If you're a Triangle-dwelling Thai food fan, it's likely that you know about Sawasdee Thai Restaurant?it won Indy Week's Best of the Triangle award for Best Thai Cuisine every year from 2007?2011. In 2013, it picked up another honor from the paper: Best Restaurant with Gluten-Free Options. While the Thai chefs at Sawasdee ground the menu in their homeland's culinary traditions?which means the salt comes from fish sauce, the sweetness from palm sugar, and the pucker from tamarind?they're always looking for ways to make them feel fresh and relevant to local diners. That means things such as creating a separate gluten-free menu so no one has to begin their meal simply hunting for a dish that suits their diet. And an extensive vegetarian section leaves out the fish sauce (and egg, if desired), replacing animal products with mixed greens, tofu, and other botanical elements. Naturally, the heat can be adjusted, too, on a scale that starts at "spicy" and tops out at "make-you-cry."
Sawasdee's chefs also give the ingredients themselves extra scrutiny. Even in seasons when fresh herbs are hard to find, they scour suppliers' shelves to make sure they always have authentic seasonings such as galangal and lemongrass on hand. In meat dishes, all-white-meat chicken, large shrimp, beef sirloin, and pork tenderloin bed down on Thai jasmine rice. And at both Sawasdee locations, designers have shown a similar attention to detail in the decor. On Glenwood, a huge compass rose in the ceiling softly lights the dining room's woodwork and trailing succulents and helps curry-intoxicated diners find their way out the door. The location on Capital is less sleek and more cozy, with red walls, traditional carved screens, and even a patio surrounded by dense greenery on all sides.
Raleigh's Bangkok Thai Restaurant offers a traditional menu of Thai dishes in a relaxed setting. No need to miss out on Bangkok Thai Restaurant just because you are avoiding fat or gluten. The restaurant has loads of options that can accommodate your dietary needs. Take the kids along too — Bangkok Thai Restaurant is a great spot for families with food that even little ones will love. Got the whole gang with you? Bangkok Thai Restaurant is a great pick for large parties. The patio seating at Bangkok Thai Restaurant is perfect for those warm summer days.
Not a popular place for dress-up dining, most Bangkok Thai Restaurant patrons come in casual attire. For the tastes of Bangkok Thai Restaurant from the comfort of your next party, the restaurant also offers catering services. Or, take your grub to-go.
Don't spend time searching for parking — visitors are welcome to use the adjoining lot.
Expect your bill at Bangkok Thai Restaurant to come in at around $30 per person. No need to sweat your schedule — the restaurant is open 24 hours a day.
Raleigh's Lemongrass Thai Restaurant offers a traditional menu of Thai dishes in a relaxed setting. There are no low-fat options here, though, so save a few extra calories for your next visit. Lemongrass Thai Restaurant also provides alcohol, so diners don't have to worry about bringing their own bottle. You won't need to get a sitter before heading to Lemongrass Thai Restaurant — kids are more than welcome at this family-friendly establishment. On warmer days, you can take advantage of Lemongrass Thai Restaurant's al fresco patio seating.
Keep it casual at Lemongrass Thai Restaurant — the restaurant is laid-back and patrons dress accordingly. Carry-out is also available for those who prefer to enjoy Lemongrass Thai Restaurant's cooking from the comfort of their own home.
Lemongrass Thai Restaurant offers a nice selection of mid-range cuisine, so you can expect a meal there to cost about $30 or less per person. Lemongrass Thai Restaurant offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by whenever is most convenient for you.
Don't settle for an inferior brew! The java at Spize Cafe will perk you right up. You won't find any low-fat fare here, though, so leave some room to indulge. Spize Cafe is more than willing to accommodate families, so kids are welcome to tag along. Enjoy the cool summer breezes on Spize Cafe's seasonally available outdoor seating. For no extra charge, utilize Spize Cafe's free wifi. With its spacious interior, Spize Cafe is a great choice for big groups and celebrations. Pups of all sorts are also welcome at the coffee shop.
Getting your food to go is also an option. The coffee shop also offers catering if you want to bring the flavors of Spize Cafe to your next party or event.
Street parking is available, or, on busy nights, a nearby lot is another option for drivers.
Prices don't get much better than this, either, with typical meals running under the $15 mark. Spize Cafe accepts all major credit cards, including Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express.
For fresh maki, Raleigh's Shaba Shabu has got you covered. You won't find any low-fat fare here, though, so leave some room to indulge. Order a bottle for the table if you like — Shaba Shabu has a full bar stocked with the best wine, beer, and more. At Shaba Shabu, kids of all ages are welcome. Big family? Tons of friends? Bring 'em all to Shaba Shabu — the restaurant has an awesome layout for large parties and groups.
For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your grub to go.
If you're driving, be sure to take advantage of the nearby lot.
The menu at Shaba Shabu is reasonably priced, with most items costing less than $30.
The multitalented chefs at Café Asia Raleigh draw culinary influences from all over Asia as they devise a menu of cooked entrees and artfully rolled sushi. While sitting in black leather booths or at cherry-wood tables, diners catch whiffs of alluring aromas coming from the kitchen, where culinary wizards conjure up shrimp tempura appetizers, miso soups, and noodle and rice dishes, including lobster pad thai and chicken teriyaki served with steamed vegetables. Flavors from the ocean star in the restaurant’s sushi selection, which includes rainbow rolls with five types of fish and spider rolls with soft-shell crab, avocado, cucumber, and scallions.