100 Very Best Restaurants: #19 – Elephant Jumps

Photograph by Songtham Pinyolaksana.

Before you open this strip-mall dining room’s menu, consult the chalkboard on the wall. That’s where you’ll find chef Songtham Pinyolaksana’s can’t-miss Thai specialties. The banana-blossom salad—loaded with shrimp, chicken, and fried shallots in a spicy lime/coconut-milk sauce—always gets top billing, for good reason. Newer highlights have included a crackly-skinned-duck “cow soy” egg-­noodle curry and crispy pork-belly sautéed with scallions and loads of fried basil. Inexpensive.