Nowhere else will you find a family owned Thai restaurant that also happens to have a golfing green in the back, made especially for the owners’ daughter to practice her skills on rainy days. That’s just one of the charming quirks about Tukta Thai, which has operated in Lake Highlands for 15 years.

The owners, Wuttichai and Suwanna Ruengmateekhun, moved to the area from Thailand in 1982. “My mom had been cooking for 60 years,” Suwanna says.

“I helped her prepare food in Thailand, and I loved it.” The husband and wife team learned more about the restaurant business after working at the Dallas Country Club. They later incorporated their skills and love for Thai food into their own place, serving up traditional favorites such as the spicy yam yam salad and the milder pad Thai.

Be sure to take in the atmosphere, too, which includes two large fish tanks, lots of greenery and floral arrangements, and interesting sculptures. And, it’s BYOB.

Tukta Thai
Walnut Hill & Plano Road

Three more spots for Asian fare

1 Kazy’s
For a fresh fish fix, this neighborhood Japanese grocery store offers all the fixings for sushi, sashimi and other cuisines. You can also stop in for a quick lunch.
Markville & LBJ

2 Pho 95
For Pho lovers, this spot offers several combinations of the traditional Vietnamese dish, served in large bowls.
Walnut Street & Audelia

3 Bistro B
This cafeteria-style eatery has an extensive menu of Asian cuisine — from Korean barbecue to noodle bowls to bubble tea.
Walnut Street & Audelia