Cheap Eats 2013: Sugar Palm Thai

Quick reviews of ethnic cuisines you can experience for less than $25 a person, tax and tip included.


Curries—such as this rich green version with chicken and eggplant—are the thing at Sugar Palm Thai. Photographs by Scott Suchman

About Sugar Palm Thai


5580 Vincent Gate Ter
Alexandria, VA 22312
5580 Vincent Gate Ter
Alexandria, VA 22312

The gracious servers smile like it’s Disneyland at this sliver of a restaurant, done up in sunset-hued paint. But don’t think they’ll baby your palate. There’s a pleasant fire to many dishes, from a lime-soaked pork salad to Sriracha-and-honey-glazed wings to a rich duck with red curry, one of many good curries. Rice dishes stand out—the ka prao fried rice, laced with basil and chilies, tastes like hawker-stall fare at its finest.

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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.

Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.