Eclectic decor aside, Green Papaya fantastically delivers good Vietnamese fare, particularly for those looking for a beautiful deep broth pho, delightfully complete vegetarian dishes and old rice-borne standbys.
While the Pho Ga is marvelous, I like to dive into other parts of the menu, like with the Bun Ga Nuong, an ample portion of chicken and fried spring roll over glassy rice noodles, with a splendid array of steamed vegetables. Green Papaya does not skimp on the peanuts, though I go overboard and double down with more of that excellent peanut sauce. I think both go marvelously with the charcoal grilled chicken, which is lightly salted and juicy.
Someone in my party always ends up getting the Com Chien Dac Biet, described as one of the best platters of fried rice you'll have in your life. Shrimp and chicken are paired with charcoal seared pork in this egg-heavy fry-up of rice and finely chopped vegetables. There's plenty of protein here for a marvelous meat-to-rice ratio.
Green Papaya is located at 4412 Grand Avenue and 6301 Highway 271 in Fort Smith. You can call ahead your order to )479) 434-4245.or (479) 646-8884.