Family owned and operated for nearly 30 years, Araya’s is an entirely vegan restaurant that offers delicious Thai flavors, and it has captured the hearts of omnivores and vegetarians alike. The beloved buffet features a variety of Thai favorites such as pad Thai, tom yum soup, spring rolls, curries, and sticky black rice with coconut milk. Looking for something spicy? The drunken mushroom noodles, stir-fried with three kinds of mushrooms, garlic, and chili, starts smooth and then brings the heat. Various locations, arayasplace.com
First runner-up: Thai Ginger
Second runner-up: Thai Tom
Honorable mention: Buddha Ruksa, Jamjuree
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