11407 Amherst Ave.
Open for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday 11:30 to 10. Open for dinner Sunday 4 to 10.
Price Range: Inexpensive
Reservations: Not Needed
Scallion dumplings; yum watercress; pad Thai; deep-fried whole fish (often sea bass); duck in red curry; sticky rice with mango.
Special Features: Kid Friendly
Why go: With its strip-mall setting and marker-scrawled signs, this tiny dining room doesn’t look like much. But the kitchen turns out soulful, spice-happy curries, brightly flavored salads, and noodle dishes that emphasize lime, chilies, and cilantro over sweetness.
What to get: Yum watercress, a study in crunchiness with fried squid and shrimp plus a handful of cashews; glassy noodles with crumbled pork, whole shrimp, and lots of lime; chicken curries either green or Panang-style; whole crispy fish with red curry; mango with sticky rice.
Best for: A quiet dinner with friends; getting lots of food for the money—portions are big, especially appetizers.
Insider tip: There’s a thriving carryout business, so if all 14 tables are taken, grab some curries and cold salads to go—they travel best.
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