BANGKOK THAI

513 S. Carrollton Ave. 861-3932

Bangkok Thai boasts some of the freshest red curry in the city, thanks in part to the homegrown herbs tended to by the staff. In the classic Pad Thai, the noodles can be topped with either shrimp, chicken, or tofu,. The lunch buffet on weekdays provides a full range of the authentic and traditional menu. Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner daily. Credit cards. $

BASIL LEAF

1438 S. Carrollton Ave. 862-9001

Light, flavorful Thai cuisine is on the menu at the Basil Leaf, where the hot and sour soup or the seared scallop dumplings provide a nice start. The sesame-coated red snapper and the fried duck with gingered vegetables continue the noveau Thai trend. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SIAM CAFE

435 Esplanade Ave. 949-1750

Siam Cafe is a Thai restaurant with a bohemian vibe nestled below the Dragon¹s Den. Try the classic Pad Thai, a generous portion of traditional noodles served with sizzling shrimp, chicken breast, bean sprouts, crushed peanuts and seasoned with spicy chiles. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $