Pad Thai with prawns at Daughter Thai.
| Jonathan Phillips/Eater

For decades, Thai dining in greater Denver was a modest affair, with few restaurants pulling away from the pack of neighborhood stalwarts peddling traditionalist menus to offer something qualitatively different. But it doesn’t take much of a rising tide to lift all boats, and a spate of newcomers in recent years has given the whole scene a refresh. From sentimental old favorites to intriguing upstarts, here are 13 spots worth the drive (in some cases) and the wait (in others).

Note: Listings are ordered geographically from west to east, and the spellings of dish names are those used by the restaurants themselves (for instance, what appears as khao soi in one place may appear as kaw soy in another).

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.