715 N. Glebe Rd. Arlington, VA 22203
Bangkok Bistro is a wonderful, busy, cheerful spot for lunch right across the street from Macy's (Ballston Commons Mall) near the Ballston Metro. They get you in and out quickly with smiles and just the right amount of attention. Corner location with huge windows gives the restaurant an open and bright feel. The dark furniture is clean and modern. The aromas that hit your nose when you first walk in make it hard not to stay and enjoy your meal.
We ordered wine at $7/glass along with Drunken Noodles ($11) and a Papaya Deluxe Salad ($9). Both were excellent. The Drunken Noodles, one of my favorite dishes, had just the perfect amount of seasoning and noodles were cooked to a perfect texture. The Papaya Deluxe Salad came out with a fun presentation of shrimp on a skewer and was also delicious.
If you are driving there, expect to see lots of paid street parking around, but on a weekday lunchtime spots are hard to come by. Parking hint: The garage right next to Bangkok Bistro charges just $1 for the first 3 hours, and the guys there are very friendly and efficient. Great experience.