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You might have a hard time ordering takeout from your local Thai restaurant back home after dining at some of the best places to eat in Phuket, an island where you’ll have no trouble finding restaurants that serve authentic Thai cuisine in all its flavorful glory. Many small, local spots won’t have much in the way of décor, but they more than make up for it in the food — don’t be discouraged by plastic chairs and toilet paper for napkins.
The many cafés and markets in Phuket Town are great places for sampling lots of local specialties, but our Forbes Travel Guide editors have two other favorites worth seeking out. Mor Mudong Restaurant, located among the mangroves just past Phuket Zoo, is an off-the-beaten-track gem specializing in whole steamed fish and super-spicy Thai cuisine (there are milder dishes on the menu as well). Mee Ton Poh, a family-run restaurant on Phuket Road near The Metropole Hotel, Phuket, is another recommended spot that’s famous for its Hokkien-style fried noodles as well as its spicy satays.
If you don’t feel like venturing out or are traveling with kids who are picky eaters, most resorts on Phuket have at least one and often several restaurants serving a wide variety of cuisine, including Western classics.