I'm a New Yorker who spent a few days this week at a D.C. hotel near the White House, and went out wandering tonight looking for an Asian restaurant within walking distance of the hotel. Well, I happened to stumble into a no-atmosphere combination Thai & Chinese take-out/sitdown place called "Lim's Cafe & Grill" at 1018 Vermont Avenue NW. Now, I can't vouch for the Chinese aspects of the menu, but I sampled three Thai dishes, two of which were very good (Talay Pad Pak-- a spicy seafood combo, and Gaeng Paa-- a "light" all-vegetable curry made without coconut milk), and one of which was EXCEPTIONAL (Larb Gai-- a minced chicken "salad" served hot, both temperature-wise and spice-wise.) The Larb Gai contained a huge pile of finely minced white-meat chicken over a bit of lettuce and onion, and could very well be the spiciest thing I've ever eaten in my life, but yet it was incredibly delicious, and much more of a "meat entree with vegetables" than a "salad".
The owners are a young, ethnically Chinese Cambodian-born couple. The husband works the counter and the wife cooks, and judging, at least, by these three dishes...
Man, can she cook!
And here's the best part: the dinner-sized entree prices were all of $6.99 each, and the Larb Gai-- which is a dinner in itself-- was just $5.50!
Be forewarned, though: when the menu entry has little pictures of peppers next to it, symbolizing "spiciness," they ain't kidding!
So, has anyone ever heard of this place?