Street To Kitchen
Where to Eat in Houston Right Now
The gist: Chef Benchawan Jabthong Painter (who grew up in Thailand and cut his chops at spots like Theodore Rex) dishes out unapologetically traditional Thai cuisine at this street food mecca in the far East End.
The food: 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 steamed ork and Shiitake Kanom Jib Dumplings and spicy northeastern-style Larb to Rice Noodle Shrimp Pad Thai and fiery Green Curry. You’ll also want to try your new favorite Fried Chicken, dished up extra crispy with fried lemongrass and a delectable chili-cilantro sauce at its side.
The cost: All day menu $6 - $18, sides $3.