Sometimes, I like keeping secrets to myself. But sometimes it's just not fair. After some deliberation, I decided to share this one - there's a talented chef and a city full of hungry people with a taste for great, authentic Thai food who would want it that way.
I should further preface this comment with some background: I recently moved from NYC and have been pretty disappointed with the DC area's Thai offerings. Then, I stumbled into Thai Market in Silver Spring (902 Thayer Ave). After a solid hour perusing the aisles and shopping for Thai spices, groceries, and snacks, I noticed a small enclave in the Market with a few steam tables and a pile of menus. Lo - a fully operational Thai kitchen.
The food is consistently outstanding and prepared for Thai tastes, setting it aside from...well...every other place I've tried in the DC area, and, with the notable exception of Sripraphai, the standout in Woodside, Queens, NYC too (great as Thai Market is, it doesn't touch Sripraphai). My first experience at Thai Market was with perfectly fried and seasoned plantains and The Best Drunken Noodles Ever - including those at Sripraphai. The whole dish has an incredible depth and, when ordered spicy, delivers a pleasant chili sweat. In subsequent visits, penang and yellow curries, various cellophane noodle dishes, and basil chicken also passed the test. Oh, and nothing's more than $6.
The best part of all of this is that the owners know exactly what they're doing. They know they're different than other DC area Thai restaurants (they even told me as much) and, with a loyal Thai clientele, they don't plan to change. They deserve all of our support, so go soon.
Note: Open every day, until 7:30 (some days 6:30).