Crystal Thai
A Thai restaurant with nine versions of soft-shell crabs.
Reviewed By David Dorsen
Comments () | Published October 16, 2006

Crystal Thai
Address: 4819 First St., N., Arlington, VA 22203-2603
Phone: 703-522-1311
Neighborhood: Arlington
Cuisines: Thai
Opening Hours: Open for lunch Monday through Friday 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM. Open for dinner Monday through Wednesday 4:30 PM to 10 PM; Thursday 4:30 PM to 9:30 PM; Friday 4:30 PM to 10:30 PM; Saturday noon to 10:30; Sunday noon to 9:30 PM.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Ballston-MU
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Soft-shell crabs with chili sauce; soft-shell crabs with basil; whole crispy fish in chili sauce; honey-roasted duck; pork wtih garlic sauce; sliced beef stirfry; curries.
Price Details: Lunch and dinner appetizers, $2.95 to $11.95; entrees, $6.50 to $15.95.
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Delivery, Good for Groups

From June 2005 Cheap Eats

Located in a shopping center off Route 50, this restaurant has an attractive interior. The food is fresh and well prepared, and the prices are right.

Crystal Thai prides itself on its soft-shell crabs. The restaurant offers nine versions, including a spicy one with chili sauce and a moderately seasoned one with basil. Check the price before ordering: Soft-shell crabs have become expensive. Other high-end items worth considering are the whole crispy fish in chili sauce and the honey-roasted duck. There are plenty of dishes under $10, including pork with garlic sauce, sliced beef stir-fried with basil, onions, and chili peppers, and one of the chicken curries.

Unlike Indian curries, Thai curries are cooked in coconut milk and chili paste. They are made from red, green, and yellow chilies and include either potatoes or bamboo shoots. Many diners order the familiar pad Thai, but consider experimenting with one of the half dozen other dishes made from sautéed rice noodles.
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