Best of Boston

2004 Best Fenway/Kenmore Restaurant, Neighborhood

Brown Sugar Café

Serving huge portions of flavorful curries and other Thai specialties at affordable prices, Brown Sugar is a perfect match for the tastes and budgets of the undergrads, musicians, and medical students who live in this neighborhood. In addition to less fiery offerings like “Siamese Twins” (shrimp and chicken in a sweet-and-sour sauce), there are such authentic dishes as laarb gai (minced chicken in a spicy lime sauce). Service is prompt but friendly, and the free parking—limited, but a rarity in these parts—means outsiders can enjoy one of the city’s best pad thais, too.

129 Jersey St., Boston, 617-266-2928,