Fresh and Healthy Food Served Daily Since 1999 

We are a family-run business who pride ourselves in serving fresh and healthy food daily using ingredients from local markets in Oregon. Even with multiple locations (includes 7 food carts across the greater Portland area and Vancouver), E-San Thai Cuisine is still family owned and operated. A little more about us… Thais from the Northeast section of Thailand, Issan (or Esan), consider themselves Lao, and historically this part of Thailand and Laos have very close connections reflected in the music, dress and, of course, the food. E-San Thai’s head chef, Ting Pathammavong, was raised there, and now she blends her own variations of recipes from her traditional land. For over 10 years, Ting worked in the kitchen of just about every Thai restaurant in Portland, Oregon, before a friend suggested that she and her husband, Mao, open up their own. That was over 17 years ago when their twin girls were still toddlers, and if asked about it, Mao smiles and says he still loves it, and would rather be at work than at home. (Ting and Mao now have three children.) When asked what makes his restaurant voted “Portland’s Best,” he simply says, “We use only fresh ingredients. We can’t be open for breakfast because we spend the morning buying the food for that day.” He also says he has a wonderful staff and says, “We’re really happy here. And a happy staff makes a happy customer. Some have even been with me from the beginning.” It’s true, his bartender turned GM, Rafael Rodriguez, was working the downtown restaurant when Mao bought the place in August 1999.

team member

Mao Pathammavong

team member

Ting Pathammavong

Owner/Head Chef


1. PORTLAND: 1300 SW 6th Ave
2. LLOYD CENTER: 7th & 8th NE Holladay St
3. VANCOUVER: 2323 Main St
4. BEAVERTON: 4250 SW Rose Biggi Ave
5. HAPPY VALLEY: 13551 SE 145th Ave
6. GRESHAM: 2280 NW Burnside Rd
7. LENTS: 9320 SE Woodstock Blvd
Lunch: 11:00 – 4:30
Dinner: 4:30 – 10:00

Dinner: Noon – 10:00

1st: 3:00 – 6:00
2nd: 9:00 – 10:00

133 SW 2nd Avenue
Portland, OR 97204
503-223-4090 (tel)
503-223-3554 (fax)