From spicy wings and hearty noodle dishes to tongue tingling curries, there are plenty of great options in D.C. to get your Thai food fix. Here are my top 5 picks for restaurants that do Thai food right.
Located on the second floor of Tsunami Sushi on 14th St, their standout dishes are the ones that are probably the most unfamiliar. Ground chicken stuffed in tapioca and made into balls, Northern Thai yellow curry with chicken, and coconut milk griddle snacks are just some of the enticing and incredibly flavorful dishes on the menu. And yes, although it's on the super busy 14th St, this one continues to remain somewhat of a hidden gem.
1326 14th St NW
Beau Thai and its sibling BKK Cookshop both do not do much that's too outside the box, but get the traditional dishes well, and the prices are super reasonable. The hot and spicy noodle bowl at BKK is a steaming hot bowl of minced chicken with chilies, lime juice, and peanuts and will do perfectly for those days when you need a little bit of comfort. Thai chicken wings -- sweet, spicy, and crispy -- should not be missed either.
Beau Thai Shaw: 1550 7th Street, NW; Beau Thai Mt. Pleasant: 3162 Mount Pleasant St, NW ; BKK Cookshop: 1700 New Jersey Ave NW
Yes, it's one of those restaurants where you need to stand in line to get a seat, but it's absolutely totally worth it. The $59 pre-fixe menu which changes on a weekly basis, includes seven courses of delectable Thai dishes culminating in the popular whiskey ribs, fried chicken, or whole fish. Although no substitutions are allowed, you should make your way here if you are willing to be a bit adventurous, and don't mind spicy and strong flavors.
1511 17th St NW
Soi 38's menu and interiors are based on Thai street food and the open air Bangkok night markets. What you get is a bustling dining room with dishes ranging from satays to curries, and a drink program that complements the spicy food.
2101 L St NW
Padaek (formerly known as Bangkok Golden)
Chef Seng might now be be more popularly known for her incredible Laotian spot Thai Khao, but her first claim to fame was really Bangkok Golden in Falls Church. A menu featuring Thai and Laotian dishes includes the tasty nam khao (crispy rice salad with spices and coconut) as well as a fantastic lunchtime Thai buffet.
6395 Seven Corners Center, Falls Church, VA