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
If you’re used to heavy and sweet Thai takeout, eating here for the first time is like watching The Wizard of Oz go from black and white to Technicolor. Few renditions of pad Thai are as vividly flavorful—at least in these parts—and salads such as green papaya and the minced-chicken larb gai bring on the chili-fueled heat. Even the grilled chicken is exciting, thanks to a tangy tamarind dipping sauce.