Cheap Eats 2015: Thip Khao

Where we go for our favorite scorching dishes.
Cheap Eats 2015: Thip Khao
Thip Khao serves fiery Laotian dishes in a bright Columbia Heights dining room. Photography by Scott Suchman.

The largest of the categories on the menu at Seng Luangrath’s Laotian restaurant is titled Let’s Go to the Jungle, and you sense the tour guide leading her wide-eyed newbies on a far-flung adventure in offering so many chili-stoked preparations of offal: You want authentic? Okay, you asked for it! To Luangrath’s credit, she hasn’t dumbed down her cuisine; the result is some of the most exciting cooking in the area at the moment—sometimes sharp (a sour soup with tamarind), sometimes smoky (tender strips of sun-dried beef), often fiery, at times all of the above.

Cuisine: Laotian

Where you can get it: 3462 14th St., NW; 202-387-5426

Also good: Grilled pork necks; grilled salmon with curry; koi, a kind of Laotian ceviche.

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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.

Anna Spiegel
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.