#120 of 196 Destin Restaurants

Thai Tanic

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Thai Tanic: Amp Up The Spice With Destin's Most Exotic Cuisine
Local Expert's Rating:
4.5 / 5
The Bottom Line:

Thai Tanic brings enticing international flavors to a cozy restaurant situated in the heart of Destin. You'll quickly fall in love with the fresh ingredients and the friendly service found at this hidden gem.

- The FloridaPanhandle.com Local Expert Team

On the hunt for a little culinary variety in Destin? You don’t have to travel far to find it. One step into Thai Tanic, and you’ll depart for an international culinary tour you won’t quickly forget.

Thai cuisine can be the ultimate comfort food, as you’ll quickly realize when sampling the delicious menu items at Thai Tanic. From adventurous diners to picky eaters, this relaxed restaurant provides a range of options to keep everybody happy. Several spicy dishes are available, as are milder options that can provide the perfect introduction to Thai cuisine. A few dishes even incorporate seafood, bringing local flair to an otherwise exotic menu. Vegetarians and vegans should be similarly satisfied, as several of the restaurant’s top entrees are available completely free of animal products. 

The moment you step inside Thai Tanic, you might be taken aback by how small the space is. This restaurant is definitely cozy, but don’t let that stop you from bringing a large group. Prompt service allows you and your companions to get in and out quickly — and you’ll rarely have to wait long for a table or to receive your meal. That being said, you won’t have a lot of elbow room available during your meal. However, some visitors believe that the cozy environment instills a greater sense of community. The service is certainly impressive; from refill requests to menu advice, you can count on the restaurant’s staff members to attend to your needs promptly and with undeniable hospitality.

A few of our favorite menu items include the following:

Tom Kha
This coconut cream soup comes with mushrooms and your choice of chicken or shrimp. It also includes tomatoes, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, galangal (a flavorful variety of ginger) and cilantro, all of which work perfectly together to create a wonderful blend of flavors. 

Panang Curry
This red curry is a great option for those who like the idea of curry but cannot handle a lot of spice. Loaded bell pepper and sweet basil, this entree has just enough bite to be interesting but is mild enough to remain a uniquely accessible option. Choose from chicken, pork, beef, or tofu. Like all curries at Thai Tanic, this enticing meal is served with jasmine rice. With a small charge, you can also add shrimp or mixed seafood.

Pad Thai
This standard Thai restaurant offering will not disappoint. It consists of thin rice noodles, which are fried in a delectable tamarind sauce and tossed with egg, bean sprouts, and green onion. Peanuts form the perfect garnish for a dish that will have you craving more.

Pad Kee Mao 
Sometimes referred to as ‘drunken noodles,’ this stir-fried dish features a memorable onion and garlic sauce, plus plenty of cashews, onion, bell pepper, and carrots. 

Crab Fried Rice
Crab cakes aren’t hard to come by in Destin, but your favorite seafood ingredient can also be included in a variety of exotic recipes. This fried rice, for example, appeals to seafood lovers who aren’t quite ready to make the jump into spicier Thai dishes. Its jasmine rice base is fried in a wok along with crab meat, eggs, peas, carrots, and onions. 

Thai Tanic is one of Destin’s best-kept secrets. Stop in to discover the intricate flavors of authentic Thai cuisine — and to enjoy unparalleled service.

Insider Tips:
– If you’re not willing to put up with Thai Tanic’s crowded interior, you’re in luck: the restaurant allows for easy delivery via Grubhub. Your favorite orders are also available to-go. 
– Take it easy if you’re squeamish about spices; a few of the dishes at this restaurant can be served very hot. The jump from meals referred to as ‘hot’ and ‘Thai hot’ is especially notable. When in doubt, ask the restaurant’s friendly servers for clarification.