Best of Boston

2005 Best Thai Restaurant

Khao Sarn Cuisine

Order pad thai, if you must. But what makes Khao Sarn worthy are its specialties from the northern reaches of Thailand—miang kum, for example, is a do-it-yourself dish that lets you wrap a few flakes of baked coconut, roasted peanuts, and tiny dried shrimp in a spinach leaf and finish with a dollop of sweet sauce and a squeeze of lime. It’s a flavor explosion—and your new must-have at any Thai meal.

250 Harvard Ave., Brookline, 617-566-7200,