11407 Amherst Ave.
Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner, Sunday for dinner.
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.
This 15-year-old charmer—also on our annual list of 100 Very Best Restaurants—is a mecca for lovers of all things hot, spicy, sour, and sweet. There are terrific salads (don’t miss the fried-watercress and squid versions), gorgeous curries, and excellent noodle dishes. But pay attention to the signs in the parking lot—you could get towed faster than it takes to get through a round of spring rolls.