Archive for the ‘Thai’ Category

Recent Returns

Hi, everyone!

Been back to eat at a few places recently and I thought I would share my experiences.

Los Chorros

Los Chorros is still one of my favorite restaurants in Wheaton. My original review can be found here. This was only my second time eating in the restaurant. We went on a Friday night and it was pretty busy but there was no wait for a table. They brought out complimentary chips and salsa while we decided what to order. I decided on the Tacos al Carbon, which is three corn tortillas filled with steak and served with rice, beans, pico de gallo, and guacamole. Really good tacos, and a great portion for $11.95. I never leave this place hungry. My friends were very happy with their dishes as well. My buddy got the Especial Doña Reina, which came with steak, sausage, an egg, avocado, rice and beans. It was a huge portion and according to him, also delicious. My girlfriend got the Chef’s Taco’s, which is three corn tortillas filled with steak, chicken, and beef tongue. it comes with cilantro, pico de gallo, avocado, and rice and beans. I can personally testify that this dish is also delicious. For those who are hesitant about the tongue, give it a try. The meat is very tender and flavorful. This place remains one of my go to restaurants in Wheaton for the good food, good prices, and comfortable atmosphere. They also have great service.

Nava Thai

Nava Thai is still the most frequented restaurant by my family in Wheaton ever since Suporn closed. My original review of Nava Thai can be found here. I’ve been trying to order some different things. I usually go for the Duck Kaprow or Panang Curry, but I decided to try the Pineapple Curry with chicken. I liked this dish because of the sweet mixed with the savory. If the sauce is good enough to drink at the end, I’d say it’s a thumbs up. We also ordered the spring rolls which are consistently good here.

Silver Diner

Silver Diner is like a reliable friend that you don’t need to visit all the time to know that things are good. My original review was here. I ordered the chicken tenders (my food of choice as a kid) and a Tupper’s Hop Pocket Ale. The chicken tenders were pretty good but the beer was amazing. This beer is actually from Bethesda, MD. It’s an American Pale Ale with a 6% ABV. I can’t recommend this beer enough.


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Odds and Ends

Hello everybody!

I’m happy to announce that my blog has been added to the LocalEats Featured Blog list. Very happy to be a part of the community.

What’s new?:

Diner Hunter checked out Wheaton’s own Island Hut. Link is here.

Wheaton Patch recently reviewed Dessie Ethiopian Restaurant. The link is here.

Eatin’ in Wheaton investigated the new Fresh Greek Frill at the corner of University and Colesville Road. Read the review here.

Suburban Food Nerd is liking Freddy’s Lobster and Clams. The link is here.

What’s new with me?:

I’m attempting my first batch of home-brewed beer with the Mr. Beer Premium Gold Edition Home Brew Kit I received for my birthday. I’ve always wanted to brew my own beer, and this is a fun way to get started. I’ve brewing the American Blonde Ale, and will be bottling and carbonating it in a few more days.

Speaking of beer, I’ve been enjoying a lot of winter ale’s lately.

Last week, I picked up a six-pack of K-9 Cruiser Ale from Flying Dog.

This is an excellent winter ale. It’s dark, sweet, and malty and perfect to drink on a cold day.

Another one of my absolute favorite winter ale’s is Sierra Nevada’s Celebration.

It’s got a nice, hoppy flavor. Pick this up if you get a chance.

Last weekend, I returned to Shymansky’s for some football Sunday food. I was a fan of the crab balls, the fried rockfish, the fried chicken, and the shrimp. I wasn’t as crazy about their wings and the stuffed potato.

Speaking of wings, I went to Hard Times in Rockville on Tuesday for wings and beer. The wings there are fantastic because they grill them AND fry them to give them a little crispiness. I really like the chili lime wings. This is my favorite place to come for wings. Be warned, however. This location is really good, but the quality varies by location.

Yesterday, I was on the quest for duck breast to make a duck and scallion soup. I have never bought duck, but I figured there was a good chance I could find it at Hung Phat.

They did not sell duck breasts, just the whole duck. Being that I was starving, I decided to pick up some food from the hot bar that they had prepared. I asked the lady working behind the counter for her recommendation. She suggested I try the Pad Thai, which was $5.50/per pound. I also grabbed some fish cakes and tea.

The Pad Thai was really good! I covered it in pepper sauce to give it a nice kick. I’ll definitely keep it in mind when I want a quick, easy meal without a lot of fuss.

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Back to Wheaton

When we came back from vacation, we headed straight into the hurricane and were without power for a couple days. Therefore, we ate out at a lot of restaurants.

The first night, I took my parents to Mi La Cay. This is one of my favorite restaurants in Wheaton. I had a craving for a huge bowl of pho. You can order the small bowl and be more then satisfied. The pho was fantastic as usual. My dad ordered the vegetarian version and he was very happy with it. My mom ordered the grilled lemongrass chicken and she also really liked her meal. My parents could not believe how cheap and good the meal was. If you have not checked this place out, do yourself a favor and stop in.

The next day, I went to Szechuan Palace in Silver Spring.

I was feeling unadventurous, so I ordered the General Tso’s chicken. I had been there a few years ago and ordered it and I remembered liking it.

Pros: There was a LOT of food
Cons: It didn’t taste all that great.

The chicken was slightly rubbery and I didn’t like the flavor of the chicken. I’d be willing to go back, but I would definitely order something different.

That night, I picked up carryout from Nava Thai. I ordered the panang curry, extra spicy. The food was great, and I now my family will continue to frequent Nava Thai.

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Ruan Thai

Wheaton got some love in the Gazette yesterday with an article about Ren’s Ramen and Ruan Thai. I still haven’t made it to Ren’s Ramen, but I’m a big fan of Ruan Thai. You can read the article here.

Wheaton has many options for Thai food, and Ruan Thai doesn’t always get as much attention as Nava Thai. However, they have some excellent dishes as well. They recently renovated the place, and the place is now twice as large.

I’m a big fan of their panang curry. The last time I went, I ordered the stir fried catfish which came in a hot pot. This dish was fantastic!

Here’s a picture of the chef/owner holding a plate of yellow curry:

I’m a big fan of Nava Thai, but I will never forget about Ruan Thai. They both have their strengths and weaknesses. It’s worth stopping in if you have never given it a try.

Ruan Thai on Urbanspoon

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Nava Thai

Nava Thai is one of the most reviewed restaurants in Wheaton, but it is such an important restaurant to my family that I wanted to do my own review.

Before Suporn’s closed, we used to order from there once a week. Usually on Fridays.

Thankfully, Nava Thai was there. It had recently moved to a new location in a space where there used to be a Greek restaurant.

This is definitely the go-to place for my family for going out to dinner or take-out.

I have tried many dishes here, but some of my favorites are the spring rolls, hot and sour squid salad, floating market noodle soup (this is SPICY!!), Panang curry, and the cripsy duck kaprow.

My family loves this place and it’s definitely worth checking out if you haven’t done so already.

Nava Thai Noodle and Grill on Urbanspoon

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