I have a 2-week trip to Thailand and Laos coming up and excited to be back in a region I used to travel to more frequently a few years ago. Most of my trip will be in Laos, but I will spend a few days each in Bangkok and Chiang Mai.
I've gone through a lot of threads here and blogs and internet articles and whatnot and have come up with the list below based on categories. I'm not so worried about Bangkok as I like the foodcourts and eating on the street, but I've pegged here a few of the restaurants I've come across that look interesting. Deliberately left out anything Northern or Issan. Chiang Mai I have never visited before, so I'm interested if I've captured some good ones here. I'm building a list of specific dishes for all these places as well. Anyway, looking for comments or thoughts on these restaurants and otherwise any commentary on the food scene there.
Seafood- Krua Apsorn, T Pochana, Lek Seafood, Somboon Seafood, Ban Klang Nam, Khun Ying Seafood Restaurant
Street- Phad Thai Rajthevee, Thip Samai
Chinese-Thai- Chua Kim Heng (goose)
Thai- Baan Prachachuen, Baan Phuengchom, Bussaracum Royal Thai Restaurant, Klang Soi Thai Restaurant
Southern Thai- Khua Kling + Pak Sod Restaurant, Phuket Town Thai Restaurant
Khao soi- Lamduan, Kao Soi Sa Mer Chai, Kao Soi Islam, Baan Bua Loy
Kanom jeen nam ngiaw- Nam Ngiaw Thapae
Isaan cuisine- Sorn Chan, Wera's Laab Ped, SP chicken, Yod Sap Restaurant
Northern cuisine- Houn Soontaree Vechanont, Tong, Baan Rai Yam Yen, Huen Phen (lunch), Hong Taew Inn, Aroon Rai
Drinking food- Pa Daeng Jin Tup (read about it in a NYT article with Andy Ricker)
Others- D-Lo Burmese Restaurant, Mitmai Yunnanese, Him Baan Suan (Thai Chinese)