Thursday, June 29, 2017

DOORDASH customers please read!

DoorDash customers please read

If you are ordering our food through DoorDash (DD), please be aware that you are contracting a third-party delivery service.  Some restaurants are officially partnered with DD, we are not.  Those restaurants allow DD to jack up their menu prices to compensate for the commission taken by DD.  DD also charges the customer a fee.  We are not fans of this "double-dipping" practice.  Rather, we believe in fair, face-value pricing and transparency.  There is no contract or compensation between DD and Duangrat's.  

In cases such as ours, there is no line of communication between DD and our restaurant (other than when a DD agent phones us your order).  If for instance, a mistake is made or we are unable to fulfill orders (power outage, holiday, etc.), we have no means to rectify or relay info to the customer or a DD administrator.

DD is able to circumvent an official partnership by basically passing itself off as the customer.  In this capacity, DD has literally copied & pasted our menu onto its website without our consent or permission.  When you place an order via the DD website, a DD agent phones us your order with your name.  Your credit card payment is collected only by DD.  The DD driver pays us upon pick-up with a DD issued credit card.  The entire transaction is "under the radar" so to speak, as we assume we are dealing directly with our customer, when in fact it is DD.  All is fine and dandy until there is a mistake, delay, etc...

With that said, we recognize that in today’s World, a third-party delivery service is convenient and mutually beneficial to all three parties involved.   Mistakes have been few and far between, so we will allow DD to carry on.  However, for aforementioned reasons, we cannot take responsibility for any errors, delays, issues, that may arise with your DD delivery.  In this case, DO NOT CALL THE RESTAURANT, please sort the issue out with DD.  

Should we determine that DD’s service is disruptive and/ or misrepresents our brand, products & services, we will take action to have DD remove our menu from its website. 

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Summertime, soft-shells and other seafood musings!

Hi friends!  It's Summertime finally (did we have a Spring?!) and that means it's soft-shell crab season.  Soft crabs are not their own breed, they're simply blue crabs caught in transition- when the crab has outgrown and shed its exoskeleton, but before its newly formed shell becomes hard again.  

For the 30 years we've been in business, we've sourced our soft crabs from the same local, family-owned supplier in Easton, MD- Baxter Soft Crabs.  The Baxter family is the best source for soft crabs in the mid-Atlantic, it is exclusively their bread & butter!  Thanks to our decades long relationship, we get the season's first catch and cream of the crop!

We source "jumbo" soft crabs battered with Japanese Panko bread crumbs, served hot & crisp and topped with your choice of one signature sauce:  Chili Basil, Bhram peanut curry, Five-Spice, Sweet & Sour.  Soft crab season starts when it's warm in May and tapers off in September, so come and get 'em!  

On the topic of seafood, Duangrat's does not bill itself as a seafood restaurant, but we serve plenty of it!  Duangrat's procures white domestic wild caught shrimp, seasonal soft crabs, live whole Maine lobsters, sea scallop, and a diverse portfolio of quality fish:  wild king salmon, red snapper, rainbow trout, Chilean sea bass, rockfish, flounder, cod.  We procure our seafood fresh when possible, at least 3 times a week from only two boutique seafood suppliers based in Maryland's Eastern shore- not a big box restaurant supply wholesaler.  

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Coming soon…a very limited supply of Rogue Sriracha Stout!!!

Contrary to popular belief, Sriracha sauce was not an invention or brand coined by its California based producer, Huy Fong.   While the brand Sriracha has become generically used like Coke and Tabasco, and its red plastic squeeze bottle & green cap iconic- the true origin of this sauce is Thailand.  That's right, Sriracha hot sauce was invented in the town of Sriracha, Thailand by the Panich family.  Unfortunately, the family missed the boat and did not capitalize on global distribution and trademarking like Huy Fong.

Rogue Brewery, out of Oregon, known for its prolific limited production craft beer has hit a home run in its unlikely collaboration with the Huy Fong Sriracha sauce factory.  The stout is very drinkable (5.7% ABV) with just a bit of zesty kick in the aftertaste.  

Supply is very limited, in fact we were only allocated one case, so this unique brew doesn't come cheap at $25 per 750 ml bottle!  Should you order one?  Sriracha + beer, why wouldn't you?  A second, maybe not.  But at least you'll have a nifty souvenir bottle and conversation starter to share with friends! 

No one ever said chasing spicy Thai food with spicy Thai inspired beer was a bright idea- but you only live once!  

The original Thai version, produced in the beach town of Sriracha, just outside of Bangkok, Thailand:


Monday, January 26, 2015

Featured in Arlington Magazine Jan/Feb 2015 issue: "12 Local Restaurants That Have Stood the Test of Time"

Hello friends!  Check out our latest write-up in the current issue of Arlington Magazine.  Food writer Jessica Strelitz profiles 12 local time-tested restaurants that have become beloved dining institutions.  Duangrat's Thai Restaurant was established by Ed & Pookie Duangrat in 1987 and has been managed by second generation owner/ operator Eddie Duangrat since 1997.  

The key to our longevity and success is that our restaurant is first and foremost, a "labor of love".  Read more here:

Friday, December 12, 2014

"Food Fit For a King"

Thailand is the longest reigning Monarchy in the World!  The expression "Food Fit for a King" might very well have been coined in old Siam.  Today the vast majority of Thai restaurants, especially outside of the homeland, serve "common" Thai cuisine.  This is not so much due to any sort of social caste system, but because the depth of knowledge of classic and royal Thai cuisine has long been lost amongst the youth of today's modern Thai restaurants.  

Duangrat's has been serving the DC Metro since 1987 and is the area's longest operating Thai restaurant.  Duangrat's is proud to remain classic and traditional- this is a dying breed in today's restaurant scene.  

Duangrat's takes the expression of this blog title literally.  We are proud to be the official Thai cuisine caterer of the Royal Thai Embassy in Washington D.C.  We are also the only Thai restaurant in the DC Metro area entrusted to prepare "royal" style Thai dishes for visiting members of the Royal Thai family.  This month, the Thai Embassy contracted Duangrat's to provide over 5,000 finger hors d'oeuvres for guests at its Thai National Day gala at The Willard Intercontinental Hotel.  

At Duangrat's, you don't have to be be royalty to eat like one.  Enjoy Thai cuisine made by those who make "Food Fit for a King"…

200 hand-made pieces, 4,800 more to go!