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-- By Alex Leviton
This unassuming Thai restaurant serves up some of the hottest dishes in the Triangle.The Scene
Eleven tables spaced amply allow for private dinner conversation or a comfortable lunch spot during work. The space is casual, yet refined. Framed art posters grace mustard-yellow walls, while a wood parquet floor adds a crisp feel.The Food
Even the salads here are spicy. The green papaya salad is a bevy of julienned papaya, topped with roasted peanuts and chili peppers, in a lime juice and palm sugar dressing that sweetly evens out the peppers' kick. Duck panang comes lightly fried, sliced and slathered in a strong, creamy coconut-curry sauce with carrots and green beans. Chicken red curry is more bamboo shoot than chicken, but fresh basil leaves make a pungent contrast to this dish, one of many marked "hot and spicy" on the menu. Cool off with the "fresh young coconut milk," a refreshing, clear juice with floating pieces of coconut.Insider TipsSave Money
Lemongrass offers a fabulous lunch deal: f
or around $9, you get a soft drink, appetizer or salad and entree. Available Monday-Friday 11am-2pm; Saturday-Sunday 12pm-4pmKnow Before You Go
The spicy menu items
seriously spicy. At Thai restaurants, asking for a dish "Thai hot" means as hot as it comes. Most restaurants' hottest dishes come in a four-star ranking, but Lemongrass goes up to five stars.