Reflecting the popularity of Thai food in Portland, this category in our reader survey received more votes than any other. Though it is still ahead by a large margin, it is interesting to note that Pok Pok fell from 43% last year, with Chiang Mai picking up nearly the same percentage. Still, Pok Pok consistently rates as one of Portland’s best restaurants in our overall poll, placing #2 overall in 2012. Red Onion Thai has moved up by 3.5%.
- 2012: Pok Pok, Chiang Mai, Cha Ba Thai, Red Onion Thai, Mee Sen.
- 2011: Pok Pok, Red Onion, Chiang Mai
Out of 1,175 votes in this category:
- Pok Pok – 38% of the vote. 3226 Southeast Division Street Portland 97202 Map (503) 232-1387 My review
- Chiang Mai – 11% 3145 SE Hawthorne Blvd Portland 97214 Map
- Red Onion Thai – 6% 1123 Northwest 23rd Avenue Portland 97210 Map (503) 208-2634
Cha’Ba Thai and Paadee are tied for a distant 4th place.
No other restaurants reached statistically significant votes.
Earl Ninsom’s last two thai efforts have eclipsed Pok Pok for me- the quality is more consistent, the dishes are interesting, the cost is significantly lower and portions are more generous. Chiang Mai is somewhere up there too. Still, I enjoy the Pok Pok experience and we owe a debt of gratitude to Andy Ricker for raising the bar to the point where we can have places like PaaDee / Chiang Mai and the like.
Food Dude says
I haven’t tried Earl’s most recent restaurant, but have had decidedly varied experiences at Paa Dee. I’ve had some really excellent dishes there one night, and have found them nothing special another night. Service has been all over the place, from great to downright lousy. At this point I’ve quit recommending it to friends.