Looking for an affordable lunch or dinner place? DC Artist Mike Weber has opened a wonderful little Thai Place on U Street NW. If you haven't already discovered it, try it soon in the heart of Duke Ellington's neighborhood.
Here's a great review of the food.
Simply Home Cuisine
1412 U St., NW between 14th & 15th St. NW
Open daily for lunch and dinner.
CHEAP MEALS TO GO
It's no surprise this tiny Thai place is so pretty--it was opened by the team behind the chic Simply Home furniture store and the Logan Circle Thai restaurant Rice. Though there's no (waiting) place to sit, white walls lined with jars of loose tea, candles, and fresh flowers make a zen-cool waiting area.
Grab a Thai iced tea ($2.50) and start with the chicken nuggets ($2.95), fried patties of chicken ground with aromatics and served in a paper cup with peanut-chili dipping sauce. Pad Thai ($9.95) is light and balanced, with crushed peanuts, shreds of spring onion, and large shrimp. Sautées, like chicken with ginger ($9.95) and tofu and vegetables with green curry ($9.95), come with jasmine rice and spring rolls on the side. Don't miss the fries combo ($2.95)--a paper cup filled with shards of taro, yucca, and sweet potato.
By Ann Limpert, Cindy Rich, and Jeremy Stahl