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Favorite Thai restaurants in D.C., nothern Virginia?

I finally tried Thai Basil and I was very disappointed. My dish
was so bland and tasteless (I tried the guay tiew) I had to
douse it with nam pla to make it have any taste. The curry
puffs which they spelled "kary" were also disappointing. The
nua sod had a nice taste but was overcooked.

My stepson had the drunken noodles and they were delicious; my
friend had the pad wun sen and that was pretty good and another
friend had the penang chicken. I didn't get a taste of the
penang chicken but he said it was good - however, I've never
seen carrots served in that dish before here or in Thailand.

I think I'll stick to BKK City when it comes to going for Thai
food close by Centreville. The service was terrible. The girl
that waited on us put us in the far corner (by the bathrooms)
when there were plenty of tables for 4 available (there were
only 2 other tables being used in the whole restaurant) and she
was so unfriendly I actually did something I haven't done in a
very long time - left less than a 15% tip (I usually leave at
least 20%).

Jan 15, 2007
mlatt326 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Favorite Thai restaurants in D.C., nothern Virginia?

I still can't get a hold of where Thai Basil is, but I can google it. Am looking forward to trying it.

Jan 11, 2007
mlatt326 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Favorite Thai restaurants in D.C., nothern Virginia?

Yes, BKK City is between Shoppers and Sears in the Multiplex shopping center.

I like Sakoontra too - not crazy about their soft/fresh eggroll but overall it's decent. I like their pad see-ew and crispy duck.

Jan 11, 2007
mlatt326 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Favorite Thai restaurants in D.C., nothern Virginia?

I agree. Thai Square is probably the best. I'd like to try Thai Basil.

My husband and found a place in Centreville. It's fairly new, called Bangkok City. It's not the most authentic, but the food there is decent but the best part is that it's only 5 minutes away from where we live. The atmosphere is nice (clean, modern). I hope it gets enough business so we don't have to drive a long way when we are craving Thai.

Another place we liked (since it was the closest to us) is Thai Palace off Rt. 50/Rt. 28 in Chantilly, but I think it's $1/$2 more expensive per dish for less food so I haven't been there in quite a while since you can go somewhere else for better food for less money.

Jan 10, 2007
mlatt326 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Good places for brunch in Alexandria

I like the Royal Cafe - sort of a diner, but if you like that kinda food, it's delicious. My co-workers don't like it for lunch (I do) but they're a bit snootier about food. I like old fashioned down home cooking. They have an omelete bar and a made to order waffles. It gets crowded on Sundays. I think it's a great local place.

Nov 05, 2006
mlatt326 in Washington DC & Baltimore

NoVa Dimsum?

I haven't been back to China Garden in years since my last experience there. They cater (or did) mostly to tour groups and couldn't care less about the regular customers. We had the same 2 carts go round and round for 20 minutes and the dragon lady manager/owner there didn't seem to care about anyone else except her bus loads of people. I used to go there in it's old location and thought it was wonderful and then when it moved to the new building it went downhill. I generally go to Fortune in 7 corners. I know the food can be cold but if you get there between 11:30 and 12, it's not bad. If anyone knows if it's changed, let me know and I'll give it another try. My sister was there a few months ago and wasn't impressed.

Nov 05, 2006
mlatt326 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Favorite Thai restaurants in D.C., nothern Virginia?

Try the crispy chili fish or the pad see-ew.

Nov 01, 2006
mlatt326 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Favorite Thai restaurants in D.C., nothern Virginia?

Hope you're not disappointed with Rice. Too trendy! More emphasis on decor than atmosphere or more importantly taste.

Oct 31, 2006
mlatt326 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Hong Kong style noodles in Centreville area?

This is great! Thanks.

Oct 31, 2006
mlatt326 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Hong Kong style noodles in Centreville area?

Thanks! I was afraid of that. That's too bad. I've eaten at all three of your recommendations and they are definitely very good.

Oct 31, 2006
mlatt326 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Favorite Thai restaurants in D.C., nothern Virginia?

