D.C. may offer a lot of guided tours for many museums, but we can't forget about the best kind of tours—Thai food.
No worries, that's where we come in! Check out these popular and highly-rated Thai restaurants in Washington, D.C.
1. Thai X-ing
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Thai X-ing (Thai Crossing) is not open on Mondays. Any other day of the week, this is the place to be. If you're looking for an authentic, small, cozy, non-flashy place that is only focused on food, give this one a shot. It's pretty popular, so we would advise making reservations—up to a week in advance is not unheard of. The 9th street location offers a bar area or BYOB, while Florida Ave. only serves food. The pumpkin curry itself is worth a reservation.
2. Doi Moi
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If you're around the Logan Circle area, Doi Moi won't disappoint with delicious food and cocktails. Be advised, this isn't your typical Thai restaurant with traditional Pad Thai or Drunken Noodles. This one leans toward more of a high-end sophisticated place designed for those who are ready to venture out into some not-as-common Thai dishes. Don't fret, though, the Scallop Carpaccio is very close to perfection.
3. Little Serow
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This one is for the adventurous, thrill-seeking, open-minded, let's-roll-with-the-ocean folks. My Type A personalities out there may struggle with the fact you have zero control over what you're eating at Little Serow, and the staff has no issue reminding you of that before you commit (and don't bother asking for substitutions!). For $54 per person, you will get a set family-style dinner that changes weekly on Tuesdays. You're almost always going to get some seafood, nuts, and pork (make sure you aren't allergic to any of these before you go). If you can handle a little surprise, this may be your new favorite late date night spot.
Little Serow does not take reservations, all seating is first-come-first-served, and they're closed on Sundays and Mondays. Also, they have no phone. Seriously. You can't even call and try and get the scoop on the menu (which really beefs up the element of surprise), but you can look on their website. Lots of rules and regulations, we know, but the staff is awesome and the food is well worth it.
4. Beau Thai
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All right, this one has won a lot of awards if you're big on the popularity and quality factor. A non-traditional brunch with bottomless mimosas and pancakes is offered on Saturdays and Sundays. Beau Thai is the place to check out for your traditional Thai dishes, as well as grab drinks and enjoy the ambiance. The Chicken Satay is popular for a reason, folks.
5. Soi 38
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The atmosphere + food + drinks here equate to happy people at the end of the meal. Soi 38 has some of the best Thai curry flavors you can get without actually being in Thailand. Not only will the staff help you pick an appropriate drink to accompany your dish upon request, but the restaurant has a very chic, neat, and modern atmosphere to complement the robust flavors of the food and drinks. Go ahead and order the shrimp fried rice that comes in half of a pineapple; you know you want to.
Have you been to any of these amazing Thai restaurants in the D.C. area? Do you have any other good ones that you think we should try? Let us know in the comments below!