The Needle: March 2011
Reviewed By Todd Kliman
Comments () | Published March 1, 2011
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Nava Thai Noodle and Grill
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.
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.

Order safely and you’re likely to miss what’s exciting about this Wheaton gem. The papaya salad and the smoky, sweet pad Thai are both benchmark dishes, the best in the area. But beyond those familiar, expertly rendered tastes lies a trove of treasures drawn from the street foods of Thailand, such as Floating Market Noodle Soup—a meal in a bowl that blends sweet, sour, bitter, salty, and umami (the fifth, less definable element of taste) into an exhilarating whole—and crispy mussels: sweet bivalves suspended in an egg-and-rice-flour batter. It feels like a cheap trip to the Far East.

This article appears in the March 2011 issue of The Washingtonian. 

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