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“Best Thai food in Austin! (We like it even better than Thai food in Thailand!)”
Review of Thamnak Thai

Thamnak Thai
Ranked #69 of 215 Restaurants in Cedar Park
Price range: $5 - $10
Cuisines: Thai
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Austin, Texas
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“Best Thai food in Austin! (We like it even better than Thai food in Thailand!)”
Reviewed November 6, 2011

We have visited BangKok and Chiang Mai a couple of times in the last few years. On each occasion, we missed Thamnak Thai's dishes at home! This says it all about our opinion on this Thai restaurant.
It is a family oriented, located in a hard to find strip mall in Cedar Park, north of Austin, with plenty of parking spaces. The restaurant is kind of a smaller size. The chef cook is from Northern Thailand and her husband is running the dining area. They are both super nice. And their food, as we headlined it, is better than Thai dishes in Thailand, in our own opinion. (Disclosure: we are Vietnamese Americans). The one thing that could be improved is faster service!
We always order Panang Tofu with Curry, Pad See EEw with squids, Tamarine and Fish Sauce Fish dish, Clear Noodle with Chicken Soup. Always! And the price is just right! What a treat to have the best Thai food in town without having to fly to Thailand!

  • Visited November 2011
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“Delicious authentic thai cuisine”
Reviewed September 13, 2011

Thamnak Thai is one of the few restaurants that does not sacrifice authenticity, quality, or amount of their food for an economical price. While you can get a meal for $5-$10, it is not because the ingredients are cheap or the portions are skimpy. Whenever I eat there, I get enough food for two meals, and enjoy it the second day just as much as I did when it was served to me fresh and hot. The service is also splendid for the most part, and they are willing to adjust dishes to your personal taste. For example, I love their green curry fried rice but I prefer it at two star spiciness rather than the three it is listed at. Thamnak Thai's lunch menu boasts their most popular dishes and generously comes with soup and an egg roll, all for under $10. Their dinner menu contains a wide variety of dishes, including soups, noodles, fried rice, curries, and seafood. Their seafood is high quality, so you might pay a little more for it, but you are much less likely to have adverse gastrointestinal effects. There is no price for avoiding sickness! The red snapper is absolutely phenomenal, so order that and don't share, because you will finish it by yourself. The restaurant has lots of booths and Thai decor, providing a cozy atmosphere that is casual but not trashy. Overall, I highly recommend Thamnak Thai as a great place to take your family, friends, or coworkers.

  • Visited May 2011
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“Addicting”
Reviewed August 12, 2011

This has been one of our family favorites for 3 years. The food is fresh, hot and delicious. Only twice, out of several dozen of visits, has a dish not been below its usual excellence, which I feel is a great track record.

The decor isn't fancy, but then neither are the prices. The price is very reasonable for the generous portions. Customizations are happily accommodated, certainly not the case at many restaurants.

Though the wait staff seems to turn over regularly, every one we've gotten has been polite and attentive. Jojo is our favorite, and she's been there as long as we've been going.

We have eaten Thai at various places around the country. This place ranks in our top three, so lucky us, this one is close to home!

  • Visited July 2011
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“Food was good, quantities were large. No spectacular presentation, pretty standard.”
Reviewed July 24, 2010

Food was good, quantities were large. No spectacular presentation, pretty standard.

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“Nice friendly service if...”
Reviewed September 23, 2008

Nice friendly service if a little bit slow...Food is really good. Best thai-curry so far in Austin.

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