The spicy sounds and smells of Thai food envelop the entryway as you saddle into the tiny, galley restaurant called Shop House. The food was tasty, and I would go back. But that’s not why I’m pretty excited about it. Since moving from Portland, the land-of-never-ending-delicious-fresh-local-organic-food-that-doesn’t-break-the-bank, I’ve been spoiled. Very spoiled. I can not tell you how many times Andrew and I have tried a new restaurant here only to leave vowing we’d never go out again and we should have gone to Chipotle. Yeah, that bad.
So when I heard about Shop House, the Thai-inspired restaurant Chipotle is testing here in Dupont, I had to give it a try. Banh mi sandwiches, rice bowls, or cold noodle salads with rotating sauteed vegetables and an option of tofu, chicken, or pork. It was good however, it still went down like a big burrito from Chipotle: satisfying but nothing too off-the-cuff fancy. On the flip side, as a chain, Shop House could change the landscape of “fast casual” food as we know it, introducing entire communities to things like brown rice, garlic eggplant, and pickled green mango. Affordable veggies with a Thai-twist? Yes, please.
1514 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington DC 20036