Cheap Eats 2010: Bangkok 54

100 great places that offer great food at low prices.

Why go: With exposed ducts, turned-down lights, and low banquettes, this looks more like a place for $300 bottles of Absolut than a neighborhood Thai restaurant. But the often fiery cooking is as vibrant and artful as the setting.

What to get: Flaky puffs of curried potatoes; shrimp tossed with lemongrass and lime juice; crisply fried fish with mango and a chili vinaigrette; firecracker shrimp; green-papaya and grilled-beef salads; stewed five-spice pork; pork belly or tofu with chili and basil; fried and lacquered duck tossed with chilies; a split pineapple filled with pineapple sorbet.

Best for: Dive-phobes and dates.

Insider tip: A weekday happy hour features $4 appetizers and selected half-price cocktails from 4 to 6:30.

 >> See all 2010 Cheap Eats restaurants here 


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Ann Limpert
Executive Food Editor/Critic

Ann Limpert joined Washingtonian in late 2003. She was previously an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a cook in New York restaurant kitchens, and she is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Logan Circle.