In a small bungalow, down an overgrown pathway, behind a much more imposing and vastly different Thai restaurant in Virginia-Highland, sits Panita Thai Kitchen. The restaurant is owned by Panjakarn Thammaset and his wife, Cindy. She acts as Panita's entire floor staff, and Panjakarn, its entire kitchen staff. Service can be slow when the restaurant fills up, but only as a function of physics. While curries and noodles abound on the extensive and endearing menu, the best dishes are the less ubiquitous choices. Chicken, lamb, pork, seafood, vegetables and whole fish appear throughout the menu. The whole fish are fun and spiced as assuredly as all the restaurant's dishes but could be cooked a bit more delicately. You might wait a while to get served. But Panita is not about creature comforts. It's about adventure.
Price: $$-$$$ ($15 and over)