2017 is the first year ever that Morgantown has had the luxury of more than one Thai restaurant. And in BOM’s first Best Thai Restaurant category, voters gave their love to Chaang Thai.

Rajagopal and Pookie Sundaram were living in Washington, D.C., when they got the idea almost a decade ago to open a Thai restaurant. After extensive research, they chose Morgantown as a college town with a busy downtown, a stable economy, and no Thai competitors. They opened Chaang Thai in 2011, and Morgantown was immediately grateful.

Chaang Thai’s unconventional process lets you feel like you’re on vacation in another country. Choose a table when you enter, then order at the back with your table number. The extensive appetizers-to-desserts menu includes all of the Thai rice noodle, fried rice, stir fry, and curry favorites and a long list of signature dishes, with five spice levels ranging up to hot and “Thai hot.” Diners especially love Chaang Thai’s Pad Thai, Pad Siew, and Massaman Curry and the many duck and lobster tail entrees. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options are clearly noted on the menu along with recommendations for first-timers.

Chaang Thai has wines by the glass and bottle as well as bottled beers and, recently, a dozen beers on tap. Or if you’re just looking for a break in a busy day, the restaurant’s High Street storefront window is a great place for sipping a Thai Iced Coffee and peoplewatching.— PK

361 High Street, 304.241.5374, chaangthai.com, “Chaang Thai Restaurant” on Facebook