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10 Hot Spots for Thai Food in Metro Detroit

Where to find pad thai, drunken noodles, and tom yum soup

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Often noted for its heat, Thai food is actually defined by a balance of sweet, sour, salty, and spicy. The restaurants in this list provide that balance, and are solid places to seek out when craving pad thai, drunken noodles, or sticky rice, whether it be for dining in or taking out.

There’s a concentration of Thai restaurants in Ferndale and Madison Heights, but no matter where you are in the region, there’s a great option nearby. From Hazel Park institution Pi’s Thai to modern fine-dining destination Khom Fai in Macomb, this map includes some of the region’s finest Thai restaurants.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Bai Mai Thai

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1541 E Lafayette St
Detroit, MI 48207
(313) 567-8424
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This cavernous and ornate downtown Detroit restaurant comes complete with a full bar with Thai beer. Spice levels on these traditional dishes vary, and are indicated with a chilli pepper on the menu.

2. Bangkok 96 Street Food

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474 Peterboro St
Detroit, MI 48201

Genevieve Vang worked in Wayne County’s first Thai restaurant, Bangkok Tiger, before opening Bangkok 96 in Dearborn Heights in 1996, and the Bangkok 96 Street Food stall at the Detroit Shipping Company in 2018. The abbreviated menu starts with palate-cleansing fresh spring rolls and includes candied beef and pad thai roll, customers’ go-to dish.

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Sliced pad thai roll are available as chicken, tofu, or vegetarian
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3. Lue Thai Cafe

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22215 Michigan Ave
Dearborn, MI 48124
(313) 558-9359
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This modern-looking, bright spot in west Dearborn has vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and halal takes on traditional and modern dishes. The kids’ menu serves chicken strips and wings as well as other kid-friendly Thai options.

4. Mhai Thai Authentic Thai Cuisine

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6603 N Canton Center Rd
Canton, MI 48187
(734) 359-5465
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This gem of a dinner spot opened in early 2020 with friendly, top-notch service that was a bright spot. The entrees are flavorful and fresh, with “medium” spice even providing a little kick without the MSG. Curry here is a standout and a big hit with customers. There’s a kids’ menu for the little ones.

5. Pi's Thai Cuisine

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24940 John R Rd
Hazel Park, MI 48030
(248) 545-4070
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This cash-only spot has been serving up delicious spring rolls, pad Thai, and the famed tom yum soup since 1986. Not much about the ambiance has changed, it’s almost impossible to get through on the telephone line, and the food is pretty spicy, but it’s worth it. Especially the tom yum soup.

6. Von Thai

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11494 E 10 Mile Rd
Warren, MI 48089
(586) 486-4930
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Von Thai, a popular Eastpointe spot, got a second home in Warren at the close of 2020. Try the corned beef egg rolls, or the tom yum or tom kha soups. The curry dishes, particularly the mussaman curry, are rich in flavor and relatively mild.

7. Sunrise Thai Restaurant

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28921 John R Rd
Madison Heights, MI 48071
(248) 543-1961
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Cozy and colorful Sunrise Thai (formerly Sunny Thai) serves classic Thai standards for lunch and dinner. The Halal menu is divided by noodles, entrees, curry, fried rice, and seafood, and has vegetarian and spiced-to-order options.

8. Phở Tài

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30577 Dequindre Rd
Madison Heights, MI 48071
(248) 397-8333

The menu at the friendly family-run Pho Tai is divided into Vietnamese and Thai entrees, with a little teriyaki too. Potato curry, green curry, and drunken noodles are some of the best dishes, and there are five levels of spiciness. Take off some of the heat with a Thai iced tea.

9. Thai Street Kitchen

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42805 Woodward Ave
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304
(248) 499-6867
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Head chef Ann, who emigrated to the United States almost four decades ago, focuses on fusing Michigan-sourced ingredients on her Thai menu. She uses antibiotic-free and cage-free chicken, beef with no added hormones or antibiotics, and organic non-GMO tofu. The dining room is temporarily closed for renovations but takeout is available.

10. Khom Fai: Thai Dining Experience

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48856 Romeo Plank Rd
Macomb, MI 48044
(586) 247-7773
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Khom Fai expanded into this 3,000-square-foot space in 2020 with craft cocktails, an extensive whiskey list, and a more modern dining room suitable for date night or a client meal. Chef specials include Norwegian salmon, sesame yellowfish tuna, pan-seared scallops, alongside traditional Thai entrees. Leave room for the green tea cheesecake or the warm, crispy apple pie rangoon.

1. Bai Mai Thai

1541 E Lafayette St, Detroit, MI 48207

This cavernous and ornate downtown Detroit restaurant comes complete with a full bar with Thai beer. Spice levels on these traditional dishes vary, and are indicated with a chilli pepper on the menu.

1541 E Lafayette St
Detroit, MI 48207

2. Bangkok 96 Street Food

474 Peterboro St, Detroit, MI 48201
A sliced pad thai roll surrounded by herbs, sliced lime, chopsticks, and a pool of brown sauce.
Sliced pad thai roll are available as chicken, tofu, or vegetarian
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Genevieve Vang worked in Wayne County’s first Thai restaurant, Bangkok Tiger, before opening Bangkok 96 in Dearborn Heights in 1996, and the Bangkok 96 Street Food stall at the Detroit Shipping Company in 2018. The abbreviated menu starts with palate-cleansing fresh spring rolls and includes candied beef and pad thai roll, customers’ go-to dish.

474 Peterboro St
Detroit, MI 48201

3. Lue Thai Cafe

22215 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, MI 48124

This modern-looking, bright spot in west Dearborn has vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and halal takes on traditional and modern dishes. The kids’ menu serves chicken strips and wings as well as other kid-friendly Thai options.

22215 Michigan Ave
Dearborn, MI 48124

4. Mhai Thai Authentic Thai Cuisine

6603 N Canton Center Rd, Canton, MI 48187

This gem of a dinner spot opened in early 2020 with friendly, top-notch service that was a bright spot. The entrees are flavorful and fresh, with “medium” spice even providing a little kick without the MSG. Curry here is a standout and a big hit with customers. There’s a kids’ menu for the little ones.

6603 N Canton Center Rd
Canton, MI 48187

5. Pi's Thai Cuisine

24940 John R Rd, Hazel Park, MI 48030

This cash-only spot has been serving up delicious spring rolls, pad Thai, and the famed tom yum soup since 1986. Not much about the ambiance has changed, it’s almost impossible to get through on the telephone line, and the food is pretty spicy, but it’s worth it. Especially the tom yum soup.

24940 John R Rd
Hazel Park, MI 48030

6. Von Thai

11494 E 10 Mile Rd, Warren, MI 48089

Von Thai, a popular Eastpointe spot, got a second home in Warren at the close of 2020. Try the corned beef egg rolls, or the tom yum or tom kha soups. The curry dishes, particularly the mussaman curry, are rich in flavor and relatively mild.

11494 E 10 Mile Rd
Warren, MI 48089

7. Sunrise Thai Restaurant

28921 John R Rd, Madison Heights, MI 48071

Cozy and colorful Sunrise Thai (formerly Sunny Thai) serves classic Thai standards for lunch and dinner. The Halal menu is divided by noodles, entrees, curry, fried rice, and seafood, and has vegetarian and spiced-to-order options.

28921 John R Rd
Madison Heights, MI 48071

8. Phở Tài

30577 Dequindre Rd, Madison Heights, MI 48071

The menu at the friendly family-run Pho Tai is divided into Vietnamese and Thai entrees, with a little teriyaki too. Potato curry, green curry, and drunken noodles are some of the best dishes, and there are five levels of spiciness. Take off some of the heat with a Thai iced tea.

30577 Dequindre Rd
Madison Heights, MI 48071

9. Thai Street Kitchen

42805 Woodward Ave, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304

Head chef Ann, who emigrated to the United States almost four decades ago, focuses on fusing Michigan-sourced ingredients on her Thai menu. She uses antibiotic-free and cage-free chicken, beef with no added hormones or antibiotics, and organic non-GMO tofu. The dining room is temporarily closed for renovations but takeout is available.

42805 Woodward Ave
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304

10. Khom Fai: Thai Dining Experience

48856 Romeo Plank Rd, Macomb, MI 48044

Khom Fai expanded into this 3,000-square-foot space in 2020 with craft cocktails, an extensive whiskey list, and a more modern dining room suitable for date night or a client meal. Chef specials include Norwegian salmon, sesame yellowfish tuna, pan-seared scallops, alongside traditional Thai entrees. Leave room for the green tea cheesecake or the warm, crispy apple pie rangoon.

48856 Romeo Plank Rd
Macomb, MI 48044

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