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Ten Best Thai Restaurants in Broward and Palm Beach Counties

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2. Oriental Food Market & Take-Out

When it comes to ethnic food, some of the best options are found in small hole in the wall spots. Set in an undistinguished strip-mall on Dixie Highway in West Palm Beach is a tiny Asian Market, with some of the best Thai food around. Don't be surprised if you feel a bit confused when you first walk through the door: it looks more like a market than a restaurant (hence the name). Pass through the aisles of Asian ingredients and order at the counter. This spot sells some of the most authentic Thai food South Florida has to offer. Curries -- masaman, red, green, and panang -- are so boldly flavored your mind will be blown. Pad Thai so sweet and spicy, you'll wonder how you ever enjoyed the ubiquitous Americanized versions you've eaten all along. All of these go for around nine bucks, but according to the handwritten, dry-erase sign, "Prices are subject to change." Casual take out isn't for everyone: just those in the know.

1. Thai Spice

When it comes to a good restaurant of any nationality, longevity is key to determining whether or not a place is good. Awards and accolades also help. This place has all of the above. It's consistently won awards for the past 14 years, including Best Thai Restaurant from New Times. There's a reason for all the praise, this elegant restaurant serves some of most vivid Thai fare around. All entrées, from red curry chicken to scallops basil, can be served safe-and-sound mild or burn-a-hole-in-your-tongue spicy -- and they taste phenomenal no matter what. Seasonal house specials might include a whole Florida lobster stuffed with jumbo shrimp and scallops, Thai Spice grouper, seafood clay pot, or a Siam duck. And the wine list can rival that of even the best French or Italian restaurants around; the list ranges from Gekkeikan sake all the way up to Roederer champagne and Opus One.

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