By Matthew Lewis, Contributing Reporter
DELRAY BEACH, FLORIDA – After staying-at-home for eternity, the City of Delray Beach is reopening and residents are eager to get out and rediscover all the great food available. For those that do not have ka-thi (coconut milk), phrik daeng (red chilies) and nam pla (fish sauce) at home, Thai cuisine will be one of the first cravings to satisfy.
Thai food is a restaurant staple in metropolitan meccas like New York and London, but it is not as common across the country. A Vice article in 2018 estimated there were 5,342 Thai restaurants in the United States, compared to around 54,000 Mexican restaurants. Luckily Delray Beach is not your average village, and there are a number of great Thai options.
Eathai – 1832 S Federal Hwy, Delray Beach, FL 33483
Perhaps the most authentic Thai in Delray Beach is just south of Linton Road. This eatery is the work of owner Sopanut Sopochana, who at the age of fourteen, moved to New York. Described as ‘hip, modern Thai restaurant with à la carte and tasting menus, vegetarian options and full bar.’
A recent TripAdviser review said, “Creative and delicious Thai dishes. Very pleasant, relaxing, and attractive interior. Good service. Overall, a great experience.” Midrange price, open for lunch and dinner but closed Tuesday and Sunday – and offer pickup or delivery.
Chaiyo Thai Bistro – 14812 S Military Trail, Delray Beach, FL 33484
This Thai restaurant also offers sushi and is in a shopping center, but a local favorite. Listed as ‘restaurant offering Thai dishes and sushi rolls in a casually elegant dining room.’ A recent TripAdviser review said, “The food is plated so artistically that you don’t want to eat it, but the aroma overpowers your need just to enjoy the view.” Midrange price, open for lunch and dinner and offer pickup or delivery.
Lemongrass Asian Bistro – 420 E Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach, FL 33483
The most chic option for atmosphere, this ‘bustling outpost offers varied Asian eats including sushi in a streamlined space with outdoor seats.’ They have grown to four locations in the surrounding towns. Price is slightly higher which covers the ambiance and energy of E. Atlantic Avenue. Mid-to-high price, open for lunch and dinner (later than most) and offer pickup or delivery.
Nana Noodles and Sushi Bar – 5195 W Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach, FL 33484
Described as ‘polished strip-mall eatery with modern banquettes turning out elevated Thai and Pan-Asian dishes.’ A review on TripAdvisor explained, “There are not many Thai joints in Delray that also serve quality sushi and sashimi and my particular favorite their green, red, and Massaman curries. For vegan diners this is a wonderful menu to choose from as well.” Midrange price, open for lunch and dinner and offer pickup or delivery.
Ziree Thai & Sushi – 401 W Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach, FL 33444
Located slightly west of the walkable downtown Atlantic Avenue, this local favorite is described as ‘Thai curries and noodles meet Japanese fare and sushi in this airy dining room with refined decor.” Midrange price, and offer pickup or delivery with Delivery Dudes.
There are a number of other great Thai options in Delray Beach, the Village by the Sea is a big pond when it comes to great food.