served on pink plates, with rice and jars of nam prik noom.
Crab fried rice, squid in chili jam, fried tilapia
Nick Woo/EPDX

Tucked away on the corner of SW Jefferson and 13th, it would be easy to drive right past Thai Chili Jam without noticing it, but this L-shaped neighborhood dining spot combines familiar flavors with comforting ambiance and service. Owner Sureewan Allahverdian (Jam)’s menu includes classic Thai noodle and curry dishes as well as house specialties like the sweet and sour pla som rod, lightly fried tilapia, and crunchy cashew-laden ultra-tender squid in the namesake chili jam. Thai Chili Jam is open for takeout and dine-in.

1243 SW Jefferson St
Portland, OR 97201

3. Mee-Sen Thai Eatery

3924 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97227

A quick stroll down Mississippi will reveal Mee-Sen’s casual restaurant with plenty of patio space out front, especially great for lounging on a nice day. Everything on the menu is a good value, fresh, and flavorful, with plenty of spicy noodle and curry options available. The best move is to get one of the restaurant’s customizable soup options, which come with a choice of noodle and deeply exuberant and acidic broths. Mee-Sen is open for takeout and delivery on Postmates and DoorDash.

3924 N Mississippi Ave
Portland, OR 97227

4. Eem - Thai BBQ & Cocktails

3808 N Williams Ave st 127, Portland, OR 97227
A picture of a red bowl of coconut-milk-free curry with a single chunk of halibut, pieces of cabbage, and snap peas. The curry is served in an ornate bowl with a side of rice.
A tamarind curry with snap peas and halibut at Eem
Dina Avila/EPDX

The airy and colorful Thai barbecue and cocktail brainchild of Earl Ninsom, Eric Nelson, and Matt Vicedomini has been a popular dining destination from the moment it opened. The savory and smoky brisket burnt ends white curry is now a Portland classic, and after closing and sticking to pre-ordered meals, Eem now serves the dish for walk-up takeout orders and within tiny covered sidewalk cabanas. The restaurant is also offering larger family meal packages for pre-order.

3808 N Williams Ave st 127
Portland, OR 97227

5. Zaap Thai

3513 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97212

Zaap Thai’s cozy MLK storefront was already becoming a takeout favorite when it opened in 2019. The menu covers an array of Thai dishes from throughout the country, but the restaurant’s khao soi, a Northern Thai noodle soup in a curry broth with pickled mustard greens, is the absolute standout, deeply layered with spice and the gentle funk of the pickled greens. Zaap is open for takeout, dine-in, and delivery in-house and through Postmates.

3513 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, OR 97212

6. Nong's Khao Man Gai

609 SE Ankeny St C, Portland, OR 97214

One of Portland’s iconic chefs — and one of its most beloved personalities — chef and owner Nong Poonsukwattana is a Bangkok native who arrived in America with $70 in her pocket and somehow still managed to open a food cart in 2009. The khao man gai is the thing to order, a deceptively simple dish of poached free-range Mary’s chicken, flavorful broth, aromatic jasmine rice, and its ginger-y sauce. While the food cart has closed, this counter service Southeast brick and mortar slings chicken and rice free from rain. Nong’s is open for takeout and delivery from the SE Ankeny location, with just a few picnic tables outside for those who wish to sit and eat.

609 SE Ankeny St C
Portland, OR 97214

7. Hat Yai

1605 NE Killingsworth St, Portland, OR 97211
Pictures of several trays of chicken, curry, and roti at Hat Yai, with a pair of hands holding ripped pieces of roti
Fried chicken and roti at Hat Yai
Christine Dong/Official

Inspired by traditional fried chicken from Southern Thailand, Ninsom’s truly unforgettable shallot-fried thighs and drumsticks are the things of local legend, thanks to a coating of rice flour, peppercorns, and fried shallots. Locals know to get the combo with the dippable curry and roti, though sleeper hits like the restaurant’s wicked-spicy Southern Thai ground pork are worthy add-ons. Both the Belmont and Killingsworth locations are open for outdoor dining, delivery, and takeout, via online order or by calling.

1605 NE Killingsworth St
Portland, OR 97211

8. Paadee

6 SE 28th Ave, Portland, OR 97214
A white bowl of Ba Mhee “Pitsanulok,” a noodle soup with meatballs, pork, and chunks of chicken. The bowl is served on a wooden table with a black spoon, with dots of crushed peanuts in the broth.
Ba Mhee “Pitsanulok” at Paadee
Nick Woo/EPDX

Ninsom’s Paadee houses the outstanding Thai supper club Langbaan and, in the past, offered a solid alternative for those who can’t nab a reservation. Paadee puts the spotlight on regional Thai comfort food and Issan food, including its Northeastern Thai plates and fleet of larbs. During the pandemic, Paadee’s takeout has been some of the city’s best, from the restaurant’s exceptional som tum dotted with dried shrimp, to the must-order at the restaurant at any given time, its tangy, porky, and intricate noodle soup, ba mhee pitsanulok. Paadee is open for takeout and delivery.

