100 Best Restaurants 2008: Bangkok 54
No. 84: Bangkok 54
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Cynthia Hacinli, Dave McIntyre
Comments () | Published January 1, 2008
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Bangkok 54
Address: 2919 Columbia Pike, Arlington, VA 22204
Phone: 703-521-4070
Neighborhood: Arlington
Cuisines: Thai
Opening Hours: Open Sunday through Thursday 11 to 10, and Friday through Saturday 11 to 11.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Recommended
Price Details: Appetizers $3.95 to $10.95; Entrees $6.95 to $12.95. Lunch special, $5.95.
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly

Cuisine: Vibrant Thai cooking as stylish as it is substantive.

Mood: The gray-and-red palette, stone friezes, and recessed shelving holding silver Thai antiques all add up to the area’s chicest Thai eatery.

Best for: Diners seeking the buzz of downtown-DC dining without the parking hassle and crowds. Night owls can nosh in the new lounge till midnight weekdays and 1 am weekends.

Best dishes: Fiery roast-duck salad with a hit of lime; shrimp with Thai herbs deep-fried in a wonton wrapper; crispy pork with garlic-chili sauce and fried basil leaves; a delicious dish of tofu in dry sauce with basil and garlic; coconutty red duck curry; stir-fried watercress with black-bean sauce; steamed fish with chili and lemon; coconut ice cream.

Insider tips: Owner Nack Vorathiankul’s brothers make several trips a week to area markets to make sure the veggies and seafood in their mother’s cooking are fresh.

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