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St. Pete Gems: Thai Am on 4th Street is a must-visit for authentic Thai food

St. Pete Gems: Thai Am on 4th Street is a must-visit for authentic Thai food

a basil seafood dish with shellfish and veggies
We love their Basil Seafood dish

A 4th Street favorite for over 20 years, Thai Am (6040 4th Street North) is home to some of St. Pete’s best and most creative Thai noodles, soups, salads, and specialty dishes. The owner and head chef – both natives of Thailand – have one of the most expansive Thai menus in the city. The menu features traditional Thai classics as well as wickedly delicious twists on authentic recipes.


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Thai Am is open seven days a week for dining in or to go for lunch and dinner.

  • Lunch: Monday-Friday from 11:30 am-2:30pm
  • Dinner: Sunday-Thursday from 5-9pm; Friday-Saturday from 5-10pm

a whole fried snapper plated with edible orchids and veggies
NEW! The whole fried snapper at Thai Am

Let's talk about their massive menu

Thai Am’s menu features over 50 different appetizers, bowls, main courses, sides, and desserts, as well as traditional iced Thai teas and coffee. Their authentic Thai chef uses ingredients imported from Thailand to create each delicious menu item.

They recently added a gorgeous whole-fried snapper to their menu and it’s one of the best fish dishes we’ve ever tried. Thai Am’s new fried rice with chili jam was another instant favorite for our team.

Thai Am makes a gluten-free pad Thai as good as any noodle plate around. Get it Thai hot if you’re feeling dangerous. The creamy and tangy tom kha shrimp soup is the perfect pairing for any spicy main course. The extensive list of duck dishes is divine, and the yum crispy duck salad is a light, bright, and crunchy adventure. 

For dessert, order a traditional plate of fresh mango sticky rice with coconut drizzled on top and you’re in the best Thai-induced coma this side of the Pacific. 

Flaming whiskey on top of a chicken dish at Thai Am
Thai Am's jaw-dropping "Chicken on Fire" dish

‘Chicken on Fire’ offers one of St. Pete’s tastiest dishes

When it comes to the entrees, there is a wealth of options on Thai Am’s menu. But the main event here, the dish delivering the biggest flavor, is “gai fai,” AKA Chicken on Fire.

A fried chicken breast filet is covered in a spicy Thai chili sauce and laid on a bed of fresh vegetables, before then getting its final touch. A cup full of whiskey is lit on fire and poured on top of the chicken, sending real flames flicking across the chicken. The result is one of the most flavorful forms of chicken and veggies around, a spicy, crunchy, and savory delight.

beef salad with cucumbers and tomatoes
Thai Am's "Beef Salad"

Thai Am excels with creative takes on Thai classics

While Thai Am does a phenomenal job with the classics, adventurous eaters will discover their true culinary bliss in the inventive dishes. The unexpected spicy Thai-style salmon and seafood red curry will take diners by surprise with their big flavor, but the stars are still to come.

On an appetizer list with nearly 20 options ranging from mini egg rolls, Thai beef jerky, and fried eggplant to krab Rangoon, curry puffs, and chicken satay, there’s plenty to choose from. But the big draw here is a Thai Am specialty – stuffed chicken wings.

Massive chicken wings are stuffed with cheese, spices, and vegetables then wrapped in tempura batter and deep-fried whole. Creating a wing experience like none other. Dip it in some chili sauce or just dive right in for hot, juicy goodness.

Open seven days a week and featuring a menu big enough to get daily diners through an entire month, it’s one of St. Pete’s oldest Thai restaurants, and to this day it remains one of its best, as well. 


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