In Shaw reports a rumor that Thai X-ing might be scouting for a new location on 9th Street. While I'm not a fan of the idea of an influx of takeout oriented restaurants on 9th, this place is not your ordinary takeout place:
Last Friday, Express reviewed takeout Thai restaurant Thai X-ing. Thai X-ing is currently located in a basement space of 515 Florida Avenue (just north of Shaw). It is owned and run by a "48-year-old native of southern Thailand [who] cooks with the calm and self-assurance reserved for cowboys and Zen masters," according to a Washington Post review of the place in June 2006. Mari reviewed the place in 2005 with positive--but not rave--reviews; it sounds like the hole-in-the wall impresses the folks at the WaPo, so maybe Thai X-ing has taken it up a notch since its opening.
There are several vacant takeout spots on 9th Street. Most are on the ground floor of otherwise beautiful (or potentially beautiful) buildings. If we could orchestrate Thai X-ing's change of location to involve a facade improvement of one of these buildings, and if we could ensure that the renovated interior space is cleaner and nicer than your standard takeout joint, I think it could be a boon to the 9th Street corridor. Thoughts?
Also, if you haven't already, give Thai X-ing a try and let me know what you think. I haven't yet been myself, and look forward to my first tasting. A word to the wise: the food takes time to prepare, so this is far from "fast food." Accordingly, you should call about an hour before you plan to arrive to place your order.
515 Florida Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202-332-4322, fax: 202-332-4401
Hours: M-Sun 11:30am to 10:30pm
Free Delivery with min. order of $15
Major credit cards accepted