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Thai

Frank Klein
Thai Arroy

Eat Special Issue 2009

Cool Comfort EAT: City Paper's annual dining guide

Barbecue and Pit Andy Nelson's Barbecue 11007 York Road, Cockeysville, (410) 527-1226, andynelsonsbbq.com, $-$$ Whe...

Breakfast Blue Moon Café 1621 Aliceanna St., (410) 522-3940, $ For years, Blue Moon has been saving t...

Cafés Atwater's Belvedere Square Market, 529 E. Belvedere Ave., (410) 323-2396; 1425 Clarkview Road, Suit...

Caribbean Judy's Island Grill and Bake Shop 5216 Park Heights Ave., (410) 367-0272, judysislandgrill.com, $-$...

Chinese Grace Garden Chinese Restaurant 1690 Annapolis Road, Odenton, (410) 672-3581, gracegardenchinese.co...

Classic American Burke's Restaurant and Café 36 Light St., (410) 752-4189, burkescafe.com, $$-$$$ Burke's is n...

Contemporary American Abacrombie Fine Food and Accommodations 58 W. Biddle St., (410) 837-3630, abacrombie.net, $$$ Cork...

Delis Attman's Authentic New York Delicatessen 1019 E. Lombard St., (410) 563-2666, attmansdeli.com, $ N...

Diners Jimmy's Restaurant 801 S. Broadway, (410) 327-3273, $ A cornerstone of Fells Point, Jimmy's slings ...

Eclectic Golden West Café 1105 W. 36th St., (410) 889-8891, goldenwestcafe.com, $-$$ Baltimore has ple...

Ethiopian Dukem #2 1100 Maryland Ave., (410) 385-0318, dukemrestaurant.com, $-$$ Luckily, pretty much the on...

French Bonaparte Breads 903 S. Ann St., (410) 342-4000, $ This Fells Point bakery boasts a surprisingly e...

Hawaiian Roy's 720 Aliceanna St., (410) 659-0099, roysrestaurant.com, $$$ With so many fabulous local resta...

Indian and Nepalese Akbar 823 N. Charles St., (410) 539-0944, akbar-restaurant.com, $$ Akbar has the feel of a secret ...

Irish James Joyce Irish Pub and Restaurant 616 S. President St., (410) 727-5107, thejamesjoycepub.com, $$...

Italian Aldo's 306 S. High St., (410) 727-0700, aldositaly.com, $$$ "Sophisticated" and Little Italy don't...

Japanese Aloha Sushi 1218 N. Charles St., (443) 759-8531, $-$$ Everything about Aloha Sushi is just right...

Korean Joung Kak 18 W. 20th St., (410) 837-5231, $$ Its partisans will tell you this is the best Korean r...

Latin Arcos Restaurant and Bar 129 S. Broadway, (410) 522-4777, arcosrestaurante.com, $$ Because there's...

Mediterranean Black Olive 814 S. Bond St., (410) 276-7141, theblackolive.com, $$-$$$ Fells Point Greek restauran...

Middle Eastern Amer's Café 7624 Belair Road, Belair Beltway Plaza, Nottingham, (410) 668-5100, amerscafe.com,...

Pizza Angelo's Carry-Out 3600 Keswick Road, (410) 235-2595, angeloshampden.com, $ Best pizza in Hampden ...

Pub Grub Curb Shoppe Bar and Grill 5736 Falls Road, (410) 433-8299, curbshoppe.com, $ This neighborhood pub...

Russian Vernisage 1004 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville, (410) 484-7701, $$-$$$ With its glass chandeliers an...

Seafood Blue Sea Grill 614 Water St., (410) 837-7300, blueseagrill.com, $$$ A daily selection of "Fresh ...

Southern Charleston 1000 Lancaster St., (410) 332-7373, charlestonrestaurant.com, $$$ Somewhere along the l...

Spanish Pazo 1425 Aliceanna St., (410) 534-7296, pazorestaurant.com, $$$ If you don't leave Pazo a little ...

Thai Ban Thai 340 N. Charles St., (410) 727-7971, banthai.us, $$ Ban Thai is our favorite place to eave...

Upscale Comfort Food Ale Mary's 1939 Fleet St., (410) 276-2044, alemarys.com, $$ Kudos to Ale Mary's for celebrating th...

Vegetarian Liquid Earth 1626 Aliceanna St., (410) 276-6606, liquidearth.com, $$ We've appreciated the vegetar...

Vietnamese Baltimore Pho 1114 Hollins St., (410) 752-4746, baltimorepho.com, $$ Despite the downtrodden local...

Eat 2009

Posted 3/4/2009

Ban Thai

340 N. Charles St., (410) 727-7971, banthai.us, $$

Ban Thai is our favorite place to eavesdrop--there's always someone there talking way too loud about a girlfriend or other private matter. It's also home of the dessert appetizer--mee krob, "sweet and crunchy noodles with pork, shrimp and bean sprouts," which is just about the most brilliant bit of almost-certainly-bad-for-you goodness we've ever partaken. The menu is extensive, from the mild pad woon sen to several pleasingly hot dishes like kratiam pik Thai. Service is friendly and quick--we sometimes wish we could linger longer to hear strangers gossip.

My Thai

800 N. Charles St., (410) 528-8737, mythaibaltimore.com, $$

Nestled under Donna's in a comfy basement full of brick arches, this subterranean sushi and Thai place features an expansive menu. Whether simple classics like edamame, pad thai, and pad see iew, or more adventuresome "house specialties" like hor mak thalay (for the seafood lover in you), My Thai has something for every taste. Ours runs toward the summer rolls; they do a nice tempura, too. The service is solid, prices are good, portions are big, and there are drinks--even Mai Tais.

Talay Thai Grille

1911 Aliceanna St., (410) 563-9292, $$

Though Talay Thai Grille hasn't impressed on past visits but recently it seems much improved--so much so that several visits over the past year have left us, and our co-diners, fat, happy, and looking forward to the next meal. Try the duck, the masaman curry with chicken, the drunken noodles, the fish cakes--it's all good, though they have a light touch with the heat. Plus, you'll have your choice of seating, since it doesn't draw the throngs that most Fells Point eateries do.

Thai Arroy

1019 Light St., (410) 385-8587, thaiarroy.com, $$

Besides the finely prepared, affordable Thai food, it's the warm, welcoming service at Thai Arroy that makes us line up and wait for a table at this small Federal Hill storefront. The menu doesn't differ much from other Thai restaurants in town, but the quality is far beyond what you'll find elsewhere. Tom kha (spicy and sour coconut galangal soup) is fresh and fragrant and never heavy; drunken noodles are a balance of sweet basil and chili pepper heat ; gang dang pra, crispy fish in curry shines.

Thai Restaurant

3316 Greenmount Ave., (410) 889-6003, $$

Our perennial Thai favorite hasn't changed much over the years. But what Thai lacks in flash, or even change--give that to its sister restaurant Talay Thai in Fells Point--it makes up with a mixture of comfort and reliable excellence. Noodle dishes, curries that can be prepared with meat, seafood or tofu, and sticky rice with mango . . . we've gone through them all, many times. Tip: Order the sweet and spicy green papaya salad when it pops up on the specials list.

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