From Our Editors
Though its name leaves no question about its place of origin, Born Thai has found a comfortable home in Prospect Heights. The restaurant’s décor reflects the neighborhood’s up-and-coming hipness, with clusters of bare light bulbs that illuminate metallic walls. Far more important than any decorations, however, is the food, which can be described as a modern approach to traditional Thai cuisine. Crispy duck rolls and crab cakes headline the menu of appetizers; both dishes set the stage nicely for main attractions of tofu covered with tamarind and shrimp sautéed in a sweet pumpkin-basil sauce. Adventurous eaters would be wise to listen to Jill Weiskopf, the New York Magazine writer who promises they “will find their nirvana in the fiery drunken noodles.” Rather than carry around a burdensome fire extinguisher, just order a creamy thai iced tea following the meal. And if that’s not enough to cool you down, there’s always a fried banana served with ice cream.