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Washington Post highlights Arlington eatery on Best New Restaurants list

Some dishes on the menu at Padaek (courtesy Noh Leftovers)

Lao and Thai restaurant Padaek, which opened last October in the Arlington Ridge Shopping Center, won some acclaim from the Washington Post today.

The Post included the eatery at 2931 S. Glebe Road on a list of the best new restaurants in the region.

The list specifically highlights the Arlington Ridge location, a second location for Padaek that spun out of a Seven Corners restaurant. Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema listed the new Padaek location as one of the 26 best recently opened restaurants in the D.C. area.

“Named for the fermented fish sauce used in Laotian cooking, the youngster spins off the original Padaek in Falls Church, which also features Thai and Laotian dishes,” Sietsema wrote. “While the cuisines share many of the same ingredients, Laotian food is neither as sweet nor sour as Thai, more reliant on fresh herbs, and not as heavy.”

The restaurant was founded by award-winning D.C. chef Seng Laungrath.

The menu features a variety of Thai and Laotian dishes like Khao Soi — a coconut curry and chicken dish served with yellow noodles — and crab fried rice.

The restaurant is open from noon to 3 p.m. every day and 4-9 p.m. every day except Sunday, when it closes at 8 p.m.