Food & Drink

6 reasons to get excited for DC's first all-Lao restaurant

Published On 12/05/2014 Published On 12/05/2014
Bangkok Golden
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Thip Khao by Chef Seng
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1. Thip Khao 3462 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20010 (Columbia Heights)

Named for the basket used to make Laotian sticky rice, Thip Khao comes from Chef Seng Luangrath (of the famous Thai-Lao restaurant Bangkok Golden in NoVa), who brings Southeast Asian cuisine and expert cocktails to DC with this sleek Columbia Heights spot. On the concise menu, you'll find specialties like grilled chicken thigh skewers with lemongrass and snakefish head steamed inside banana leaves with red curry. To cut the spice of your meal (feel free to let the waiter know how much heat you can tolerate), order the Phak Tai, a Laos-inspired cocktail with gin, mint, lemon, and sparkling sake.