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Cheap Eats 2010: Nava Thai Noodle and Grill
100 places that offer great food at low prices.
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Kate Nerenberg, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published June 15, 2010
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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

Why go: Vibrant versions of Thai street-food staples, the heart of the menu, make the familiar (pad Thai, papaya salad) feel new—sometimes revelatory. Echoing the practice of the popular barges and night markets of Thailand, freshness comes first: Many dishes, even soups and salads, are prepared to order.

What to get:
The area’s best pad Thai, a tangle of noodles, bean sprouts, fried egg, and shrimp; batter-fried mussels; incendiary papaya salad; Floating Market Noodle Soup, hot and sour and salty and sweet; grilled chicken with tamarind sauce and sticky rice.

Best for: Diners who want to venture beyond conventional curries and stir-fries.

Insider tip: If you want a spicy dish to live up to its billing, tell the staff politely but insistently.

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