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What’s not to like about Thai food? It’s light, fresh and full of flavor. The next time you’re craving a bowl of drunken noodles or fiery chicken wings, these five restaurants have you covered.

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Sawaddee Thai & Sushi

We’re all for a secret restaurant, especially when the reward of finding it includes volcano chicken (lightly grilled in savory homemade chili sauce). Tucked away inside an ordinary strip mall, Sawaddee is a top-notch Thai spot with some of the best noodles and seafood in the city. It’s also one of the only BYOB restaurants in the area that doesn’t charge a corkage fee. Consider it a win-win.

6968 Bay Dr., Miami Beach; 305-866-8111 or sawaddeethaisushi.com

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NaiYaRa

When a restaurant’s tagline is “Sexy Sushi Thai,” you know your dining experience will be anything but ordinary. Chef Piyarat Potha Arreeratn (aka Chef Bee) puts a modern spin on the typical Thai meal, serving kimchi chicken wings and Wagyu beef dumplings with fruity cocktails and clubby music. Let’s just say it’s worth pulling out your heels for this. 

1854 Bay Rd., Miami Beach; 786-275-6005 or naiyara.com

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Cake Thai

If you ask someone their absolute favorite Thai restaurant in Miami, they’ll most likely name Cake Thai first. With locations in Miami’s MiMo neighborhood, at Lincoln Eatery in Miami Beach and inside 1-800-Lucky in Wynwood, it’s nothing if not convenient. Wherever you go, you’ll want to come hungry and try as much of the menu as possible, including the pineapple fried rice, cashew nut chicken and short-rib curry. Pro tip: Ask for extra sweet chili sauce.

7919 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 786-534-7906 or cakethaikitchen.com

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Rin J./ Yelp

Lung Yai Thai Tapas

Leave it to Miami to have a restaurant that serves Thai tapas in Little Havana, of all places. But that’s what Lung Yai does, and honestly, we don’t know what we’d do without its crispy tofu, Thai-spiced fried chicken and khao soi gai (egg noodles in golden curry with coriander and red onions). So worth the drive.

1731 SW Eighth St., Miami; 786-334-6262 or lung-yai-thai-tapas.com

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Moon Thai

With seven locations around town—including Coral Gables, Kendall and Aventura—Moon Thai clearly knows what it takes to cook up quality Thai food. Tom yum hot pot, coconut shrimp, mango salad and pad ke mow (aka our favorite drunken noodles with Chinese broccoli and bell peppers)? Yep, we go all out here.

Various locations; moonthai.com

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