Well, we checked out the 'new' Thai place at 8655 Colesville the other day. It is called Kao Thai; it replaced another Thai eating establishment. But Kao Thai has stepped up the decor and it's more of a sit-down and be waited on restaurant than when it was Thai Flavor.
However, when all is said and done, I think the food at Thai Flavor might have been superior. Kao Thai certainly draws a large lunch crowd, but the missus and I were only ambivalent about the food. There were several lunch specials from which to choose, but every dish except one contained chicken. There were no veggie options on the daily lunch specials; there was one fish dish.
This missus did order this one. It was some kind of a fried salmon dish with rice and a spring roll, that left my better half pretty disappointed. She said the spring roll was the best thing on the plate. I will say the however, the dish photographs well.
I opted to order something other than one of the daily specials - meaning I lost out on a spring roll. I ordered the Dragon Noodles Jae. It was tasty, but nothing to get excited about. It was supposed to be spicy, but it wasn't. I also could have done with a bit more fried tofu and broccoli. They were pretty stingy on both counts. It was a filling lunch, but I'd give it a 6 out of 10. I think the next time we do Thai in the 'hood for lunch we'll head over to Charm Thai. When we walk to Thai for dinner, my legs know to take me straight to our old favorite Thai Derm. And I know, there are better Thai places around, but it is a sentimental favorite for us.
A few other items to note. What's up with Highland Coffee? The windows have been papered over for at least two weeks. There are no signs on the place to indicate what is happening and I saw nothing on line. Anyone have a clue?
No changes yet across the street from Highland at Fresh Start. The chairs are still stacked on the tables and it appears they are no closer to reopening. I spotted some of the old retirees who used to hit FS for coffee in the morning at Kefa. Cafe I felt kinda bad. I like Kefa and all, but it most certainly has a different vibe than FS. These guys didn't look all too comfortable there.
And across Silver Spring Ave from FS, the Krazy Claws truck still sits in the County lot. That thing has not moved since my return. So much for me walking to get a lobster roll. I guess I'll have to wait till I am back in Maine. Not sure about their business plan!
Just west and north of this intersection, Society Lounge is still struggling to open. The last post on their Facebook page is from Jan. 25. Every time I walk by an opening seems imminent, but it has not yet happened. This worries me about the long-term staying power of this place -- assuming one day it will open its doors. We shall see.