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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.

Cheap Eats 2008: Thai Square

Why go: In an era of Technicolor Thai restaurants with kitschy names and candy-colored cocktails, this bare-walled, one-room storefront seems almost, well, square. The focus is cooking, which pumps new life into familiar dishes.

What to get: Kanom jeeb, a thick, pleated dumpling filled with shrimp; pig’s-knuckle stew, a braised hunk of knee meat in a broth laced with cinnamon, ginger, and star anise; crunchy honey-roasted duck; a chili-fired stir-fry of catfish, eggplant, and rhizome.

Best for: Diners who prefer to be dazzled by flavor rather than atmosphere.

Insider tip: Though the menu doesn’t say so, the kitchen doesn’t mind swapping proteins (tofu for pork, pork for chicken) for many of the main courses.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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