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Restaurant Review: Thai Market in Silver Spring

As if a food post on making ramen/ramyun wasn’t lazy enough, today I’m talking about food that I didn’t have any hand in preparing: I’m doing a restaurant review! If I were to review restaurants that I take my family to on a regular basis, it’d most likely be a chain with high ceilings where kids eat free because parents love it when A) their kids crying isn’t the loudest sound in the restaurant and B) they save money. Oh, and crayons and balloons–anything that will hold their attention for more than 3 minutes thereby pushing back their time till meltdown–are also a big bonus. This isn’t that kind of place. So sorry, but there are no recipes here–though I am planning on doing a post on tom yum soup soon–and if you don’t live in the DMV (DC/MD/VA) you won’t be able to dine here as it’s not a chain. But I hope it encourages to try Thai food!

My wife and I led a missions team to Chiang Rai, Thailand in 2006 and 2007 and we fell in love with the people there, not to mention the food. We visited last summer and we continue to keep in touch with the local ministry and sponsor several kids in the youth development program, but we still miss the people there, not to mention the food. Did I mention the food?

While I love me some Thai food, I really dislike the prices they charge in the DMV. $9 for pad thai?! Did you know bowls of noodles sell for less than a buck in Thailand? Granted, average income is totally different, but when I told our Thai friends how much their compatriots were charging stateside, they nearly had a heart attack.

Enter Thai Market, a tiny hole in the wall at 902 Thayer Ave, just a few blocks from downtown Silver Spring. When we walked in, it smelled like Thailand and they had pictures of the king and queen. The fact they had Milo’s and Oishi green teas in the market, which is attached to the restaurant–endeared the place to us even more. So anywho, onto the pics!

From these humble digs come untold of deliciousness.

Thai Market, Silver Spring, MD

We started with sticky rice and meat on a stick.

Sticky rice and meat on a stick ($1 each)

Seriously. How can you go wrong with meat on a stick?

You can't!

The menu and the prices were so enticing we ended up ordering 3 dishes in addition to the sticky rice and meat on a stick. Drunken noodle:


Beef noodle soup:


And chicken with sweet basil:

Basil is delicious!

Washed down with a $1 Thai Iced Tea:


Sure the iced tea was heavy on the ice, light on the tea. But for $1 when other places charge close to $4?!?! Would you think less of me if I double-fisted Thai iced teas?

Their papaya salad looks great and my wife and I are planning on trying everything on the menu (not on one visit obviously). That was WAY too much food and we definitely had leftovers.

All of that food for a little over $20! You can see why I’m a fan. Top it off with free meters on Saturdays and Sundays in front of the restaurant, the farmer’s market on Ellsworth Drive, and the Silver Plaza fountain kids can play on, and you’ve got a fun, cheap way to spend the day with your family. And like the sign says: cash only!

What are some of your favorite family-friendly restaurants? Or a fun way to spend the day with your family? And does Thai food give you IBS or do basil burps really smell atrocious (mine do!)?

  1. August 18, 2010 at 11:48 am

    I’m going to send this to my aunt who lives in Silver Spring. ๐Ÿ™‚ Looks delish!

    • Pop
      August 18, 2010 at 1:11 pm

      It was! I’m sure your aunt will love it!

  2. August 18, 2010 at 11:57 am

    Starving. We are dying for good Thai food here.

    We just recently crossed over into being able to take our kids out to eat without wanting to slam our heads on the table. Granted, we better time it right and not sit there too long, but we are finally able to enjoy ourselves. For a while there it was like eating with raccoons. Grabby, ill-behaved raccoons.

    • Pop
      August 18, 2010 at 1:12 pm

      LOL @ grabby, ill-behaved raccoons. After being a parent for 2+ years, I now find I eat insanely fast. Even when I’m out with only my wife on a date, I eat fast out of habit.

  3. August 18, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    I love me some Thai food! Tom yum soup. Yummy yummy! I’m also a huge fan of Vietnamese food. Particularly pho soup. I used to live in DC. I went to high school in Alexandria. Wish I knew about this little treasure of a restaurant in Silver Spring, MD when I lives there.

    • Pop
      August 18, 2010 at 1:12 pm

      Mmmmm! I love soup! It’s so perfect on a rainy, dreary day like today!

  4. August 18, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    Meat on a stick?!? Squeeeeee!!

    I would love that place! I like Thai food. Yum, yum spicy. ๐Ÿ™‚ Tea for a dollar sounds really cheap. What a great place you found. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Pop
      August 19, 2010 at 9:18 am

      I love the heat! It’s painful but oh so tasty!

  5. August 18, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    Meat on a stick – always a great idea! Okay, now I need to find a recipe for basil chicken – that looks amazing, as does the soup. Could you mail me some of that soup to Chicago? Thanks!

    • Pop
      August 19, 2010 at 9:19 am

      haha! I’m looking forward to your take on basil chicken! And sure, I’ll mail you some. Would Pony Express be ok?

  6. TK
    August 18, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    My favorite Thai food is Gang Massaman. It’s hot curry heaven served with rice. My brother in law served a mission in Thailand too! He introduced me to the wonderful world of Thai food. My favorite dessert is sticky rice with mango. Hmmmmm..delicious mango.

    I think you already know my favorite restaurant. =)

    • Pop
      August 19, 2010 at 9:21 am

      Oooo! I have a great recipe for massaman gai (chicken)! Maybe I’ll make that next week and post it.

      And yeah, so jealous that you have a Rudy’s!

  7. August 18, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    Ok, here’s the problem: My FAVORITE type of food? Thai food. And now? Because I don’t live in the area? You have made me angry with this review. This would only be helpful if you lived in my city.

    Therefore? You suck.

    But for real… I might convince my husband to go on a road trip to DC just to find some authentic and cheap Thai food. Is that desperate?

    • Pop
      August 19, 2010 at 9:22 am

      LOL! I’m sorry, Elizabeth!

      If you roadtrip here, I’ll buy ya a meat on a stick to apologize. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. August 18, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    I’ve only had Thai food a few tomes, but love it. A new little Thai place recently opened here, and I’ve been meaning to try it out – and after this review, now I gotta!

    • Pop
      August 19, 2010 at 9:24 am

      Ooo! There’s gotta be some amazing places in Cali!

  9. August 19, 2010 at 11:44 am

    Oooooohhhhhhhhh, my stomach is so growling right now! Great pics, once again! I love Thai. Those skewers looks especially fabulous and moist and tender.

    • Pop
      August 20, 2010 at 2:03 pm

      I’m craving a skewer now. MEAT!

  10. August 19, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    Oh, would that work right now….

  11. Veronica
    August 20, 2010 at 12:44 am

    Pop, please don’t ever do a non-chain restaurant review again. Unless you want me moving next door. Because I’m so jealous that I’m not within a few miles of that Thai place right now! Are you kidding me? DROOOL! And I don’t even think I’ve ever had Thai food but I want it. Like now. Great review. LOVE meat on a stick–LOL! I love to go to the zoo with my family, or to a park where there are pony rides and paddle boats and train rides. The fair is great but only open a few weeks out of the year.

    • Pop
      August 20, 2010 at 2:03 pm

      Sorry. I promise to stick to chicken quesadillas from Fridays and Applebee’s. ๐Ÿ˜›

  1. August 18, 2010 at 3:15 pm

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