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
There are standouts aplenty among the Thai standards--the made-to-order papaya salad and the smoky, sweet pad Thai might be the area's best--but the great reward of dining here comes from venturing beyond familiar tastes.
The menu at Suchart and Ladavan Srigatesook's spacious mom-and-pop contains a trove of seldom-seen treasures, many adapted from the street foods whipped up in the markets of Thailand, from Floating Market Noodle Soup--a meal in a bowl that blends sweet, sour, bitter, and salty--to crispy mussels in an egg-and-rice-flour batter to juicy grilled chicken with sticky rice and a sweet and musky tamarind dipping sauce.
At their best, the flavors are bright, light, fresh, and focused.
Also good: Hot-and-sour squid; drunken noodles; pork kaprow.
Open daily for lunch and dinner.