Choosing the best shops for any sort of ethnic cuisine is always a bit difficult, because markets in wealthy American cities often dictate what will and won’t sell. If palates in a certain area can’t handle particular flavors, or heat, or -- more importantly -- afford upscale rent, you’ll most likely have to journey into the suburbs for authentic cooking. Such is DC’s relationship with Thai cooking. While DC proper has its fair share of quality shops slinging spicy green curries, zesty fried fish, and crispy rice salads, if you really want to get at the Thai heat that will burn the tongue out of your skull, you’re probably going to have to take a trip into Maryland or Virginia.
The following is a list of eight of the best Thai restaurants in the DMV, spanning a range of price points and neighborhoods (and heat levels).