100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Little Serow

No. 6 on this year's list.
The dining room. Photograph by Scott Suchman.

This aqua-painted restaurant—brought to you by Komi owners Johnny Monis and Anne Marler—continues to attract a line each evening well before its 5:30 opening. No advance reservations are offered for the $45 prix fixe feast featuring family-style dishes inspired by northern Thailand, and it’s not uncommon for hostesses to offer an 8:30 seating some three hours earlier. Worth the wait: seven searing dishes that include lively salads featuring, say, pig ears, chicken liver, or crispy rice cakes. Tame the heat with all-you-can-eat sticky rice and an array of herbs. We suggest splurging on the beverage pairing, a boozy journey that includes house-made vermouth, spicy German wine, and Bonal, a French aperitif. 

Open: Tuesday through Saturday for dinner. 

Don’t miss: Recent highlights from the set menu include pork ribs marinated in whiskey; corn-and-dried-shrimp salad; and coconut sticky rice.

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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.