In search of a new favorite Thai spot?
Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best affordable Thai restaurants around Oakland, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of where to fulfill your urges.
1. Vientian Café
Topping the list is Vientian Café. Located at 3801 Allendale Ave. (between 39th and 38th avenues.) in Allendale, the Vietnamese, Thai and Laotian spot is the highest-rated budget-friendly Thai restaurant in Oakland, boasting four stars out of 901 reviews on Yelp.
The cafe serves up soups, salads, noodles, curries and rice. The menu features spicy red curry eggplant with salmon, as well as sweet basil calamari with chili sauce, fresh garlic, onion and sweet basil.
Check out the entire menu here.
2. Old Weang Ping Village
Next up is Millsmont's Old Weang Ping Village, situated at 6217 MacArthur Blvd. (between 62nd and 63rd avenues). With four stars out of 360 reviews on Yelp, the Thai spot has proven to be a local favorite for those looking for a budget-friendly option.
Favorites from the menu include starters like crab rangoon (deep-fried wonton filled with cream cheese, imitation crab, onion, celery and carrot) and main courses like pad see-ew (pan-fried rice noodles with egg, carrot and broccoli in soy sauce) and pork salad (grilled pork with chili and lime dressing).
3. Sticky Rice Cafe
Sticky Rice Cafe, located at 2810 International Blvd., is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the cheap Laotian and Thai spot four stars out of 312 reviews.
This spot serves up papaya salad, lemongrass chicken and drunken noodles (basil, bell peppers, onion, carrot, broccoli, green bean, mushroom, bamboo shoots, tomatoes and a choice of protein). Desserts include mango sticky rice and fried banana ice cream.
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