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Thailand’s cuisine perfectly blends sweet, sour, and spicy dishes. Influences from neighboring countries like India and China brought flavors like curries. The Portuguese and trade routes in the 16th century introduced new ingredients such as chilies, creating the heat that so many eaters identify with Thai food. With such a large variety of flavors and options, we turned to the readers to tell us what favorite dishes and restaurants they recommend.

Just over 50 years ago, only street vendors and households prepared authentic cuisine, while restaurants mainly served Chinese dishes. Much has changed, and Thailand’s capital, Bangkok, is now full of restaurants and flourishing cooking schools. This training, along with natives immigrating to different countries, has taken Thai food worldwide. Let’s take advantage of our options in Denver and try the following recommendations.

Mountain Thai Kitchen

1000 Depot Hill Rd Unit A, Broomfield, CO 80020

Tom Yum Sour soup galangal root lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, red onion, tomato, mushroom chopped cilantro. shrimp, chicken, tofu, beef, or pork.

US Thai Cafe

5228 W 25th Ave, Edgewater, CO 80214

Keng Kiewang Green curry coconut milk, bell pepper, zucchini, eggplant, bamboo shoot, green bean, Thai basil, and green curry paste.

Ponsawan Thai Cuisine

16566 Washington St, Thornton, CO 80023

Pad See-Ewe Fresh rice noodles stir-fried with egg, broccoli, carrots, and a brown sauce.

Taste of Thailand

2120 S Broadway J, Denver, CO 80210

Kow Pad Kra Prow  Thai street dish, a spicy mix of fried rice with eggs, basil, garlic, onion, chilies, broccoli, carrots, and cabbage.

Pearl of Siam

18660 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80013

Pad Thai Woon Sen Silver noodles stir-fried with egg, bean sprouts, green onions, and Pad Thai sauce. Topped with ground peanuts and lime.

About The Author

Gabriela Reyes

Gabriela Reyes

Gaby has been part of the Denver/Boulder food scene since 2015 when she moved to Colorado. While gradually losing her ability to eat due to six years of misdiagnosed food allergies, she became fascinated with the culinary scene. Gaby, aka The Restaurant Encyclopedia, has been DiningOut's restaurant coordinator for food festivals since 2017 and joined the editorial team in 2022.

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