I know the best Thai food is in Thai Town, but where can I find a great pad thai when I don't want to go that far?
"Best" for me means plenty of both spiciness and sweetness, a nice kick of fish sauce, and at least a wedge of lime on the side (if not two).
I liked the pad thai at Tuk Tuk Thai and would happily eat it again, but it was just a bit heavy on the sauce and they refused to make any of our food more than mildly spicy even though we kept repeating "Yes, very spicy. As spicy as a Thai person would eat it."
The pad thai at Siam Chan scares the bejeezus out of me. Why is it pink?! So no, nothing that's as saccarine sweet as Siam Chan's version.