1. Thai Spice

By Sara Ventiera

When it comes to a good restaurant of any nationality, longevity is key to determining whether or not a place is good. Awards and accolades also help. This place has all of the above. It’s consistently won awards for the past 14 years, including Best Thai Restaurant from New Times. There’s a reason for all the praise, this elegant restaurant serves some of most vivid Thai fare around. All entrées, from red curry chicken to scallops basil, can be served safe-and-sound mild or burn-a-hole-in-your-tongue spicy — and they taste phenomenal no matter what. Seasonal house specials might include a whole Florida lobster stuffed with jumbo shrimp and scallops, Thai Spice grouper, seafood clay pot, or a Siam duck. And the wine list can rival that of even the best French or Italian restaurants around; the list ranges from Gekkeikan sake all the way up to Roederer champagne and Opus One. Photo by Chelsea Scholler

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