Thursday, July 31, 2014

New Laotian restaurant, Thip Khao, to replace Thai Tanic II at 14th and Newton

A few weeks ago, we heard that a Laotian restaurant was coming to Columbia Heights, but not where -- just that it was in a currently open restaurant. Now via Twitter, the City Paper's Jessica Sidman confirms it will be located in the Thai Tanic II in the Allegro building at 3462 14th Street NW. 

The spot comes from Seng Luangrath, owner and chef at Bangkok Golden, a highly regarded Thai and Laotian restaurant in Seven Corners. In this case, it'll just be food from Seng's native Laos, including family-style dishes and other traditional fare like laab (minced meat salad,) grilled items, and sticky rice serving basket, which is what Thip Khao translates to. For a hint at what the food would be, check out her website. Looks tasty.

There will also be a cocktail and bar menu from mixologist Jack Caminos, including frozen drinks and Lao takes on traditional cocktails.

I never did get to Thai Tanic II, but they did have some good happy hour deals. Still, this place sounds pretty awesome!

(H/t Eater and PoP.)


  1. I always enjoyed Thai Tanic II - thought they did Thai food really well. And not so greasy. I'm sorry to see them go, but I guess we'll always have the original Thai Tanic?

    That said, I'm excited to hear we'll have a Lao restaurant coming in! If you haven't experienced Lao cuisine before, they're known for their steamed glutinous rice cooked inside bamboo stalks, soups and spicy green papaya salads topped with dried shrimp and peanuts.

    With Thip Khao, two Viet spots, a Filipino place coming in next to Room 11, and Sala Thai, we've got a solid SouthEast Asian representation going on in Columbia Heights! If we can get Khmer, Burmese, Malay spots to come in, we can call it Little ASEAN! haha

  2. Oh, no! Is Thai Tanic II already closed? I'm out of town so I can't go check until next week.


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