Sorry - not sure where that is. I don't work in that area any more (not since March) but I have been back just for Thai Palms a couple times since.

Oct 30, 2006
mlatt326 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Hong Kong style noodles in Centreville area?

My husband and I just moved to Centreville about a year ago and I've been craving the egg noodles with dumplings in soup. Does anyone know where is the closest location? I'm pretty sure I had these at Mui Kee off Rt. 50 in Arlington but that's a little further than I wanted to travel last night with a cold.

All I've found in this area is Pho and no decent Chinese (especially delivery).

Oct 30, 2006
mlatt326 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Favorite Thai restaurants in D.C., nothern Virginia?

Thai Palms is 410 Elden Street in Herndon (off Elden Street in the K-Mart shopping center, there's a whole bunch of restaurants to eat in there including a Five-Guys and a Hard Times).

I've tried Tariin Thai for lunch a couple times and it was OK. Not bad, but I haven't tried Thai Luang.

Oct 30, 2006
mlatt326 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Bangkok Joe's?

It's ok if you just want a place to go and aren't looking for authentic Thai. Because if you are - it's not. Nice decor and staff is fairly friendly and prices are so-so.

Oct 30, 2006
mlatt326 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Indigo Landing?

I have been meaning to write a letter of complaint to this restaurant ever since my co-workers and I went there about a month ago for drinks and appetizers after work. The only reason we went there was due to it's proximity to our office and to sit on the deck since it was a great Friday night.

We got there before 5pm and there were very few people there - including staff. It took almost 20 minutes before anyone came over to take our order (after we'd gotten drinks ourselves at the bar) since we wanted to order food. We had requested to sit outside but the host staff refused to sit us out there since we weren't ordering "dinner". There were 8 of us and we were going to drink and have appetizers AND there was NOBODY outside!

After the first round of drinks and some very poor tasting but expensive appetizers, we decided we would order some dinner items and tried again to see if we could sit outside since there were still very few people in the restaurant. The (RUDE) host snidly asked me if we were going to be ordering "full dinner" and not just appetizers so I said yes. He said it was not possible to seat 9 people outside (we had one more join us) and that he'd have to get an ok from his manager. I asked him if the tables were bolted down and how do they normally accomodate parties of more than 4-6. He said he'd have to check with his manager - which of course he never did.

Our cocktail waiter was rude and inattentive. We spent several hundred in just the time we were there and probably would've spent more except for the poor food and service made us decide to leave after the next round.

NEVER AGAIN. I used to work there when it was Potowmack Landing (opened the restaurant back in the 80's) and I cannot agree with Mulan who said it is an improvement over the last restaurant. At least people were allowed to sit outside whether they were ordering a full dinner or not. I can't believe what customer service has become in this country. Being an ex-waitress/bartender, it's hard for me not to leave a tip but boy do the servers of today tempt me!!

Oct 30, 2006
mlatt326 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Favorite Thai restaurants in D.C., nothern Virginia?

I have lived in this area for over 22 years and have eaten at most of the Thai restaurants (especially when they were far and few between - now it's like Starbucks, one on each corner) and my favorites are Thai Square and Thai Noy in Arlington. Thai Square has to be the most authentic Thai (I lived in Bangkok for 9 years) I have tasted. There are others which will do when you can't make it over to Thai Square (I can't remember if I've been to Bangkok 54, but with the raves it got on this page, I'll have to try it again) but if anyone tells you to try Tara Thai or Duangrats - do not listen. I don't know what they rave about. Tara Thai is ok if that's the only Thai you've got within walking distance but it's too Americanized. I also don't know why people rave about Neisha - their dishes are none I've ever eaten in Thailand. Crystal Thai used to be good, but they've gone downhill in the last few years. Thai Palace in Chantilly is ok, but pricey for what you're getting. In Herndon, try Thai Palms. They have the Thai style noodle soups and a good lunch buffet. Pattaya Thai in Sterling is also pretty decent.

Oct 30, 2006
mlatt326 in Washington DC & Baltimore