If you’re longing for delicious, authentic Thai food – especially curry – you don’t necessarily have to travel to Southeast Asia. Boulder, Colorado, has three top places where you can get delectable curry lunches for less than $10.
So, as temperatures start to drop, treat yourself to a nice warm bowl of curry. Close your eyes and picture yourself surrounded by culture, history and gorgeous beaches in Thailand. With the tastes your mouth will experience, you’ll think you’re actually there. Best of all, your wallet won’t notice a thing.
No. 3. The restaurant with the most extensive curry choices is NaRaYa. They have eight curries to satisfy every taste bud and every curry lover. Flavors range from peanut to ginger to “jungle” curry. Each curry is served with a side of rice and your choice of chicken, beef or tofu for only $9.55. Portion sizes are large, so split it with someone or ask for a doggy bag and enjoy your delicious curry again later that night. If you are craving some other food before your curry, NaRaYa also features moderately priced appetizers.
NaRaYa, 1575 Folsom St., Boulder, Colorado, 80302; 303-447-9718; narayathaisushi.com
No. 2. The biggest “bang for your buck” can be found at Five Spice Asian Cuisine. Five Spice has been a favorite for Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese and Mandarin cuisine since 2006. They offer four types of traditional Thai curry, including pineapple curry and green curry. For only $6.95 at lunch, you can get any of these curries with your choice of chicken, beef or tofu (shrimp is $1 more). Best of all, any lunch entree is served with brown, white or fried rice; spring roll or crab rangoon; and soup. Five Spice offers dishes without MSG, additional salt and sugar, corn starch or unhealthy oils.
Five Spice Asian Cuisine, 3325 28th St., Boulder, Colorado, 80301; 720-565-0707; 5spiceasiancuisine.com
No. 1. Khow Thai Cafe has, by far, the best curry in Boulder. This restaurant, tucked away on Broadway, is family owned and has won numerous awards, including Best Thai Restaurant in Boulder County since 2003. Each recipe is a family legacy and has been brought to the U.S. from Thailand by one of Khow Thai’s three owners. All six of their curries are made to order, and you can specify how spicy or mild you would like it. Curries come with an appetizer, soup, steamed rice and your choice of chicken, tofu, pork, veggie or beef for only $7.71 at lunch.
Khow Thai Café, 1600 Broadway, Boulder, Colorado, 80302; 303-447-0273; khow-thai.com/cms/
If You Go
1575 Folsom St., Boulder, Colorado, 80302
Monday – Thursday 11 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Friday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday 4:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
(Our kitchen is closed 15 minutes before closing time)
Lunch: 11:30 am – 3 pm, Buy 1 Get 1 Free Sushi Roll
Drink: 3-6 pm $1 beer with small sake purchase
Five Spice Asian Cuisine
3325 28th St., Boulder, Colorado, 80301
Mon -Sat 11:00 am – 9:30 pm
Sunday 4:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Lunch 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Khow Thai Café
1600 Broadway, Boulder, Colorado, 80302
M-F Lunch 11 AM – 4 PM
M-F Dinner 4 PM – 10 PM
Sat-Sun 12 Noon – 10 PM (Dinner Menu)