Finally! I've been looking for something different and who knew I'd find it behind Home Depot in 7 Corners Center?!
Looking for a change from the standard Thai fare that seems to be ubiquitous, I happened upon Bangkok Golden. The best news, it turned out that Laotian food was actually what I was craving.
This restaurant has both cuisines (two menus in fact, Thai and Laotian) but this review is based on the Laotian dinner menu (they have a combo Thai/Lao buffet too)
Saturday night about 8ish - the restaurant is packed and the line was almost out the door on a cold night. The patrons were a mix of Thai/Lao speakers and English speakers. Everyone waiting seemed unphased by the line and undeterred by the cold.
The atmosphere is cramped but homey. The service was attentive and helpful. We had the oft-recommended crispy rice salad and it did not disappoint! Get it - it's so delicious and the texture is incredible. We also had the Larb Moo (pork) and the Ping (grill chicken skewers) as well as a Lao Dark beer and a Lao Light beer. It was excellent. The food was so flavorful and the sticky rice came in little grass woven containers. Spiciness is at your pleasure.
I rarely give a 5 star rating but this place is a find. Affordable (and very reasonable for the area) prices makes this a real gem in the Northern Virginia area. Finally, some place that is exciting even though it's in a very bland location.
Situated adjacent to the Shoppers supermarket and behind the Home Depot. Easiest access is from Route 7 (across from the odd and unique freestanding Sears)
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