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  • 100 Very Best Restaurants 2017: Baan Thai

    February 15, 2017

    The Washingtonian

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    What started as a sushi spot with only a few noodle dishes has grown into one of Washington’s most alluring Thai restaurants. If you’re looking for pad Thai, don’t bother. Chef Jeeraporn Poksupthong proudly avoids the Americanized carryout staple in favor of the spicy, funky, sour flavors of her home country. Ease in with khao soi gai, a rich chicken-coconut curry with egg noodles and pickled cabbage, or the vermicelli in chili-peanut sauce with ground chicken and shrimp. The menu still advertises sushi, but the best dishes pay homage to the chef’s heritage. Inexpensive.

    Also great: lotus root with grilled-shrimp salad; crispy rice cakes with chicken and shrimp; chicken stuffed in tapioca skin; northern pork curry with pickled garlic.

  • Winner - D.C.'s Best Noodle Soup 2017

    April 6, 2017

    Washington City Paper - Laura Hayes

    Tom Yum Noodle Soup at Baan Thai

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  • Where to have a nice downtown lunch without the expense account price tag

    April 27, 2017

    The Washington Post

    You can savor sit-down service at these downtown destinations, expense account not required.

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  • The Best Cheap Thai Restaurants Around DC

    July 17, 2017

    The Washingtonian - Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel, Jessica Sidman and Cynthia Hacinli

    You’ll find one of the city’s great noodle dishes—an electric mix of vermicelli with peanuts, coconut milk, and lots of lime—inside this restaurant.

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  • The 10 best places to eat cheap food in the Washington area

    October 7, 2016

    The Washington Post

    When people say Washington has finally become a restaurant town, what they really mean is that it’s finally become a chef-driven restaurant town. For years, the area has had an embarrassment of riches when it comes to mom-and-pop eateries founded by immigrants or by locals hungry for something cheap and good. Here are my favorites, in descending order:

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  • The exquisite Baan Thai hides in plain sight at Tsunami Sushi on 14th Street

    January 8, 2015

    The Washington Post

    The Washington PostLike Taylor Swift, Matthew McConaughey and Bruce Jenner, Tsunami Sushi and Lounge appears to be transitioning. The Japanese establishment, perched atop Thai Tanic on the equally evolving 14th Street corridor, started painting its nails a different shade in September and introducing itself by a second name: Baan Thai.

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  • D.C.’s Thai Chefs Can Finally Showcase Pungent, Spicy Flavors on Their Menus

    April 14, 2016

    Washington City Paper

    At Baan Thai, at least one or two tables per night ask “where’s the pad thai?” Healy admits that does make him pause to wonder if they should serve the dish.

    But ultimately, the answer is no.

    “Every single Thai restaurant in America is offering pad thai. It is the Big Mac of Thai cuisine,” Healy says. “We did not do this to sell Big Macs.”

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  • Beholding the Magnificence of D.C.'s Southeastern Asian Dining Scene

    June 19, 2015

    Bill Addison /

    In the first spoonful of khao soi gai at Baan Thai in Washington D.C., I tasted muscle. Not actual flesh, though chicken stock certainly mingled in the broth of this curry noodle soup native to northern Thailand. I tasted brawn. Someone in the kitchen had pounded the hell out of lemongrass, ginger, fresh turmeric, and other spices to create a curry paste imbued with supernatural strength. It was electrical and alive. It infused every atom in the fiery liquid, layered with a pungent whomp of shrimp paste against the soothing sweetness of coconut milk. Braised chicken rested in a shallow pool of broth atop ropy noodles, garnished with sliced shallots (also an ingredient in the paste) and pickled mustard greens. One spritz of lime quickened every flavor. Fried noodles, a traditional adornment, rose from the far corner of the bowl like a tangle of wintry branches. Every other element of the dish instantly conjured the tropics.


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  • The $20 Diner’s 10 favorite cheap eats of 2015

    December 17, 2015

    Tim Carman: The Washington Post

    I began the year by writing about a semi-covert concept called Baan Thai, an intoxicating place forced to share tables with an Americanized sushi house on 14th Street. I closed the year with a fruitless search for another Thai joint, this one purportedly buried in the crusty corridors of Eden Center, the Falls Church mall better known for its Vietnamese cooking.

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  • Baan Thai:- Best No-Wait Restaurant on 14th Street

    April 9, 2015

    Washington City Paper

    If you wait until the last minute to eat out on 14th Street NW, you’re pretty much screwed. An hour-to-two wait is the admission price at most of the restaurants worth visiting on the trendy corridor. Not so at Baan Thai, where you can always count on a seat and a satisfying, affordable meal.

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  • Must-Try Thai Spots in DC

    May 5, 2015

    The owners of Tsunami Sushi & Lounge decided to start offering traditional Thai dishes last year with a menu that meanders through several regions of that country. The kitchen’s commitment to authenticity means no alterations or substitutions allowed — similar to the deal at the beloved Little Serow — and its status as restaurant within a restaurant mirrors a few other trendy places like Range. But unlike many fancier spots that also pray at the altar of authenticity, this place delivers. (Literally. You can order online and have it delivered to your door.) 
    1326 14th St. NW, second floor; 202-588-5889

  • Baan Thai

    July 27, 2015

    Tyler Cowen's Ethnic Dining Guide

    Regional Thai cuisine, from four different parts of the country, the attached sushi restaurant serves as a talisman against the uninformed. Get the tapioca chicken, the Isan sausage, and the Thai vermicelli in chili peanut sauce. This is one of three or four local places with real Thai food, and thus one of the best dining spots in DC

  • The Eight Best Asian Noodles in The D.C. Area

    April 22, 2015

    From the exterior, it's hard to tell that Tsunami Sushi also happens to serve some of the best Thai food in D.C., but climb the stairs and you'll find, in addition to sashimi and California rolls, a menu of Thai dishes full of spice and surprise (and no pad thai in sight!)

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    November 25, 2014

    We love Thai food; or, what we thought was Thai food.When we went to our favorite Thai restaurant, we would order the same things every single time: red curry and Pad Thai. There isn’t anything wrong with these dishes; they are absolutely delicious with just the right amount of spice accompanied by strong, bold flavors. The problem is that these aren’t authentic Thai dishes.

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    October 8, 2014

    Interrupting the regularly scheduled programming of wistful European recaps because I had to make sure that the best Thai curry I've had in DC (yes, really) went down on record in this blog. So without further delay:

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  • Gut Reaction: Try the New Traditional Thai Menu at Tsunami Sushi

    September 30, 2014

    Washington City Paper

    Despite the restaurant's name, sushi is not what you want to order at Logan Circle's Tsunami Sushi & Lounge. Located above and from the same owners as Thai Tanic, the place was previously limited to so-so spicy tuna rolls and unadventurous nigiri platters.But about a month ago, the restaurant debuted a new Thai menu, under the name Baan Thai, in response to all the customers who came upstairs asking for Thai food. Instead of Americanized Thai staples like pad thai and panang curry that you'll find at Thai Tanic, the upstairs restaurant features a completely separate menu—no substitutions allowed—with more authentic dishes from across Thailand, including the more sour, funky, spicy flavors of the northern part of the country. It's one of the most unexpectedly delicious meals I've had in a while.

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Baan Thai

1326 14th Street, NW, 2nd Floor
Washington, DC 20005 202-588-5889
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Lunch Hours

Sunday: 11:30am5pm

MondayFriday: 11:30am3pm

Saturday: 11:30am5pm

Dinner Hours

SundayThursday: 5pm10pm

Friday, Saturday: 5pm11pm

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