Cheap Eats 2008: Bangkok 54
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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

Why go: Beyond the trendy loungelike look is a serious kitchen that prizes big flavors and loves to play with textures.

What to get: Poh tak, seafood soup that gets its jolt from roasted chilies; tangy beef salad with fresh mint; crispy pork belly with chili and basil—a similar dish with tofu is also good; whole fish steamed with chilies and lemongrass; spicy red coconut curry with duck; five-spice stewed pork; chili-stoked fried rice with shrimp, chicken, and egg; Bangkok-style catfish curry; luscious young-coconut and Thai-tea ice creams.

Best for: Dates, celebrations, cocktails, and groups of singles out on the town.

Insider tip: During happy hour (5 to 7), draft beers and the lounge menu are half price.

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