Are you sick of rice and noodles yet? After traveling through Asia and eating the same old thing day in and day out I was feigning for some Western food. Once I arrived in Chiang Mai and found myself a sweet little apartment I immediately went out on a mission to compile a list of the best western food in Chiang Mai.
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Mike’s Original – “Converting Vegetarians since 1979…”
Mike’s can quickly become a westerners best friend. Yeah it’s greasy and slightly pricey for Chiang Mai, but you get what you ask for here. And yeah, it’s fast food but it’s a hell of a lot better than any McDonalds or Burger King that’s for sure. The quality of the meat is good, and they offer up pretty much anything that you would find at your local fast food joint. Hamburgers, Chicken Burgers, French Fries, Onion Rings, and so much more.
The best part about Mike’s is the photos that they post up around the restaurant. They seem to collect random funny photos from the Internet and post them all over the establishment. I’m guessing this tactic is a strategic move in order to distract you from your next unhealthy bite of that greasy burger you just ordered.
Location: Mike’s has a few locations, one is on the East side near Tha Pae Gate, another is in the Central Mall on Huay Kaew Rd.
Chiang Mai Saloon
I was introduced to the Chiang Mai Saloon back when I first arrived in Chiang Mai. We were staying on Loi Kroh rd and there happened to be a CM Saloon within two minutes walking distance from our hotel. It was recommended to us by a friend and I have to say it was a great recommendation. Liz and I are here a few times during our stay in Chiang Mai and we never had a bad meal. We even met the owner one night and he turned out to be a real down to earth guy.
Chiang Mai Saloon offers up everything from Western food to Thai. They’re really known for their burgers though, and boy are they are big, juicy, and yummy. Quite possibly the best burgers in town.
Locations: The Chiang Mai Saloon has two locations in Chiang Mai. One is located on Loi Kroh Rd on the East side of the city just outside the moat and the other is on Ratwiki Rd an ever popular road with tons of great food. As a matter of fact, the next two places that I’m about to tell you about are located on this same road so circle this street on your map and chow down at a different place on this street each night.
Ever since coming back to Thailand I had been searching high and low for a good pizza joint in town but I never had any luck. As I was strolling through the Saturday market I saw an advertisement on the back of a tuk-tuk that said “Paradise Pizza – Serving New York Slices!” and I was immediately sold. Anyone that can relate to a New York slice of pizza knows exactly what I’m talking about. The following night I headed down to test this place out and upon entering this hole in the wall restaurant I was amazed by the size of the slices. One Hawaiian and one cheese slice later I was forced to order another. I ended up meeting the owner that night and quite coincidentally he grew up in Connecticut and went to school at Boston University What a small world!
To make a long story short I ended up going back to this place a few times before I left Thailand. I wish that I found it sooner to be honest. I ended up introducing my Thai friend and now she’s been grabbing slices on the run there ever since.
Location: Ratwiki Rd diagonally across from the U.N. Irish Pub.
Zoe in Yellow
If you’re looking for the best kebab, maybe even the only kebab place in town, don’t look any further. Head to Zoe in Yellow, this guy runs his Kebab machine from 6pm – late. Chicken Kebabs, pita pockets and more. They are seriously to die for. Take my word for it.
Zoe in Yellow also operates as a late night spot for drinkings, and has DJs playing on most nights. Having the best kebabs and alcohol in the same establishment is a lethal combination in my eyes. If you stumble out of Zoe and your nose catches a whiff of these kebabs, you’ll be sold.
Location: On the corner of Ratwiki Rd.