Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Restaurant Wednesday: Bargain Thai Food in Dupont Circle, DC Edition


I was sitting on this very deck at Bua Thai in Dupont Circle last night with some good friends. The sun was shining, the two-dollar drinks (yes, I said TWO-DOLLAR DRINKS) were flowing, and the spicy puffs were salty, sweet and crunchy. It was a lovely scene. As the sun went down, we made our way through the happy hour menu, sampling the small-but-flavorful spring rolls, limey beef salad, oniony larb gai, and refreshing shredded papaya salad. Each appetizer costs four dollars and house wines, mixed drinks, and a handful of beers are two dollars a pop. All of this wonderfulness is available from 5:00 until 7:00 pm, when happy hour ends. But even during normal hours you still can't possibly spend too much at Bua.

Last night my friend Eric cautioned me at first not to write about this sweet little secret, for fear that too many people would come and make getting a seat impossible. But then with a wave of his hand he said, "Oh actually it's probably fine. It's not like that many people read your blog." EXCUSE ME? He quickly backpedaled but I told him he'd have to backpedal to Thailand to make up for that comment. So you guys, check this place out next time you're in Dupont Circle and tell them Dear Dave Lieberman sent you. Bua deserves our business, and Eric deserves to be smacked upside the head. Well, ok, not really...


Photo from Bua's website

4 comments:

Whit said...

Ooh, we should go here for our next outing!

Ellen said...

And this is a favorite of mine for business lunches...I've never been there in the evening (Hank's dollar oysters always win out) but am looking forward to shifting to a happy hour Bua visit. Mum's the word though!

Jeff DiNunzio said...

well, Eric was right, wasn't he? Nobody is reading this right now, obvi...

next time you're in NYC, you should come to my 'hood, Long Island City. (google it; it's one stop over from Grand Central in Manhattan.) There's a good Thai place called Tuk Tuk. We'll enjoy some not-$2 drinks.

Catherine said...

Sounds good, Jeff. I'll be up NYC-way in a couple of weeks. Woo hoo!