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Sep 16, 2007 02:51 PM

Best Authentic Thai in Metro Area

We love Thai Square but are looking for somewhere new. Anyone?

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  1. Quick answers are:

    Bangkok 54, just down the street from Thai Square.

    Ruan Thai in Wheaton

    I also really do like Tarin Thai in Herndon, though there seems to be a tiny slippage over the past year. I also like Thai Luang in Herndon based on food, but am really not plussed by service when busy (dine-in), and find they're a bit on the high side of price.

    1. I like Dungarats in Falls Church.

      1. I've enjoyed the Thai street food brunch at Rabeing (also served at Duangrat's I hear). I think it's much better than the regular menu. Saturday and Sunday afternoons only.

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        1. re: Steve

          What do you consider would be the best thai choice for those of us who dont have cars and are too lazy to leave the district?

          1. re: cleveland park

            Perhaps Simply Home, Rice or Regent... but the burbs are really where it is at.

            1. re: cleveland park

              I don't know how authentic these places are but I really like Regent Thai, Thai Chef, and Mai Thai. I'm not sure how they compare to the other places since I haven't tried the ones out of the district before.

              Although a couple years ago I was taken on a date to Bangkok Blues in Falls Church area and the food was amazing. Very fun environment with authentic Thai cuisine. The guy who took me had just gotten back from Thailand and loved Bangkok Blues...not to mention the place had some great blues and rock bands playing that night. Don't ever hear about this place though.

              1. re: Elyssa

                the food quality at Bangkok Blues has gone down a notch or two since you've been, still OK but nothing really to rave about.

              2. re: cleveland park

                Ruan is pretty easy to get to via metro and the Wheaton stop. B54 and TS are easy via metro and a bus (used to be a bus from Pentagon, now P City might be where that bus leaves from). The metro site should be able to give that to you fairly easily.

                1. re: cleveland park

                  Thai X-ing. 515 Florida Ave., NW Opens at 4pm. Mostly carry-out. Only one table. As I've said before, I am ready to retire their red curry salmon as one of the top five all time dishes in Washington. Tofu soup is excellent. A unique experience.

              3. Po Siam in Arlandria -- still relatively unknown; you know good Thai when the customers are, well, Thai. Mussels and yum roast duck -- don't wait, go now.

                1. I like Kanlaya Thai more and more every time I go. Downtown in Chinatown, 7th and H I think, next to Chinatown Express and under Burma. Although it is hard to walk past the great cheap food at Chinatown Express, but you asked about Thai.