Sala Thai (CLOSED)
1377 Mass. Avenue, Arlington, MA 02476
It seems that the northwestern suburb of Arlington has become a real hotbed of great restaurants over the past several years, but the Arlington Heights section of town has not really partaken in the community's restaurant boom, at least not as much as areas closer to the center of town. Slowly, though, dining spots do seem to be starting to move into this neighborhood of Arlington that borders the town of Lexington. And one of the best of these restaurants is a true hidden gem that is called Sala Thai.
Sala Thai, which is across the street from the friendly and inexpensive Jade Garden and right next door to the outstanding Lakota Bakery, is one of several great Thai restaurants in the western suburbs of Boston. But Sala Thai is a completely undiscovered place that makes it even more hidden than little-known Thai spots such as Dok Bua in Brookline and Thai Moon in Arlington Center. For those who have found out about Sala Thai, however, this is a blessing in disguise, because Sala Thai has some of the best authentic and Americanized Thai food in the Boston area.
Sala Thai truly has some outstanding entrees served in its comfortable, quiet little restaurant. All of the dishes this writer has tried are top-notch, including the red hot basil and garlic chicken with rice, the shrimp with cashews, the mango chicken, and the pad thai (for those not ready to make the jump to more adventurous Thai food). And for those who like tofu and soup, Sala Thai has, well, a delicious tofu soup, too!
While Arlington Heights does not have the cache that East Arlington and the center of town both have, restaurant-wise, Sala Thai may help change all that. Here's hoping that this excellent Thai restaurant becomes another success story in the Arlington restaurant scene.
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