Sometimes you just want to enjoy a good meal and nice glass of wine in your flip-flops and the jeans with the holes in them. Luckily, there’s Thai Noodle and Rice. This come-as-you-are eatery in a Fitzhugh shopping strip is a diamond in the rough. The food here is good, and there’s a lot of it. The book of a menu feature curry stews, noodle bowls, all sorts of soups, fried rice, and stir frys. “I cannot tell you how good the food is; you have to taste for yourself, ” owner Paul Kasemsri says of his menu, which is entirely based on his family recipes. You can customize each entree with your preferred protein: beef, chicken, pork or tofu. All dishes can be made spicy, hot or super hot (or insanely uber hot if you’re hardcore, but you have to make a special request). You’ll find traditional dishes, like Pad Thai – noodles, egg, bean sprouts, and green onion in a peanut sauce – as well as some less-common specialties, like the Thai-style red snapper. Pair all that with a bottle of wine brought from home – no corking fee charged. One key thing to know before you go, though: This place is cash-only, so make sure you swing by the ATM first.
2634 N. Fitzhugh
FIVE PLACES TO BRING YOUR OWN BOTTLE
1 PITAS AND PINOT
Pick up a bottle of merlot to go with Mediterranean-style tapas, like dolmas, baba ghanoush and homemade pita bread.
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2 TASTE OF THE ORIENT
Sip a little sparkly with chicken spring rolls — or if you feel like enjoying that dinner and wine in your slippers, take your dinner to go.
3 IT’S FIVE O’CLOCK SOMEWHERE
Grab your favorite bottle of wine, order a pizza topped the way you like it, and you’ve officially created your own happy hour.
4 MAKE-YOUR-OWN MIMOSAS
Enjoy brunch in the garden, and bring a bottle of bubbly so you can mix your own Mimosas while you’re at it.
5 A WINNING COMBO
You just can’t go wrong with some combos, like the seriously stacked burgers here paired with a bottle of your favorite frosty brew.
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