Boston's Hidden Restaurants

Thai Moon

663 Mass. Avenue, Arlington, MA 02476
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Photo of Thai Moon, Arlington, MA Word of mouth can often play such an important role in the success of new restaurants as well as older ones, and sometimes, that is pretty much all a restaurant can depend on, no matter how good the place is. Take, for instance, Thai Moon, a tiny dining spot that is hidden away a bit on the western edge of Arlington Center; while it is by no means new anymore, it seems to have proven this point quite well since its beginnings a number of years back, and the restaurant still continues to depend at least partly on folks telling their friends about it, making it a truly local spot that is barely known outside of Arlington and the surrounding cities and towns.

When Thai Moon first opened, a major Boston newspaper gave this Thai restaurant a great review, giving it a quick burst of popularity. Since then, however, the hype has gradually died down quite a bit, and for reasons unknown to this writer, this friendly little dining spot still doesn't seem to be recognized by many restaurant reviewers. It's a shame, really, as Thai Moon is considered by locals an excellent Thai restaurant that has great food, friendly service, and decent prices.

Everything about Thai Moon is soothing; the quiet and comfortable room, the no-rush atmosphere, and the low-key waitstaff make for an experience quite different from so many of the loud, bustling places that aren't the best places to have a peaceful, leisurely meal. Add some terrific comfort food dishes such as a benign-looking yet fiery-hot chicken basil fried rice, a sweet-tasting country style noodle, a particularly good Pad Thai (including one with shrimp and chicken along with a decent meatless version that comes with tofu) entree, and a variety of interesting curry, seafood, and vegetarian dishes to the equation and you have a place that almost begs the question: Why don't more people know about this restaurant?

For awhile, Arlington was considered among the best "restaurant towns" in the Boston area, though a number of closings have knocked things back just a bit. But it is still a very good community for dining out, and the terrific Thai Moon does is one of a handful of spots to keep in mind here. If you're in the mood for a relaxing meal that is both inexpensive and delicious, give Thai Moon a try. And don't forget to spread the word.