Sunshine Fine Thai Cuisine's pan-flipping masters churn out menus of authentic Southeast Asian fare with market-fresh produce, high-quality meat and seafood, and 100% vegetable oil. Fiery native chilies ripple beneath a seemingly peaceful pool of sweet coconut-milk curry, waiting to pounce on tongues and bites of mango fried rice with cashew nuts. The menu ranks many dishes' spiciness levels on a scale of one to three chili peppers, but chefs will happily customize any entree for patrons with low heat tolerances or those who regularly slurp bowls of lava. Smoking-hot plates of crispy chicken basil excite tongues with a special chili brown sauce, whereas the rama garden's mixed vegetables coddle taste buds with a gentle peanut sauce. Sunshine Fine Thai Cuisine plays host to midday dalliances and nights on the town, and its armada of drivers delivers piping-hot panang to those comfortable at home or up to their ankles in fresh concrete.
The chefs at Green Basil want you to eat your vegetables. So, they take care to include plenty of the green stuff in all of their home-style Thai and Vietnamese dishes. Of course, that would include plenty of basil, a staple herb in many Thai recipes and a key garnish on the side of every bowl of pho. Those basil leaves are plucked fresh every morning from local markets and groceries, along with cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, and all the other fresh veggies the kitchen needs for the day. The daily grocery runs are just a part of Green Basil's long-standing commitment to crafting fresh, healthy food and getting to know the supermarket baggers by name. To that end, they also use only natural, zero-trans fat cooking oil to prepare each dish, so guests can bite into crispy tamarind duck or stir-fried mongolian beef without guilt.
Arlington's Tom Yum Koong II offers a traditional menu of Thai dishes in a relaxed setting. No need to miss out on Tom Yum Koong II just because you are avoiding fat or gluten. The restaurant has loads of options that can accommodate your dietary needs. Both the young and the young-at-heart will dig the family-oriented menu and ambience at Tom Yum Koong II.
Can't stay long? Not a problem with the restaurant's take-out and delivery options.
Drivers should plan to park on the street when dining at Tom Yum Koong II's Massachusetts Avenue residence.
Expect your bill at Tom Yum Koong II to come in at around $30 per person.
For a quick curry, Arlington's Sweet Chili is a great lunch or dinner spot. The menu at Sweet Chili does not include any low-fat options, so come ready to indulge. Don't go without drinks at dinner — Sweet Chili is BYOB, so make sure to grab a bottle of your own for the table. Enjoy a drink with your dinner — Sweet Chili has a full bar to serve up a glass of wine, beer, or more. Parents appreciate Sweet Chili's kid-friendly attitude, and little ones are often seen dining out with the adults. Long guest list? Not a problem at Sweet Chili, where big parties will find plenty of room to spread out in comfort.
Reservations are offered, so call ahead to lock down your table. Not a popular place for dress-up dining, most Sweet Chili patrons come in casual attire. The restaurant also offers catering if you want to bring the flavors of Sweet Chili to your next party or event. Need a night in? Don't miss out on Sweet Chili's delicious food — you can carry it out to eat at home or have them deliver it straight to you.
If preferred, diners can leave their vehicles in a nearby lot, though space is available on the street as well.
You'll like your bill almost as much as your meal at Sweet Chili, with meals usually costing less than $15. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the restaurant, but reviewers rate the dinner menu the highest.
Thailand Cafe is a cute cafe that's perfect for a small bite or cup of coffee. Put the diet on pause when you visit Thailand Cafe — there are no low-fat menu items. Got the whole gang with you? Thailand Cafe is a great pick for large parties.
Give the restaurant a call to reserve your table ahead of time. Throwing a big party? Count on Thailand Cafe to provide top-notch catering with the same great dishes you love.
In addition to street parking, there is a lot right around the corner, so finding a space shouldn't be an issue for drivers dining at the restaurant.
Your tab at Thailand Cafe will usually run to about $30 per guest.
Named one of “The Most Authentic Restaurants” by the Boston Globe, Patou Thai offers an assortment of Thai specialties all crafted with a bit of an edge. One example: the halibut filet, which is pan-seared, then brushed with a sweet-and-spicy blend of mango-grilled eggplant salsa and curry sauce. Another refreshing left turn is the honey pork loin, served with fresh garlic oil, summer squash, and zucchini. Or, the green papaya salad, tossed with carrots, peanuts, grilled shrimp, and a spicy chili-lime dressing. Of course there are curries that cater to every taste, from a crispy duck rendition sautéed in hot Panang sauce to a lighter red curry that foregoes meat for vegetables and tofu. And, to help temper the spicy cuisine, the menu also includes a large selection of beers from Thailand, Japan, and Italy, and wines from Italy, Spain, and Sonoma, along with four types of sake.