Thai Garden owner Vipada Chitratont Barry keeps a close eye on the kitchen as she patrols the small dining room visiting with customers, many of whom are neighborhood regulars. And, if you can find a family any friendlier than the Vipada and the folks who operate this restaurant, you should get them to adopt you. However, the place is brimming not just with Thai hospitality, but also tremendous Thai flavors. Most popular, of course, is the impeccable pad thai. And the $6.95 lunch combination also brings the crowds. Bursting with the flavor of lemongrass, tom kha gai is an excellent dish. You won’t be able to get enough of the gang khua sub pa rod: a splendid mélange of tender prawns, red and yellow peppers, pineapple and Thai basil in a fragrant coconut- and red-curry gravy. With a Singha beer alongside, you’re in business!