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Spice Thai Cafe

201 E. Bethany Dr.
Allen, TX
Critics' Pick
Spice Thai Cafe +

Brian Reinhart


  • 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5-10 p.m.Mon-Fri, noon-10 p.m. Sat, noon-8 p.m. Sun
  • Vegetarian Friendly, Delivery, Takeout
  • Parking Lot Available
There’s really no doubt about who has the best Thai food in the Dallas area: It’s this tiny cafe in the suburb of Allen, mere feet from the new Watters Creek Convention Center. Ask for the “Thai menu,” a front-and-back sheet separate from the main menu which features spectacular versions of dishes like tom sap (sour soup with pork intestines), pad cha (spicy stir fried seafood and vegetables), gra pow moo krob (crisply seared pork with green beans and enormous quantities of basil) and hoy tod (a pancake filled with mussels). Spice Thai Cafe is BYOB, too. Exercise far more caution with spice levels here than you would elsewhere. A 2 out of 5 at Spice Thai is a 3 out of 5 at most good Thai spots; a 4 here would be, at the most Americanized joints, something like a 7 out of 5.

Top pick: As much as we love the light, fluffy fried mussel pancake, so delicate it’s almost like tempura, the real star here is the ultra-herby, fresh-tasting Thai salad of grilled shrimp mixed with lemongrass, lime, cilantro and big thick wedges of chile pepper.

The downside: Well, now we have to move to Allen.

Fun fact: In case it’s not enough to order off the Thai menu, which wasn’t translated into English at all until recently, there are also a handful of items that still haven’t been translated into English, and a few items on the main menu which can be made “Thai style” if you ask. Practically, by the way, Thai style means modifications like using freshly chopped hot peppers rather than a powder or spice mix.


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