Poll results are in — Royal Orchid voted Twin Cities' best Thai restaurant

Is the Royal Orchid really the best Thai restaurant in the Twin Cities? The results of our recent poll probably won't put an end to the debates about who makes the best pad Thai and tom yum, but they do indicate which restaurant has the most loyal fan base: the Royal Orchid, 4022 University Ave., Columbia Heights, finished far ahead of the other 19 contenders, with 58 votes - 33 percent of all votes cast. Mango Thai in St. Paul finished second with 15 votes, and Sen Yai Sen Lek in northeast Minneapolis placed third with 11 votes. 

Amazing Thai
2% (3 votes)
Bangkok Thai Deli
6% (10 votes)
Chiang Mai Thai
1% (2 votes)
Krungthep Thai
5% (8 votes)
Roat Osha
2% (4 votes)
Royal Bangkok
1% (1 vote)
Ruam Mit Thai
2% (4 votes)
Supatra'a Thai Cuisine
5% (9 votes)
Taste of Thailand (any location)
4% (7 votes)
True Thai
5% (8 votes)
Tum Rup Thai
2% (3 votes)
Sawatdee Thai (any location)
2% (3 votes)
Another choice (name it in a comment and it will be added to the list)
4% (7 votes)
Mango Thai
9% (15 votes)
On's Kitchen
3% (6 votes)
Sen Yai Sen Lek
6% (11 votes)
Naviya's Thai Brasserie
3% (6 votes)
Royal Orchid
33% (58 votes)
Pad Thai
5% (8 votes)
Karta Thai
1% (1 vote)
Lemongrass Thai
1% (1 vote)
Total votes: 175
  • Karta Thai is so good too! - by Mike Roberts on Fri, 05/24/2013 - 9:47pm
  • I knew it from the very beginning. - by Les Buhr on Sun, 06/09/2013 - 2:03pm
  • The Royal Orchid has the best Thai food that I have ever had and you always feel so welcomed. This family run restaurant offers incredible authentic Thai food, friendly atmosphere and the family takes the time to personally inner act with their customers. We travel quite a distance to go to the Royal Orchid and it is always a special treat and more than worth the trip. - by Bev Gebbia on Fri, 05/24/2013 - 10:29pm
  • This was really close! Royal Orchid not only has reaaaaallllly good food, but the brothers that work there usually make paper cranes for my two little kids. Extra points right there! - by Erika Larson on Fri, 05/24/2013 - 8:01pm
  • Royal Orchid... period. BEST food and BEST service in the cities! LOVE THIS PLACE! - by Cynthia Schlichting on Sat, 05/25/2013 - 11:38am
  • Royal Orchid is my #1. - by Dee Tvedt on Wed, 05/22/2013 - 10:21pm
  • Pad Thai on Grand! - by Jay Gabler on Thu, 05/23/2013 - 9:42am
  • It is a great experience to go to the ROYAL ORCHID where you are treated royally. Above all Royal Orchid is a first-class authentically Thai restaurant. Pat, the owner is chef, and his twin sons Waroun and Waren greet you by name, remember what you like from their menu, and cheerfully banter with you informally if you want to banter or leave you with your dining partners if you want to be left alone. Go to Royal Orchid for the food -- and leave as a friend of the "royal" Sukhitipya family. - by Paul Nockleby on Sat, 06/08/2013 - 9:08am
  • Royal Orchid is definitely the best. Consistently awesome! - by Brian Carlson on Sat, 06/01/2013 - 12:43pm
  • Where is Naviyas? Love her carefully sourced food & fresh flavors. - by Claudia Dengler on Thu, 05/23/2013 - 9:11am

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thai restaurants

The orchid seems to be the favorite.  Is it chem free or organic and local?

Lemon Grass Thai Cuisine

Lemon Grass Thai Cuisine Brooklyn Park

Sen Yai Sen Lek should

Sen Yai Sen Lek should definitley be on the list!

Best Thai in TC

Mango Thai in St. Paul, hands down. Huge omission from your poll!

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