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2.18.2016

Baan Thai, Where Have You Been All My Life?

It took me way too long to discover Baan Thai. It's not the trendiest joint or the newest. It doesn't have a up-and-coming or celebrity chef. It's just been hanging out upstairs on 14th Street as I pass it by for Slipstream and Birch & Barley and B Too.

No more.

Baan Thai made my February 2016 restaurant to-do list after I spotted it on Tim Carman's Best of 2015 "cheap eats" list.  (I started a new business this year and am trying to seriously rein in my restaurant line item.)

I climbed the stairs and was seated at a cozy corner table. My server was so nice and helped me navigate the menu. Her smile told me that I made a good choice in the Fishball Green Curry.  I tweeted Tim that I was there and he sent back two words: Thao Soi. So I called my poor server back and arranged a swap. At this point, I didn't even know what came in a Thao Soi. I just trust Tim.

And, he didn't disappoint. What showed was this warm, spicy bowl of comfort. It was chicken that fell off the bone in a spicy red curry noodle broth, topped with fried noodles and lime.
Baan Thai's Thao Soi
This is the dish I want on cold nights.

I'll be back to explore the menu more. My friend Justin says I need to try the Kal Soi (a yellow curry version of this dish) and I still want the Fishball Green Curry.

With a drink and a spicy shrimp salad, the total cost was $27.00 plus tip. And, it could have even been a better deal if I made it in time for the happy hour, which runs from 5-7pm and includes sushi and sashimi.

Baan Thai is located at 1326 14th Street NW in Washington, DC. Reservations are not necessary. It's a bit of a walk from either McPherson Square or Dupont Circle metros. Or, take Uber with this link and get a free ride up to $15

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