I ate twice this week on that stretch of Roosevelt (maybe I should fit in the Korean fried chicken place to make it a trifecta).
Monday night, I went to the Burmese Cafe for the second time. Like my first visit, I found the dishes hit and miss. We had a goat curry which was just ok, gram fritter salad and preserved pork salad, both of which were delicious. Don't forget it's BYO (which I did until I showed up).
I got two salads as take-out Tuesday night from Zabb. The first was BBQ Beef w/Thai eggplant. The eggplant was very smoky - like babaganoush - which was unexpected but quite lovely. On my first bite, I thought to myself, "Oh, I forgot to tell them they could make it spicy," and then I noticed I didn't get any of the green sauce on that bit which was plenty spicy! I'd definitely get this dish again. A really interesting medley of flavors w/the lime, onion, chiles, and smoky eggplant.
I also had green papaya salad w/shrimp and squid (and a chunk of crab shell for good measure). This was actually blazingly spicy! Better than 95% of Thai food I've ever had, but didn't have the remarkable balance of flavors that Sripraphai so often achieves. Yes, I know, different styles and all, still . . . Nevertheless, I foresee many trips to Zabb in the future b/c it's a bit closer to me and not crowded and all, and I definitely need to explore more of the menu (this was only my second visit and the first was a few years ago). When people come to visit me in Queens, though, unless it's a Wednesday when Sri is closed or prime time when I might have to wait at Sri and b/c I think the food suffers when it gets crowded, I'll still be taking them to Sripraphai.