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“A nice but average neighborhood restaurant - but if you go be sure to try the fried bananas!”
Review of Thai Tanic II

Thai Tanic II
Ranked #1,515 of 3,395 Restaurants in Washington DC
Cuisines: Thai
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighbourhood: Columbia Heights
Description: Second location for this restaurant-- original is also on 14th Street but further south. They refer to this one using the "II" after the name. Just opened.
Reviewed 18 August 2011

This restaurant was picked by some friends because it's in their neighbourhood (actually they suggested the Heights and this one and based on the Yelp reviews I decided we should try this one). It's a few blocks north of the Columbia Heights metro stations so the area is quieter. There are plenty of ourdoor seating but we chose to stay inside because when we arrived there were people smoking at one of the outside tables. The interior's not big but well decorated - with the bar on one side and bench seats against two walls on the other side. The seats were comfortable and the noise level is low so you can carry on a conversation in a normal voice. The waitress was nice however did not speak very good English, so we had to repeat everything several times in order to make sure that she understood what we wanted. We had the Tod Mun Par to start - they were ok but not the best I've had. The green curry with shrimp was a bit bland, and the Pad Thai although quite tasty, was a bit soggy and much sweeter than usual. My friends had the Por Pea Shrimp eggrolls, which they liked. We debated whether to have dessert, because the meal was just so-so, but it was a good thing that we did. Because the dessert - Black Sticky Rice Pudding and Crispy Fried Banana - were simply delicious! The fried bananas were so crispy on the outside and warm and tender on the inside we could easily have ordered seconds. I would say that the dessert was the best part of the meal and it would be worth it to just go there to have the dessert. Overall, I would say it's a nice but pretty average neighborhood restaurant. I'll probably recommend it to someone who must find some place to eat in Columbia Heights but it's not a restaurant one needs to go out of their way to try.

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Reviewed 12 January 2010

We're really glad to have this fantastic restaurant in our neighborhood! We've dined there twice since they opened plus ordered delivery. The food is consistently good, and worth the money, although there's always a little sting to paying $50 for delivery food of any kind or quality; definitely feel more like we get our money's worth when dining in than taking out!

Some of our favorites: the angel wings starter which is a chicken wing butterflied and stuffed with crabmeat and minced chicken; there's 3 to an order so if sharing with a group, order accordingly. They're huge and very tasty, and have a crisp breading which is a little different than other Thai restaurants but is a nice touch. The chicken satay is also very nice, and the chicken is nicely cooked and moist. The spring rolls are good but seem a little boring when compared to the other starters.

My favorite entree is the Thai Tanic Star which is a mound of minced, spiced chicken in the center of the plate, with grilled shrimp around the edges of the plate and also stuffed fried tofu. It's a really odd combination and honestly not the prettiest thing I have ever seen but it is delicious, and it's an extremely generous portion so we always end up taking some home. The green curry is also top notch, just sweet enough and just spicy enough.

Service is usually quick, efficient and just fine although not overly friendly--- that's OK because I don't always want small-talk with my waiter. It's not like they just come to the table and write down the order and you never see them again, though, so don't worry.

The interior of the restaurant is sleek and almost modern but has some really interesting touches like Asian themes inlaid into the tabletop. It can get chilly in the dining room so if it's a cold night out, we usually ask for a table in the back, away from the door.

Honestly never had a bad meal here and never expect to, and we're really happy to have a nummy Thai place within walking distance now!

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Thank dcpatti
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Reviewed 21 July 2014
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Thank Marina M
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