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  1. Thai Island

    Davis Islands : 210 E Davis Blvd., Tampa, 33606

    Thai Island has the sweet charm of a beloved neighborhood place. It's not fancy, the decor is simple and homespun, the service is as personal as it gets (if it's not Clay McElmurray, it's his wife, co-owner Penn Karach making suggestions and zipping over a tray — Karach's mother, Pat, is o …

  2. Sabai

    Safety Harbor : 2454 McMullen-Booth Road, #205, Safety Harbor, 33759

    The "Thai-ed" is rising in Pinellas County, and Suda Deowpawaropas has a lot to do with it. She's an owner of the King and I and Chiang Mai in St. Petersburg, and at the end of 2012 she launched Sabai at the border of Safety Harbor and Clearwater. It's a bold move in a way: Ban Thai an …

  3. Hook's Sushi Bar & Thai Food

    Editor's pick

    St. Petersburg : 1210 Ninth St. N, St. Petersburg, 33705

    Local restaurateur Hook Atsavinh is no longer with us, but his eponymous restaurant continues on. It offers dollar sushi Wednesday evenings raucous enough to require a parking-lot jockey to keep wayward vehicles in line. Mostly it's about the ambience, a welcoming mix of young and old tossing ba …

  4. The Lemon Grass

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 310 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 33701

    Read a review here.

  5. Thai Cafe

    Downtown Tampa : 301 E Twiggs St, Tampa, 33602

  6. Nitally's Thai-Mex Cuisine

    Grand Central District : 2462 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 33712

    A Thai tamale, its homey corn masa filled with a spicy stir-fry kicked up with a hoisin salsa flavored with garlic, lime, peanut and Serrano. Or pad Thai con carnitas, traditional fish-sauced rice noodles getting a topper of chipotle stir-fried pork. Nit Jintaseranee is from Thailand; Ally Valde …

  7. 9 Bangkok Restaurant

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 571 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 33701

    This mainstay of downtown St. Petersburg's dining scene for more than a decade offers dependable Thai and sushi dishes. The decor inside is no-frills, but the food is anything but. And lunchtime always features a special.

  8. Thai-Pan Alley

    North Pinellas beaches : 2300 Gulf Blvd. # 1, Indian Rocks Beach, 33811

  9. Thai Terrace

    Stadium Area : 2055 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, 33607

  10. Ratchada

    Editor's pick

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 270 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg, 33701

    Thai and sushi combine again in a disco clash of uptown dining in downtown St. Pete. The Thai is first-rate, hot and crispy, from whole snapper to yummy yums; the sushi is its equal, not a sideline, from uni to special hand roll treats.

  11. Rouen Thai Restaurant

    MacDill Area : 3324 W Gandy Blvd., Tampa, 33611

  12. Lanna Thai Restaurant

    St. Petersburg : 4871 Park St. N, St. Petersburg, 33709

    At Lanna Thai, the aesthetics of plate presentation are important: elegant painted platters, the juxtapositions of colors and shapes, intricately carved garnishes. Similarly, owner Willie Pudsone and staff attend to a meal's pacing with care and solicitude. No one is rushed, the table is lov …

  13. Loving Hut

    University Area : 1905 E Fletcher Ave., Tampa, 33612

  14. Lay Thai

    St. Petersburg : 56 9th St N, St. Petersburg, 33705

  15. Basil Leaf Thai, Sushi & Noodles

    South Pinellas beaches : 6395 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, 33706

    Thai favorites and sushi.Read more here.

  16. Queen & I Thai Restaurant

    Grand Central District : 2410 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 33712

    Thai dancers on weekend nights. Hours: Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5-10 p.m., Sun. 4-10 p.m.

  17. Royal Palace Thai Restaurant

    South Tampa : 811 S Howard Ave., Tampa, 33606

    In a charming bungalow festooned with Thai embellishments, Royal Thai has been a go-to spot in South Tampa for tom yum chicken, pad Thai and aptly named Lobster Delight since 1999. Before that, the Damrong family had a Thai restaurant in Dunedin for six year, making them elder statesmen among Ta …

  18. Sukhothai Restaurant

    Tampa : 8201 N Dale Mabry Highway # A, Tampa, 33614

    Reserve a spot in the side room with low tables, where you have to sit on the floor on vibrant satin cushions. Kick off the shoes and get comfy, all the while taking an array of stimulating spices and smells of their curries, tom ka gai lush with coconut milk and pad Thai with its rice noodles a …

  19. Thai Spice Restaurant

    Editor's pick

    Countryside : 2475 N McMullen Booth Road # B, Clearwater, 33759

    Owner Supattra Head and staff possess a dazzling use of bright chilies, cool basil and luscious coconut milk. The menu is largely composed of the familiar pad Thai, green chicken curry and the like. But here's a tip: The kitchen likes things hot, a deep, nuanced kind of spiciness that builds slo …

  20. Nori Thai Restaurant

    South Pinellas beaches : 7612 Blind Pass Road, St. Pete Beach, 33706

    Nothing fancy to see here, but locals crowd Nori Thai for its authentic Thai flavors, affordable sushi and warm hospitality. Try the yums, vegetable tempura and kanisu. Come once and you will feel like a neighbor.

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