11407 Amherst Ave (at University Blvd)
Silver Spring, MD 20902
Tucked away in a tiny strip mall (if you could even call it that) on a side street in Wheaton, MD, Ruan Thai has been serving authentic Thai cooking for nearly 20 years. From the staple drunken noodles to the fan-favorite, fried watercress salad, Ruan Thai’s menu is extensive and does not skimp on the heat. Ruan Thai doesn’t do anything too outside-the-box, but it nails the traditional flavors and the prices are more than reasonable. Bonus points for being next door to the beloved Ren’s Ramen, if you’re into that sort of thing.