Paragon Thai Restaurant

Written by on December 27, 2012 in I Eat America, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

( – Cleveland Park neighborhood, Washington, DC

How I heard of this place: Through my friend, Hillah, who was interested in going out rather than staying in and cooking a fabulous meal.

Paragon Thai Menu

Type of cuisine: “Paragon Thai Restaurant is among the first to prove that Thai food outside Thailand could be absolutely authentic. Along with its evocative flavours of lemongrass, lime leaves, basil, Thai chili, onin, galanga, Thai herbs and coconut milk. Paragon Thai is a family owned and operation. We offered great food and reasonable priceYou will find a professionaland very friendly staff that is more than happy to talk to you about food, wines, Thai culture and it’s history. We sincerly hope that you will enjoy ur time with us.

Ambiance: Paragon Thai Restaurant was designed with classy and trendy artsy concept that incorporate the warm and kindness feeling of Thailand. Paragon is convenience located at Cleeveland Park metro station, within walking distance from the National Zoo, Vanness UDC and Vanness metro station.”

Thai TV

Set in the midst of a small shopping strip, the serene and calming ambiance of the space is felt immediately upon entering the glass doors. Bamboo growing tall from a pot to our left, large flowers painted and laminated over the tabletops, warm, wooden walls with tall booth bench-backs set against them, and warm toned paint throughout.


The dim lighting, despite the lone flatscreen television, created the allure of a fireside living room. We took our seats and began to peruse the extensive menu.

What I ordered: Hillah knew, immediately, that she would partake of the Pad Kee Mao or Drunken Noodle ($10.95), chicken sauteed with wide rice noodle, chili, garlic, basil leaves, onion, tomato, and red and green bell pepper.

Pad Kee Mao

On this chilled-to-the-bone evening, I felt that something hot and creamy, like a Green Curry ($9.95) with mixed vegetables and tofu would be the perfect addition to our family-style meal. Our green curry of mixed vegetables and tofu came in a green curry paste with bamboo shoot, red & green bell pepper, and Thai eggplants in coconut milk and basil leaves.

Green Curry

What I loved: Both meals were fabulous! The authenticity of the Thai cuisine came through immediately with the burst of hot spice we felt with the first bite! I loved the creaminess and lightness of the green curry; the leftovers providing a gorgeous lunch for Chris!

Why I loved it: The friendly staff, the nurturing environment and the food worth a return trip – soon.

Cost: Low to average ($9.95 – $13.95 per entree)

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