Cheap Eats 2010: Bangkok 54
100 great places that offer great food at low prices.
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Rina Rapuano, Kate Nerenberg
Comments () | Published June 10, 2010
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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.
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.

Why go: With exposed ducts, turned-down lights, and low banquettes, this looks more like a place for $300 bottles of Absolut than a neighborhood Thai restaurant. But the often fiery cooking is as vibrant and artful as the setting.

What to get: Flaky puffs of curried potatoes; shrimp tossed with lemongrass and lime juice; crisply fried fish with mango and a chili vinaigrette; firecracker shrimp; green-papaya and grilled-beef salads; stewed five-spice pork; pork belly or tofu with chili and basil; fried and lacquered duck tossed with chilies; a split pineapple filled with pineapple sorbet.

Best for: Dive-phobes and dates.

Insider tip: A weekday happy hour features $4 appetizers and selected half-price cocktails from 4 to 6:30.

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