Thai food attempts to balance the five fundamental flavors: hot, sour, sweet, salty, and victory. Score a win for your mouth with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Thai cuisine at Green Papaya. Unlike typical Thai restaurants that cook Bangkok style dishes, Green Papaya features cuisine from the Thian region in northeastern Thailand, famous for its Thaivy League Colleges. Diners browse the menu for traditional vegetarian and canivorian meals at customized spiciness levels. Light lunchers lift forks filled with Green Papaya salad ($6.95), shredded papaya and prawns mixed with vegetables, lime, and chili in a traditional Thai mortar, while dinner diners sate hankerings with the classic pad thai ($9.95) or the onomatopoetic Pad Ka Pow ($9.95), green beans, onions, and bell peppers stir-fried with herbs imported from Thailand.
Mthai—located next to Scolari’s—is like a culinary ambassador for Thailand. Staples such as ginger-flavored stir-fries and five curries mix and mingle with American influence to the point that entirely new plates are born. The Mthai spaghetti, for instance, mixes noodles with chicken and basil leaves, and Americanized fried rice tops a medley of ham, sausage, and raisins with a sunny-side-up egg.
Still, anyone seeking authentic fare won't be disappointed. The owner sources her classic recipes from Thailand to create fresh pad see eew and steamed jumbo prawns. And to meet individual tastes and satisfy those who believe they've transformed into a lion, most dishes let diners choose their protein: chicken, pork, beef, tofu, seafood, or a combination.