Ruan Thai

11407 Amherst Ave.
Wheaton, MD


Neighborhood: Wheaton

Cuisines: Thai

Opening Hours:
Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner, Sunday for dinner.

Price Range: Inexpensive

Dress: Informal

Reservations: Not Needed

Best Dishes:
Scallion dumplings; yum watercress; pad Thai; deep-fried whole fish (often sea bass); duck in red curry; sticky rice with mango.

Cheap Eats 2013: Ruan Thai

Quick reviews of ethnic cuisines you can experience for less than $25 a person, tax and tip included.

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.