Thip Khao Makes Bon Appétit’s 50 Best New Restaurants in America

Columbia Height's popular Laotian spot gains national recognition.

Thip Khao serves a bounty of flavor. Photograph by Scott Suchman

Bon Appétit announced their annual list of the 50 Best New Restaurants in America, which includes one DC name: Thip Khao, chef Seng Luangrath‘s Laotian spot in Columbia Heights. The team is also behind Bangkok Golden in Falls Church.

All 50 eateries—which include big names like New York’s Momofuku Ko—are contenders for the ultimate honor: the Bon Appétit Hot 10, a callout of the top tier that will be announced on August 18. Last year Rose’s Luxury took the number one slot, resulting in more epic lines than usual. We’re hoping we won’t have to linger outside Thip Khao pre-opening for a taste of crispy rice salad, but it might be a good idea to get there before the 18th.

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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.