I live in central New Jersey and am within striking distance of at least half a dozen Thai restaurants. I love Indian food but my knowledge of Thai food is only slightly greater than zero!
Pad Thai is lovely and classic; perhaps Red Curry Chicken also.
Pad Thai is absolutely a classic. Also a good guage of the quality of a restaurant – my mom orders it every time she tries a new thai place & judges the restaurant on that.
My absolute favorite dish, however, is Drunken Chicken.
If you want the pizza of Thai food then order Pad Thai. If the place is good, it will be amazing.
The first time we went to a Thai restaurant I ordered the fish curry and it was amazing. I make it at home quite a bit now.
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