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May 2, 2007 09:31 AM

Vietnamese/Thai with outdoor seating in DC/NOVA?

Anyone have a rec for a good Vietnamese/Thai spot with outdoor seating available? I've been to a few great places in Seven Corners area, but never one with outdoor area. Thanks!!

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  1. Sawatdee in Courthouse Plaza in Arlington has outdoor seating and some of my favorite Thai in the area. In terms of Vietnamese, Minhs on Wilson Blvd. has outdoor seating. Nam Viet (Arlington location) seems to have an area designated for it but the seating has yet to be set up as of a few days ago.

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    1. re: JAC13

      I second this post. Nam Viet does have outdoor seating - and outstanding food - but call to check if it's set up yet.

      1. re: jaydreb

        Nam Viet DID have outdoor seating before that building went up. Are they bringing it back? Also Viet Gardens, as DCS mentions.

        In Reston, Thai Towne (awful name) has a small patio and their food is a bit above average.

        1. re: Dennis S

          Nam Viet still has outdoor seating on the same side in an alcove under a small overhang of the new building. It is not as cozy or attractive as the old outdoor seating. Then again, the old seating basically looked out to a giant parking lot. The food is still good, however.

    2. Thai Peppers on Mt. Vernon Ave in Alexandria has outdoor seating.

      1. Regent on 18th St has outdoor seating.
        part of the reason I love it, because even if it's a little brisk outside, they have those tall heaters if needed,

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        1. re: Jeserf

          Great news about Regent! I have been meaning to try that place based on some reviews here and, as I live in G-town, it's super convenient. Thanks to all....

          1. re: chrisbferg

            It's good, but please update us :)

          2. re: Jeserf

            I 2nd Regent. Their food and drinks are both really good. And the service is friendly

          3. In Clarendon, the following Vietnamese restuarants have outdoor seating:


            Little Viet Garden

            Nam Viet

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            1. re: dcs

              I second Minh's with the outdoor seating and heartily recommend the food there. It's really good.

            2. In the Eastern Market/8th St area there is Old Siam. I really like their Thai food...especially their curry and Rama Lama Long Song. I eat lunch there about once a week and in warm weather they have outdoor seating with umbrellas.

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              1. re: Elyssa

                So, I have to ask... have you actually had authentic Thai food before? Because I can't imagine a good authentic Thai place would have a dish named "Rama Lama Long Song", and I think this is the second time you've raved about this dish here. What is it exactly?

                1. re: sweth

                  What -- Asian restaurants can't have a little fun with their menus? One of my old favorites in New York (sadly, now closed) was Fujiyama Mama. I fondly recall names like "Ungai A La Mode" and "Mama Know Best Kushi-Yaki."

                  1. re: sweth

                    I've not had it and can't remember exactly where I've seen it but I'm pretty sure I've seen it at a few decent places. I think the real name is ever so slightly different, with the first word actually being something else (and longer), but as most dish names change slightly, it could actually be that somewhere. I'm guessing it's a dish first named in honor of one of the king's Rama - but that's just a wild guess.

                    Actually - decided to google before posting - and here you go:

                    1. re: Dennis S

                      Thank you! And for the record I wasn't saying its the best, straight out of Thailand, Thai cuisine. But it's consistantly good....especially for the area. And the staff is friendly and it's reasonably priced with out door seating.

                    2. re: sweth

                      YES I've had authentic Thai food many times in many different thanks so much for asking.

                      And I just double checked the menu and its actually called Rama Longsong...for some reason in my head it keeps coming up as Rama Lama Long sounds more fun. :)

                      The menu decribed the dish as the following: Boneless chicken sauteed with yellow curry on a bed of steamed spinach topped with peanut sauce.

                      Nothin' wrong with that!!!! And if you are in the area its one of the better restaurants. Especially for lunch with the dish is only $7.50 and you can get mango iced tea or a frozen drink.

                      1. re: Elyssa

                        Sorry; re-reading my post, it may have come across harsher than intended. Praram Long Song (aka Rama Long Song) is a legit Thai dish... Rama Lama Long Song, though--that's too close to Moons Over My Hammy for me to take seriously a place that had a dish named that, so I just wanted to know if it was a real Thai dish, or just some Americanized novelty dish.