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Oct 2, 2007 06:00 PM

Looking for Thai or Vietnamaese in Annapolis

Hi Everyone,

I will be in Annapolis next week for business. I already plan on eating crabs at Cantler's, but where can I go for Vietnamese or Thai?

Thanks in advance.

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  1. Where will you be staying? If you're already downtown, there's Lemongrass and Pad Thai for Thai, both on West Street in downtown. I like Pad Thai better for their contemporary rich wood decor. But warning -- next week will be a busy time in Annapolis, in between the two large annual boat shows.

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    1. re: bordeauxfan

      I'll be staying at the DoubleTree on Holiday Ct. Is there a restaurant delivery service in Annapolis?

      1. re: jken2000

        I don't think they have anyplace that delivers Thai. Somewhere off the beaten track that the tourists for boat week migh tnot flood is Carlson's Thai and Doughnuts I know that sounds funny, but they have pretty good thai and very good doughnuts.

        1. re: ktmoomau

          Lemongrass has a location on Housley Rd and that would keep you away from the boat show crowds. The food is good, but the service is lacking. Annapolis really does not have Vietnamese.

          Sorry, I don't think you will find delivery service. I think your hotel has a good restaurant, but not Thai. Also across the way is the festival at Riva shopping center and they have Cheeburger Cheeburger (good for burgers and awesome fries) There is also a decent chinese in that plaza.

          1. re: Annapolis07

            Honestly if you're a visitor to Annapolis, I think it would be a shame if you stayed out in the chain-driven mall-land that the Parole section of the Annapolis area has become. If you have a car head east on West Street (Route 450), past the traffic circle at Taylor, and sample either Lemongrass or Pad Thai on inner West Street. There are public parking garages conveniently located behind each of these restaurants.

            1. re: bordeauxfan

              Just a warning even those parking garages will fill up on boat weekend and traffic into town may be crazy, you might just want to take a cab if you go into town, it would probably be cheaper than finding parking added with the frustration of driving around. Especially if it is sailboat weekend which is even crazier than powerboat (I forget which one is this weekend). West St., especially that part has gotten to be more and more popular.

    2. There's a Thai/Vietnamese restaurant on Riva Road just a few blocks from the Doubletree Hotel. It's called Viet Thai Paradise. It's in the shopping center on Riva Rd. and Harry S. Truman Pkwy. Here's the web site Good food, nice atmosphere, and not usually too busy.

      My husband also likes Carlson's, although I've never been. It has about zero atmosphere, but the food is supposed to be very good.

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      1. re: Mirdith

        There's also Saigon Palace in Edgewater, which isn't a very long drive. Just keep in mind that most of these places are ok or good, but none are outstanding or overly authentic. If you're from an area that is particularly strong in these cuisines, your not going to find anything comparable in the Annapolis area. If you're from an area with no Thai or Vietnamese, well, then you're in luck. For what it's worth, while I like the idea of Carlson's, I've always found their food to be mediocre.

        1. re: Jason1

          Agreed I now live in Northern Virginia which has tons of authentic thai, and none of the Annapolis places are really very authentic, but they have your staples, and aren't too bad.

          I like lemongrass of all of them the best, I didn't know they has a second (I guess they actually have three with the one in Baltimore) location. I was just assuming the West St location would be swamped as that happens on normal weekends, not even event weekends. That might be a very good option.

          Yeah Annapolis like much of Virginia is very country in cooking without a large varitey of ethnic cooking.

          You might also see if you could make a reservation at Tsunami (they are on opentable now) if they still have availability. It is more asain fusion, but at least you would have a reservation?

          1. re: Jason1

            We like Saigon Palace for the Grilled Pork on vermicelli. I'd love to know what cut of pork is used.

        2. I recently discovered a Vietnamese place in Crofton called Saigon Noodle House. It's on Rt. 450 in the strip just behind Rita's. Has anyone else tried this restaurant? I found the food to be very good, although I don't have a lot to compare it with.

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          1. re: Mirdith

            Saigon Noodle house isn't bad. The service can be a little uneven; one night I had to ask for the usual bean sprout/lime/basil/peppers accompaniment to go with my Pho.

            But if one is going to venture that far from Annapolis, I would sooner recommend Miss Saigon Noodle house in Glen Burnie, at the Glen Burnie Town Center. Their Pho is quite good, and if you have kids, they are VERY accommodating.

          2. I had lunch today at Pad Thai. Order the tom yum soup with shrimp. Very salty....also had the larb gai...this was pretty bad. didn't finish the dish. the chicken had a weird taste. Also ordered the drunken noodle with shrimp. This is where it gets bad. The shrimp was soooo RAW.