Food critic Tom Sietsema picks delicious dishes and a drink that won’t hurt your wallet.
‘Yum Watercress’ at Ruan ThaiThe number you want to memorize on the menu at Ruan Thai is 11. The digits signal “Yum Watercress,” a warm salad of tempura-battered, deep-fried watercress tossed with shrimp, squid and cashews and electrified with a lime dressing. Before the heap leaves the kitchen, crisp shallots get scattered on top. Yum, indeed. 11407 Amherst Ave., Wheaton. 301-942-0075. Marge Ely for The Washington Post
On the prowl for the city’s best budget-friendly fare? Food critic Tom Sietsema makes a point of dining at restaurants at every price point. Here is a collection of some of his favorite cheap eats, in no particular order, along with excerpts from his reviews. For restaurant details — including directions, hours and more — visit Going Out Guide.
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