Thip Khao is a Laotian restaurant located at 3462 14th St NW. I had heard fantastic things about Thip Khao, but the first time I went I ordered the exact wrong things. Since I consider myself an adventurous eater (I’ve had the grasshopper tacos at Oyamel) I figured that I would be able to handle the chicken heart kabobs, fried pig skin, and fried duck heads. The chicken hearts were decent enough, but the fried pig skin was both tough and fatty and the fried duck heads were somewhat reminiscent of chicken wings, but with hardly any meat on them. I did have fun quacking them and saying I was Donald Duck, probably to the annoyance of those around me. I’m never one to penalize a place for serving authentic delicacies that can
be hard for an American to stomach. When I went back, I had the Muu Som (Rice-cured sour pork belly wok tossed with ginger, garlic, onions, bell peppers, dried Thai chilies, kaffir lime leaves, fried red shallots) and the chicken laab, both of which were beautifully cooked and full of flavor. When I tasted them, it was clear to me why Thip Khao is widely considered one of DC’s best ethnic restaurants. Reasonable prices and a great location right in Columbia Heights are great bonuses.