When you want the best Thai in town, you go to Vieng Thai, where you’ll find the food more evocative of Bangkok than the Bayou City. The dishes are more authentic in spice level, too, which makes Vieng Thai a heat-seeker’s delight—especially the crispy, spicy fried catfish. Try the fragrant mussaman curry if you prefer something milder, or the savory-sweet pad see ewe: beef with broccoli and egg over thick rice noodles. For something lighter, the green papaya salad with dried shrimp and peanuts in a bright citrus dressing is a favorite, as is a salad of fried anchovies over cucumber, cilantro, and onions. Vieng Thai is BYOB; we recommend picking up some beer on the way.