Best of Boston

2008 Best Thai Restaurant

Brown Sugar Café

The sheer size of Brown Sugar’s menu and the sizzling tease of the plates that come flying out of its always-busy kitchen can turn the most decisive diners into covetous rubberneckers. Fortunately, it’s hard to go wrong here, whatever the choice. Chili addicts swear by the Old Lady Spicy, a mélange of roasted Thai eggplant, peppers, green beans, and sweet basil; meeker palates shouldn’t miss the beef macadamia on gingery watercress. Need further guidance? An advance look at the restaurant’s comprehensive online menu is the smart way to winnow the possibilities.

1033 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, 617-266-2928,