Long ago, local food critics and restaurant-goers began singing the praises of Thep Phanom and the tune hasn't stopped. Duck is deliciously prepared deep-fried with a plum sauce. Seafood is another specialty, along with warm eggplant salad, fried tofu with peanut sauce, spicy beef salad, fried quail, and rich Thai curries. The lengthy regular menu is supplemented by a list of daily specials, which only makes it harder to make a decision. You'll be pondering your choices in comfortable surroundings: the cozy dining room is lined with Thai art and artifacts that owner Pathama Parikanont has collected over the years.