Cheap Eats 2013: Ruan Thai

Quick reviews of ethnic cuisines you can experience for less than $25 a person, tax and tip included.
Fried whole flounder at Ruan Thai. Photograph by Scott Suchman.

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.

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