Why go: Taw Vigsittaboot’s Thai place—in an English basement in DC’s Shaw neighborhood—is a one-man show, which means you have to place your dinner order when you make a reservation and call for takeout two days in advance. But the assertively spiced curries and brightly flavored salads are worth it.
What to get: Larb gai, the fiery minced-chicken salad; salmon in lush red curry; Panang curry chicken; pad Thai; peanutty Chicken Vigsittaboot.
Best for: Offbeat dates; carryout.
Insider tip: Portions are smaller than the family-style plates at most Thai restaurants, so you’ll want an entrée for each person.
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