Reader Survey 2012: Best Thai Restaurant in Portland

Pok Pok Portland Chicken Wings

Pok Pok Chicken Wings

In 2011, the order of best Thai was Pok Pok, Red Onion, Chiang Mai, Chaba Thai, Mee-Sen, Thai Noon and E-san. This year, Chiang Mai has climbed, Red Onion has plummeted, and Thai Noon has fallen off the list. I don’t think it will surprise anyone that Pok Pok took 43% of the vote. Here are the results:

Out of 840 votes:

1. Pok Pok – 43% of the vote. 3226 Southeast Division Street  Portland, OR 97202  Map  (503) 232-1387  My review

2. Chiang Mai – 8% 3145 SE Hawthorne Blvd  Portland, OR 97214  Map  (503) 234-6192

3. Cha Ba Thai – 3%

  • 3024 N.E. Alberta St. Portland, OR 97211 Map (503) 719-6917
  • 5810 N.E. Sandy Blvd. Portland, OR 97213  Map   (503) 282-3970

4. Red Onion Thai – 2.5% 1123 Northwest 23rd Avenue  Portland, OR 97210  Map  (503) 208-2634

5. Mee Sen – 3924 N Mississippi Ave., Portland, OR 97227  Map  (503) 445-1909

6. E-San Thai Cuisine –

  • 133 Southwest 2nd Avenue  Portland, OR 97204  Map  (503) 223-4090
  • 8233 N Denver Ave., Portland OR 97217  Map  (503) 517-0683

8. Pad Thai Kitchen – 2309 Southeast Belmont Street  Portland, OR 97214  Map  (503) 232-8766

9. PaaDee Thai Comfort Food – 6 Southeast 28th Avenue  Portland, OR 97214  Map  (503) 360-1453

I like Pok Pok, Chiang Mai and Red Onion.

You can see the rest of the 2012 Reader Survey results here

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Your thoughts are welcome

  1. says

    Excellent! Thank you for posting the results. Now I have a list to work of. Out of those I’ve only been to Pok Pok (which was amazing! I had the boar’s collar and it was the spiciest meal I’ve ever had. I still tell people about how they brought out collard greens and shaved ice to cool my palate down.).

      • says

        We’d love to have you here, FD. Our food has been improving since we have a new head chef & a line cook in March from the recently closed down place on broadway. I’m also put more attention and care to this place and hoping one day we could become a better place to eat and drink for Portland foodies./Earl

  2. Ingrid says

    E-San on Denver was seriously some of the Worst food (not just Thai) I have ever tried to eat. Sivali Thai in SE is quite good and the folks running are beyond welcoming.

  3. says

    Having lived in thailand and south east asia, as well as holding cooking classes in these areas, i find
    It criminal to call pok poks food excellent.
    The food here, at its best is mai aroi, overly commercialised.
    Another attempt at the bastardisation of a perfectly fine ethnic cuisine.
    I presume if the masses are in tune with mundane and mediocre thai cuisine then so be it.
    There is severe salty flavour left behind on my palate, and its not from nam phla.

    Bon vivant

    Poirot

  4. Jason says

    The Vietnamese-only menu at Yen Ha not at all secret—just ask for it.

    Worth trying is Tiet Canh—dish of duck blood mixed with various innards and eaten with rice crackers, chilies, lime & fish sauce. Extremely popular with Vietnamese customers and a common dish with drinks.

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