After I posted my Thai in DC article, a friend of mine mentioned that his favorite Thai restaurant in the area is Lucky Thai in Falls Church, Virginia. So I had to check it out.
While Lucky Thai has all the standard Thai dishes, my friend recommended the specials. But before we got to those, a companion and I wanted to try out some appetizers: vegetable curry puffs and chicken wings. The curry puffs were mild, but the pastry shell was cooked to perfection: crispy on the outside, but flaky and moist on the inside. The wings were also crispy, served with a sweet and sour sriracha sauce, which was also very mild.
The specials included things such as Lucky Thai Lo Main and Panang Curry with peanut sauce and seafood served over Fettuccine. My companion got the Shrimp Dangerous, while I got the Panang Curry, which happens to be the second favorite dish of the friend who recommended the place. (His favorite is the Lucky Thai seafood, which is a stir fry of crispy tilapia, shrimp, and scallops in a special sauce.)
Panang is a mild curry that is often served in a peanut sauce. This sauce had a little bit of kick to it, but was not too spicy. The seafood included scallops, mussels, and shrimp. All of it was delicious. Fresh and tender, and not rubbery at all. The Shrimp Dangerous had a fantastic presentation. My companion reported that it had plenty of shrimp and that the sauce was spicy and tangy. He liked the combination. Both dishes were served with a side of steamed broccoli. While not traditional, it made a nice companion to the meal.
Lucky Thai serves what I consider slightly Americanized versions of Thai Food. But the quality of the food is very high, and the portion sizes are generous. I expect if we visited often, we could get spicier versions of the dishes. I’m not sure it if my favorite Thai restaurant in the area, but I do concur with my friend’s recommendation.