Soup is like the grandmother of meals: warm, comforting, and enjoyable with or without teeth. Dodge pinched cheeks with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Thai cuisine and drinks at Thai Place's Pennsylvania Avenue location.
The chefs at Zagat-rated Thai Place restaurant use fresh ingredients to concoct authentic lunch and dinner soups and entrees at spice levels ranging from mild to Thai hot. The tongue-tingling fare was recently featured on the Food Network's Heat Seekers. Diners can pick up sticks with grilled chicken satay skewers served alongside peanut sauce and a cucumber relish ($8.95 for four). For curry connoisseurs, a plate of gaeng kiew whan spices up palates with beef stewed in coconut milk and green-curry paste, lounging alongside Thai eggplant, basil, and bell peppers ($16.95 for dinner). Lunar blooms and a ginger-garlic sauce garnish the Moon Flower roasted duck for a super-atmospheric stir-fry with shiitake mushrooms, Chinese broccoli, and scallions ($10.95 for lunch; $18.95 for dinner). Imbibers can escort comestibles to gastrointestinal glory with a bottle of sake or an array of draught beers as they admire the Thai-inspired artwork and statues or dodge downpours of chili-induced tears in a walkway lined with traditional, colorful paper umbrellas.
Thai Place Restaurant
Featured on Food Network’s Heat Seekers for its fiery pad thai chicken, Zagat-rated Thai Place Restaurant has been bathing traditional family recipes in spices ranging from mild to sweltering hot for more than two decades. A kaleidoscope of succulent seafood such as squid, scallops, and catfish spangle fried-rice and stir-fried dishes as ribbons of rice noodles interlace with traditional napa cabbage, chinese broccoli, and bok choy. Coconut-milk-infused curries come in red, yellow, and green varieties like a traffic light on a spice trade route, suffusing ample slices of chicken, beef, or tofu.