Locals make the trek to the "Avenues" for the extraordinary tea-leaf salad, a combo of spicy, salty, crunchy, and sour that is mixed table-side, with fermented tea leaves from Burma, fried garlic, and peanuts. Another hit is the hearty vegetarian samusa soup. Forget having to decide between Thai, Indian, or Chinese. Burmese fuses flavors and techniques from all these (mostly) bordering countries. The modestly decorated, no-reservations restaurant is small, so lines
can be long during peak times. Leave your number and wait for the call, or walk a couple blocks east to B-Star, owned by the same people but lesser known and often less crowded.