Elephant Jumps, Thai food in Merrifield

8110 A Arlington Blvd, Falls Church, 22042, (703) 942-6600, in the Yorktowne Center, more on Gallows than Route 50, home page here.

Home-style Thai food, with four levels of spicy, culminating in “Thai spicy.”  It’s not as good as Thai X-ing, but it’s probably better than any other local Thai competitor.  They will watch you sweat and they will giggle.


Here is one good review of the restaurant.  Here is a short bit on how elephants were viewed in antiquity.  Here is my favorite book on elephants


After we exchanged impressions of the other local Thai restaurants, the proprietor said to me: “You know a lot about food and you get around — you should be a food critic.  You could write up what you think about all these places!”


If we’re not going to have much more economic growth, we can at least have a few locales like this.  

Comments

Is it region-specific Thai (a quick glance at the menu suggests it's not Northern)? What were the standout dishes?

I think CROISSANT GREEN CURRY SANDWICH and DRUNKEN SPAGHETTI CHICKEN frighten me.

Ultiamtely all I need in life to be happy that I am currently lacking might be:

* A Thai restaurant in Northern Virginia that serves bua loi

* A Pho restaurant that serves yew char kway (or whatever would be the proper Vietnamese equivalent), fried breadsticks are offered with Pho in Vietnam, why not here?

* A Chinese restaurant that serves black sesame soup

Is that too much to ask?

You had me at Thai spicy. I don't see any duck on the menu though. Tyler, any dishes you recommend?

Went back again. Today I had:

FRIED CURRY FISH CAKE
BEAN THREAD SPICY SALAD
PANANG CURRY CHICKEN
CRISPY SALMON, GINGER SAUCE

Really just outstanding. The salmon was one of the best pieces of fried fish I've had. I'm consistently surprised by the quality of food they're producing.

There's a Thai restaurant directly across the street from where I live in Arlington, but I'm finding Elephant Jumps worth the drive to Merrifield.

Thanks for the heads up, Tyler!

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