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
The Floating Market Noodle Soup—with its pig’s-blood-fortified broth and pork rinds bobbing on the surface—remains one of the most distinctive dishes found in area Thai restaurants, a bowl of salty/sweet/tangy/hot that amounts to a trip to one of the world’s great eating destinations. But what endears us to this restaurant is its mastery of more conventional fare—a killer pad Thai that balances its various competing flavors; a papaya salad that sings of freshness as it singes the tongue; and a stir-fry of butterflied shrimp, garlic, and white pepper that looks simple and tastes complex.
Also good: Crispy mussels; pork kaprow; drunken noodles.