THE HISTORY OF CIRCLES THAI
Circles Thai was founded in 2008, when Le Cordon Blue-trained Alex Boonphaya and his family purchased a Chinese takeout business deep in the heart of South Philadelphia at 15th and Tasker Streets. They christened the new restaurant Plan-Eat-Thai, a Thai takeout and delivery concept devoted to exposing Philadelphia to the wide variety of authentic Thai dishes.
The cuisine resonated with South Philadelphians, and Plan-Eat-Thai quickly gained success. Plan-Eat-Thai became Circles Thai in 2009 and the menu grew to include more progressive Thai dishes blended with other Asian flavors inspired by the chef’s visits to the East. Word of Circles Thai’s well-balanced Asian fusion conceptual dishes began to spread further than South Philadelphia.
In early 2011 the business expanded to a 36-seat dining room across the street from the takeout restaurant. Food was carefully caried across the street to the loyal fans intent on satisfying their Thai cuisine cravings. In late 2011, Circles moved their new location in Northern Liberties, a full-service restaurant that houses the kitchen and dining room in the same building at 812 N. Second Street.
Philadelphia magazine awarded Circles Best of Philly honors in 2011 for “Best New Thai”, and in 2012 and 2013 for “Best Thai Restaurant.”