Nava Thai Noodle and Grill
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
Why go: The move to new quarters down the street has not been easy for this mom-and-pop place—waits and inconsistency have dogged the operation in its first months. But at its best, which is often enough, it renders the bright flavors of Thailand’s food stalls with clarity, heat, and sass.
What to get: Floating Market Noodle Soup—sweet, rich, salty, sour, and spicy all at once; “crispy mussels,” kind of a mussel frittata with a dip in a red hot-and-sweet sauce; papaya salad; Penang curry with pork, with a finishing drizzle of coconut milk; hot-and-sour squid salad with red onion and celery; grilled half chicken with sticky rice; the area’s best pad Thai.
Best for: A bracing reminder that Thai cooking is more than stir-fries and curries.
Insider tip: The kitchen, perhaps to please bigger crowds, has turned down the fire of many dishes. Tell your server if you’d like your dishes prepared the old way—with heat.
Open daily for lunch and dinner.
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