As many times as I had passed the quaint storefront in Rockville Town Center, “Pho and Rolls” had never grabbed my attention—until I finally stopped to look at the menu. From the title, I had incorrectly inferred that “Rolls” had referred to sushi when, in fact, “rolls” actually refers to a selection of meats and vegetables bundled together in variations of the typical “summer roll.” Indeed, they serve the familiar shrimp-lettuce-rice noodle roll drenched in peanut dipping sauce, but I was more intrigued by the sound of marinated ribeye, grilled onions and lemongrass chicken. Never being one to pass up a new food experience, I stepped into the empty restaurant on an early Tuesday evening.
As evident by both the exterior and the interior, Thai House is certainly not a fine-dining establishment. White and mint-green walls are mostly bare. A television hanging from the corner of the cramped dining area broadcasts news in what I humbly suspect is Thai. Ripped plastic tablecloths cover flimsy tables that are encircled with equally-as-cheap chairs. Tabletops are adorned with tiny vases full of fake pink and yellow roses. At least the silverware is clean.
Pho is a staple for any Cheap Eats diner, and my pho of choice for this week is Pho Chi. Pho Chi is also a beer and wine store. Do I really need to describe the environment in much more detail? Guests can select their own beverage from the walls of refrigerators lining the restaurant/store. You can even take an entire six-pack to the table to split with your friends. Pho Chi scores economy points for this feature.
As evident by both the exterior and the interior, Thai House is certainly not a fine-dining establishment. White and mint-green walls are interrupted with the occasional painting or two. A television hanging from the corner of the cramped dining area broadcasts news in what I humbly suspect is Thai.
The first thing we noticed when walking into Ted’s 355 was the hostess’s outfit. She looked like a stewardess that had been lifted straight off of a 1955 commercial aircraft in a pencil skirt, button down top and skinny neck tie. It definitely set the mood for the establishment and fit the post WWII diner theme. Dingy greens, reds and whites that decorated the walls and booths added to the vintage attitude.