100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Nava Thai
Nava Thai restaurant in Wheaton. Photograph by Scott Suchman.
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Nava Thai
Address: 11301 Fern St., Wheaton, MD 20902
Phone: 240-430-0495
Neighborhood: Wheaton
Cuisines: Thai
Opening Hours: Open Sunday through Thursday 11:30 AM to 10 PM. Open Friday and Saturday 11:30 AM to 10:30 PM.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Wheaton
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Papaya salad; pad Thai; hot-and-sour squid; frittata of mussels with green curry; Floating Market Noodle Soup; drunken noodles
Price Details: Starters, $5.95 to $6.95; main courses, $7.95 to $10.95.
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly

Don’t be fooled by the pub-like wooden ships dotting the dining room or the Tucson-yellow walls. This destination isn’t marred by attempts at fusion, and it serves up some of the area’s best Thai food. Heat seekers will find fiery versions of such familiar dishes such as larb gai (a ground-chicken salad) and country beef salad, both arriving in a tangle of onions, cilantro, and ground chilies. Vivid flavors stand out even when the burn isn’t as pronounced. Bright papaya salad with smoky dried shrimp bests the ubiquitous takeout versions, as does marinated chicken with sticky rice. The Floating Market Noodle Soup is testament to the kitchen’s ability to build complexity: The rich broth veers both spicy and sour and is heaped with crisp pork rinds and fragrant herbs.

Open: Daily for lunch and dinner.

Don’t Miss: Pad Thai; drunken noodles; crispy mussels; red curry with chicken and eggplant; whole crispy flounder with chili sauce.

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