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Cheap Eats 2007: Thai Square
Comments () | Published July 11, 2007
Thai Square
Address: 3217 Columbia Pike, Arlington, VA 22204
Phone: 703.685.7040
Neighborhood: Arlington
Cuisines: Thai
Opening Hours: Open daily for lunch and dinner.
Nearby Metro Stops: Pentagon City
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: N/A
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Kanom jeeb; pig’s-knuckle stew; honey-roasted duck; stir-fry of catfish, eggplant, and rhizome.
Price Details: Appetizers $3.50 to $9.50, entrées $8.95 to $12.95.

Tiny little Thai Square—the area’s best Thai restaurant—isn’t much to look at but what shows up on your plate will make you forget the industrial carpeting.

To appreciate how good the cooking is, try a full range of dishes. You might not think to mix catfish, duck, and pig knuckle, but Pad Ped Pla Dook (catfish in a spicy chili paste with Thai eggplant and rhizome), Crispy Honey Roasted Duck With Basil, and slow-cooked Pig Knuckle Stew are an excellent combination, the spice in the catfish complementing the sweetness of the duck and the aromatic stew. Even simple-sounding dishes like green curry, red curry, or sautéed assorted vegetables are remarkable for their depth of flavor. The food is neither sugary nor overly spicy but rather is marked by nuance and elegant saucing.

Thai Square fills up early, especially on weekends. There’s no bar area, so if you want to enjoy a Singha beer before dinner, arrive early and grab a table.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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