6 SE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97214

9. Langbaan

6 SE 28th Ave, Portland, OR 97214

Normally, Langbaan is the hottest ticket in town — people will wait months to visit the hidden restaurant-within-a-restaurant for tasting menus of regional Thai food. Currently, the restaurant is offering a tight menu of exceptional seafood dishes and steamy noodle soups out on its patio, including two of the restaurant’s best dishes: miang som, an amuse bouche of navel orange jewels and prawns, and kanom krok, a scallop cup with galangal and lemongrass. The restaurant does offer takeout and delivery, as well.

6 SE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97214

10. Yui

5519 NE 30th Ave, Portland, OR 97211

Chalunthorn “Yui” Schaeffer opened this tiny Thai restaurant off Killingsworth, where she makes pad kee mao with squid ink noodles and a version of krapao made with wagyu beef. The must-order item at Yui, however, is most certainly its sakoo, a plump tapioca dumpling filled with a crumble of peanuts, radish, and crispy garlic. Eat them out of a takeout container, or sit outside the restaurant on nice days.

5519 NE 30th Ave
Portland, OR 97211

11. Kati Portland

2932 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202
A picture of KaTi’s pad see ew noodles, which include yu-choy, carrots, and hunks of tofu. The plate comes with a bright purple flower as a garnish.
Pad See Ew at Kati
Waz Wu/EPDX

Located on SE Division, Kati is a leader in vegetarian and vegan Thai in Portland. Ketsuda “Nan” Chaison’s restaurant creates flavorful, fish-sauce free dishes, thanks to the clever use of soy sauce and other salts to create new umami flavors. Though pad thai is a beloved staple around these parts, it’s worth it to check out the nam kao tod, a crispy rice appetizer with herbs and glass noodles, and the pla rhad prik, seaweed-wrapped, deep-fried tofu. The restaurant is open for takeout and delivery.

2932 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202

12. Khao Moo Dang

3145 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214
An overhead picture of Khao Moo Dang, a dish of pork belly, five-spice pork, boiled egg, rice, and Chinese sausage with pickles on the side. The dish comes smothered in a sweet red sauce.
Khao Moo Dang
Nick Woo/EPDX

As a kid growing up in Bangkok, Thai Peacock owner Chookiat “Ham” Saenguraiporn had nostalgic memories of the namesake dish at Khao Moo Dang. Taking over the old Chiang Mai location, this simply adorned counter service spot combines thinly sliced five spice pork, crispy belly, boiled egg, rice, and Chinese sausage, topping them with a fragrant sauce. The result is savory and sweet, tender and crunchy, all while being satisfyingly comforting. Khao Moo Dang is open for takeout, dine-in, and delivery.

3145 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97214

13. Farmhouse Kitchen Thai Cuisine

3354 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214

This Hawthorne Thai and Lao restaurant took things to a new level during the pandemic, creating arguably one of the buzziest takeout meals of the year: The Little Lao Table is a gorgeous smorgasbord of Thai and Lao dishes, with short ribs in Panang curry, Hat Yai-style fried chicken, pad thai, various little salad rolls, papaya salad, shrimp fried rice, and more. It’s available for takeout or delivery; the restaurant is also serving customers onsite, both indoors and on its patio.

3354 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97214

14. Khun Pic's Bahn Thai

3429 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97214

Khun Pic’s is a silly, magical place, an ornate and faded converted house-turned-Thai restaurant with colorful characters and celebratory flavors. No, the restaurant doesn’t take cards, and it’s only open for about three hours for half the week; still, the restaurant’s lightly fried catfish, delicate in a chili garlic sauce, is a lovely companion to a lively som tum. The restaurant takes walk-in takeout orders, a first for the restaurant — for years, it was dine-in only.

3429 SE Belmont St
Portland, OR 97214

15. Sa Bai Thai Cuisine

4440 NE 131st Pl, Portland, OR 97230

This strip mall Thai restaurant is a neighborhood favorite for the classics: takeout dinners of saucy pad kee mao, extra-large salad rolls, bright papaya salad, and a handful of curries. Sa Bai has nailed those straight-up comfort foods, ideal for hunkering down inside. The restaurant is open for takeout only.

4440 NE 131st Pl
Portland, OR 97230

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