11301 Fern St.
Wheaton, MD 20902
Open Sunday through Thursday 11:30 AM to 10 PM. Open Friday and Saturday 11:30 AM to 10:30 PM.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Wheaton
Price Range: Inexpensive
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Papaya salad; pad Thai; hot-and-sour squid; frittata of mussels with green curry; Floating Market Noodle Soup; drunken noodles
Starters, $5.95 to $6.95; main courses, $7.95 to $10.95.
Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly
Cuisine: The area’s best, most authentic Thai cooking, with made-to-order dishes that reproduce the fresh, full-bodied flavors of Thailand’s popular market stalls.
Mood: Owners Ladavan and Suchart Srigatesook recently hauled their woks across the parking lot to the space that housed Taverna Kefi. It doesn’t yet feel like home—Kefi’s tabletop olive-oil bottles are now filled with fish sauce—but it’s several times bigger.
Best for: Thai-food purists who complain about Western-tailored dishes that are too sweet and not spicy enough.
Best dishes: A pungent papaya salad; a kind of frittata of crispy mussels; the area’s best pad Thai; lard na, a stir-fry of broad noodles with broccoli; drunken noodles; Panang curry with pork; Floating Market Soup—sweet, sour, hot, and rich; hot-and-sour squid salad with celery; a grilled half chicken with sticky rice and tamarind sauce.
Insider tips: The heavily fortified soups, the heart of the menu, hold up surprisingly well in takeout.
Open daily for lunch and dinner. Inexpensive.