Best Of 2002

Best Pad Thai: Johnny Mango World Café and Juice Bar

So what if it's not authentic? Johnny Mango's twist on this popular Thai dish shows you can reinvent the wheel, provided you add a generous helping of chili powder. This heaping plate of noodles, shrimp, bean sprouts, tofu, scallions, and egg -- topped with crushed peanuts and the aforementioned spicy goodness -- is so good, you'll never look at the menu again. Try it with a Zoni Beach fruit smoothie -- strawberries, banana, vanilla frozen yogurt, and juiced apples -- or a classic margarita.