|Critics and diners agree, Duangrat's is the DC Area's premier
Thai restaurant destination!
Duangrat’s has earned numerous local and national accolades
* Washingtonian’s “Very Best Restaurant” & “Very Best Bargain”
awards for over 15 consecutive years
* Washingtonian’s only Thai restaurant awarded 3 stars and
coveted Blue Ribbon Award
* Washingtonian’s “Readers’ Choice” award- Best Asian
* Northern Virginia Magazine's "Peoples' Choice" award- Best
* Pookie Duangrat, 1998 Washingtonian Restaurateur of the Year
* Gourmet Magazine’s “America’s Top Tables” award
* Zagat Survey’s “Restaurant of Distinction” award
|"This is a stunning, stunning restaurant.
Three stars and one of the best in the country!"
- Robert Shoffner, Washingtonian Magazine
|The Restaurateur of the Year award is
presented annually by the
Washingtonian to the chef or owner
whose restaurant's consistent
performance over the years has made
lasting contribution to area dining.
In every ethnic cuisine, a breakthrough
restaurant sometimes opens that
expands our understanding of a style
of cooking and sets a benchmark for
its competition. It started with
Jean-Pierre Goyenvalle's enlightened
interpretation of classic French
cooking at Le Lion d'Or in 1976, and
has continued through the years with
Tony Cheng at Szechuan,
Yannick Cam at Le Pavillon,
Roberto Donna at Galileo,
|Jeffrey Buben at the Occidental, and Josu Zubikarai at Taberna del Alabardero.
When Pookie Duangrat opened her namesake restaurant in 1987, Thai dining was already popular, but the
restaurants that offered southeast's Asia's spiciest cuisine were modest in setting and predictable in menu. With its
sparkling chandeliers and wall niches displaying beautiful artifacts, ceiling height windows framed with silky folds of
lustrous pink fabric, and tables set with linen, Duangrat's introduced elegance to the local Thai restaurant scene. Its
menu refreshed the predictable Thai repertory with the likes of shrimp fried with chili paste and fava beans,
purse-shaped fried dumplings tied at the top with a length of chive, and a list of daily specials that greatly expanded
the Thai repertory.
When there was no more room to showcase depth of her native cuisine at her original restaurant, pookie Duangrat
opened two more enterprises in her Bailey's Crossroads neighborhood: Rabieng, which specializes in the rustic
regional cooking of northern Thailand, and Bangkok St. Grill and Noodles, a showcase for the diversity of southeast
Asian street-stall cooking.
For creating and maintaining a national class Thai restaurant and demonstrating the depth and breadth of her native
cuisine, Pookie Duangrat is the 1998 Restaurateur of the Year.
Restaurateur of the Year