Thai Pan- Leesburg, VA
I ate at Thai Pan for the first time today and it was really delicious. I'd heard good things about it but hadn't been because, well, it's attached to a gas station and that's a little questionable :) It's at 2 Harrison Street across from the county building (side note- street parking in Leesburg is currently free for 2 hours. I believe this is through the end of the year). I was surprised to see that its lovely inside. You can't tell they share a building with a gas station. I ordered an iced tea and it tasted canned rather than fresh. Eh. I started with a house salad and while everything was fresh, it was pretty boring. Iceberg lettuce, green peppers, tomatoes, onions, and carrots. However, it was served with a thick peanutty sauce that was addictive. I wolfed down most of that so-so salad just so I could eat more peanut sauce! I ordered a yellow curry with chicken and was very, very happy with it. I first tasted this curry in Bangkok and was transported back there when my plump pile of jasmine rice and steaming bowl of curry arrived. The curry had a hit of sweetness from the coconut milk and a lovely heat- the kind that lingers flavorfully, not just brings tears to your eyes with no actual taste. There was a generous amount of tender chicken and, of course, potatoes and onions. My bill was $16 and service was quick and friendly. I'll be back!