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May 20, 2019
Lunch Daily 11:30am-2:15pm
Dinner Mon to Thur 4:00pm-10:00pm
Dinner Fri, Sat & Sun 4:00pm to 9:15pm
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Sugar and Spice
1922 Mass. Ave., Porter Square
Lunch 11am-3pm, Dinner 3pm-10pm
By Nolan Gawron

Once you find a good Thai restaurant, you tend to treasure it. It’s like that girlfriend you don’t cheat on – it’s not worth it. You know what you have is good, and you can’t imagine anything better. So, after years of loyal attendance, commitment and devotion to one certain Thai restaurant in town, I approached Sugar and Spice with an awkward apprehension. What can I say, she looked good, she smelled good, and besides, maybe it was time for something new. She called to me; she won me over and I haven’t looked back.

Stepping in from the cold, I was quickly warmed by the restaurant’s striking yet cozy ambiance. Multiple panes of tinted glass allow colored beams of light to shine through the storefront, giving the place an unmistakable and unique glow. Curved walls of two-toned tiles ripple along the far partition, while the elegant glasswork and circular light fixtures provide the restaurant with a style that is both casual contemporary and cosmic cool.

Like all good Thai restaurants, you can be assured that water will arrive quickly and that the attentive staff will do all they can to make sure your glass is never half full. Sugar and Spice offers a wide variety of specialty drinks including some of the more exotic juices of the world and America’s new imported sensation – bubble tea. If it’s hot tea you want, I recommend the restaurant’s bottomless glass of lemongrass tea. Homemade and brewed fresh, you’ll find this is the perfect complement to any meal. And, as the new restaurant waits for its pending liquor license, you’ll be pleased to know that it will be allowing a BYOB policy in the meantime.

Start your meal off right with one of the many appetizer options. The summer rolls ($4.95) are a fresher, cleaner version of the Chinese egg roll or the crispy Thai roll. Vegetables, mint, boiled shrimp and tofu are harmoniously wrapped in a steamed rice sheet and accompanied by sweet and soothing peanut sauce. If you want to sample a more unique and regional dish, give the Numtok ($5.95) a try. It’s your choice of seasoned chicken or beef served over a small salad, doused with lime juice and garnished with a cherry on top.

With an extensive menu that boasts a wide variety of authentic seafood, meat and vegetarian dishes, you will no doubt be perplexed with your initial choice of entrée. If you’re a fan of both curry and noodles, go with the Cheng Mai Noodle ($7.95) – it’s yellow curry chicken laid over a bed of silky egg noodles and prepared in perfect harmony. For those who want to conquer the cold with a hotter dish, ask for it with a little more spice. They’ll be happy to comply.

If you’re one of those more conservative Thai eaters who always tends to opt for the Pad Thai, add some adventure to your order and try the Country Pad Thai ($7.95) instead. While the more traditional Pad Thai option is also available, this spicier version of Thailand’s most popular dish will leave you in a comfortable and tasty sweat. Another popular Thai dish and delectable masterpiece is the mango curry ($9.95). Super-saturated to perfection with brown sugar and prepared with a variety of vegetables, chicken and melt-in-your-mouth mango slices, the ingredients all swim together in a sweet, mild, milky bowl of curry. It was the first dish to catch my eye and the one that ultimately won my heart.