Christmas in Virginia-Dinner at T.H.A.I in Shirlington


Today was our first full day at Kristine’s and we were looking forward to just hanging out, playing with the cat, and anticipating our dinner at our favorite Thai restaurant at Shirlington Village.


Shirlington Village is a lovely area to live, shop, dine and enjoy many forms of entertainment.  One of my very favorite restaurants is T.H.A.I. at Shirlington.   I love Thai food and this restaurant is wonderful.  The food never disappoints and has remained constant over many years.  I visit Kristine each March for a week spending many, many hours watching one basketball game after another during March Madness.  During these visits Kristine and I will enjoy dinner at this wonderful restaurant at least once. 

Laura, Kristine, Mary and Randy

Laura, Kristine, Mary and Randy

Kristine invited her long-time friend, Laura, to join us.  Kristine and Laura have been friends since 7th grade.

I was painfully shy as a young person and never made friends easily so, I think it is just wonderful that both Kristine and Jennifer have maintained childhood friendships over the years.  We were hoping to visit with Laura’s husband Dave and son Jack too, but unfortunately, they were committed elsewhere. 


 As we turned onto the main street of the village our eyes were filled with trees all aglow with beautiful white lights making the street looking like a magical fantasy land.  The fountain in the center of the median was decorated with white lights that resembled streams of water.  It was all just wonderful to see!

T.H.A.I. Shirlington is a restaurant that has an open, inviting and friendly atmosphere and a menu filled with many delicious choices.  We were seated immediately and settled down for a lovely evening of great conversation and really good food.  We started with two tasty appetizers: vegetable filled spring rolls with a sweet carrot dipping sauce and, tender popcorn shrimp with a Thai spice-rub and served with a creamy, sweet chili sauce.  Both were mouth watering.

We all enjoyed our entrée choices very much.  I ordered the Panang Perfect which according to the restaurant is an, “all time favorite”.  The dish is a savory chicken with a curried peanut sauce combined with coconut milk, basil and Kaffir lime leaves.  It has been and continues to be my very favorite entrée.  

Our appetites sated we said our goodbyes, took a few moments to admire the village fountain just once more before returning home to sleep and dream about one more wonderful day on our Christmas vacation in Virginia.

Tomorrow we are off to see the White House.  Stay tuned.



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11 Responses to Christmas in Virginia-Dinner at T.H.A.I in Shirlington

  1. Genny says:

    First, Mexican. Thai food sounds yummy too. What an eclectic mix! Now you need some Chinese. If you have time and game to explore, check out House of Dynasty in Springfield; it used to be The BEST!

  2. Dennis says:

    Thai food is my favorite, having been stationed in Thailand for a year. You have to ask if they serve cow-pot, spelling, if they say yes, it’s a genuine Thai restaurant. Have a great Christmas. Enjoy your family and friends.


    • Hi, Dennis–We both love Thai food. Randy is right though. This food was wonderful but the best Thai food we ever had was in New Zealand. A very Merry Christmas to you and Connie. Mary

  3. Mary says:

    What a great time! We saw the White House decorations on TV last week. I’m sure they will be totally awesome in person! Have fun!

    • Hi, Mary–The tour was just wonderful. My only disappointment is that we were not able to take cameras into the White House and most of our cell phones took really terrible pictures. I got all the pictures from everyones phones and picked out the best. A very Merry Christmas to you and Bill. Mary

  4. mlseverson says:

    It was not hard to pick your beautiful daughter out in that picture Mary! Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas . Safe travels. Mary and Rick

    • Hi, Mary–She is a cutie. We look very much alike. We are watching the news carefully. We may run into some bad weather when we head out to travel to Alabama. We’ll see. Randy and I wish you and Rick a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Mary

  5. Randy says:

    Thai food was quite good, however the best we have found was in New Zealand.

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