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Jul 23, 2006 01:06 PM

Great Thai in DC Proper?

Ok, I like Thai Square and Bangkok 54. What are the best Thai restaurants in DC itself? I'm not looking for expensive, but I am lookign for good and authentic. It needs to metro(train) accessible. Any suggestions? Thanks.

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  1. I think your best bet would be regent thai, in the district at 18th and T, about 10 minutes from Dupont Circle. Much of the food is somewhat americanized but the curries are made fresh every day. If you are really only concerned about metro accessibility, Ruan Thai in Wheaton is only 5 minutes from the Metro and is, I consider with Thai Square the best thai restaurant for taste and authenticity in the metro region. Get the Nam Kao Tod.

    1. Wheaton isn't in DC proper. Thanks for the Regent suggestion. I like Thai Square, but I have something specific in mind, and the requirements are that it be in DC proper and close to a metro (train) stop.

      I'm hoping for more suggestions and discussion.


      1. Kanlaya at Gallery Place/Chinatown is IMO one of the best DC Thai restaurants.

        Nothing on par with Duangrat or Ruan Thai, but Mai Thai and Monsoon (one south, one north of Dupont Circle Metro) is not bad. Mai Thai, I believe is the DC branch of the one in Alexandria.

        1. Dc proper, metro accessible and good (but not sure how "authentic")

          Bua Thai, 17th & P
          Sala Thai, 21 & P

          I eat a lot of Thai and each place does a good job with certain things (ie curries are good at bua, duck is goood at sala)

          1. Rice on 14th Street between Q and R is the best Thai that I've come across in DC proper. It's not right on the Metro, but an easy walk from the Dupont Circle stop.

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            1. re: BrianD

              I'd agree with Rice. I also like Mai Thai near Dupont