Details

Thai Square

3217 Columbia Pike
Arlington, VA 22204

703.685.7040

703.685.0071

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

Website: http://www.thaisquarerestaurant.com/

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.

100 Best Restaurants 2008: Thai Square

No. 48: Thai Square

Cuisine: The area’s best Thai cooking, though you’d hardly guess it from looking at the drab exterior and mostly conventional menu. But the Thai standards almost always taste better here—less oily, less cloyingly sweet, more balanced, more fragrant.

Mood: Is there one? The major design touch is a single red line encircling the plain-Jane dining room. But if the restaurant lacks ambience, it does not lack admirers—many staffers of the Thai Embassy cross the river into Virginia for an authentic taste of home.

Best for: Vegetarians as well as devotees of offal, who will rejoice in the bowls of tripe soup and such arcana as pig’s-knuckle stew.

Best dishes: Crispy honey-roasted, basil-scented duck; hunks of catfish, Thai eggplant, and sliced rhizome in a spicy chili sauce; an aromatic, slow-cooked pig-knuckle stew that gives off hits of ginger, cinnamon, and star anise; green or red curry, each displaying balance and power, with slices of duck; crispy squid with basil.

Insider tips: Beers are around $3, which may make you feel flush enough to consider overordering appetizers and entrées, the better to savor the range and depth of the cooking.

Service: ½