Street To Kitchen
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Chef Benchawan Jabthong Painter, who grew up in Thailand and cut her chops at spots like Theodore Rex, dishes out unapologetically traditional Thai cuisine at this street food mecca in the far East End. It recently earned her a James Beard Award for “Best Chef Texas.” When Painter says her food is “unapologetically Thai,” she means she’s not using any sugary, watered down, readymade short cuts. Everything is legit made from scratch in her kitchen, from the spicy Northeastern-style Larb and perfect Shrimp Pad Thai and fiery Green Curry with Roti Bread to sop it all up.