Finally finally got to both these much-recommended places in a weekend of busy eating, and after much anticipation, I was not disappointed. The fried noodles were great at Noodle Alcove, the noodle soups sublime (it was a cold and rainy night)--but I also thought the cold appetizers were pretty interesting--we tried one which involved tofu and tiny dried shrimps, intensely saline against the blandness of the bean curd...and then another which was called something like, spicy shredded pork with noodle skin--and the flavoring here was I think compounded of that old highly spicy chinese mustard which used to come with spareribs back when I was a child--or was there some wasabi in it? It wasn't terribly spicy to eat, but after you ate it greedily for a while, the top of your head blew off and your sinuses cleared--in a wholly pleasurable way, of course. Anyone got any other recommendations off this list? Saw a plate of bean curd with yellow chives going by, it looked good.
And then, Dok Bua--it's all been said before, I guess, but thanks for steering me there--in addition to some of the specific recommendations off this board, I thought the duck larb salad was spectacular, and the minced spicy beef with basil--a million miles from what I've had in other Thai restaurants--and the mango curry with pork--and of course, the grilled fish. WIll be back soon--has anyone had their omelet with ground shrimp?