100 Best Restaurants 2012: Nava Thai Noodle and Grill
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Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Cynthia Hacinli, Ann Limpert, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published January 23, 2012
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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.


There are moments in nearly every meal here--a soup that activates every taste sensor, a salad of Technicolor intensity--that make you think you've never really eaten Thai food before. Suchart and Ladavan Srigatesook don't cut corners. Only when an order is placed do they begin hand-grinding the condiments for their spicy papaya salad or assembling their Floating Market Noodle Soup layer by careful layer. The menu covers a lot of territory, including street foods that conjure a stroll among the night-market stalls of Thailand's big cities.

What to get: Country-pork salad tossed with onion, cilantro, and crushed, toasted rice and drizzled with chili-lime sauce; crispy battered mussels with red-chili dipping sauce; pork kaprow; a superb pad Thai; shrimp in zesty garlic-and-white-pepper sauce.

Open daily for lunch and dinner. Inexpensive.

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