When I searched Thai food restaurants in the area I only expected to find Thai Inter, but I was pleasantly surprised to find an unknown Thai grocery store and restaurant called Sawatdee on Great Mills Road in Lexington Park. The other editors had never heard of it, though they did have a Facebook page, which showed food pictures and had good reviews. Last Saturday, I drove out to find the grocery store, dragging my boyfriend along lest it turn out to be a myth and not really exist. After passing by the grocery once and freaking out my GPS (her name is Susan), I quickly did a U-turn and found myself in front of a tiny building with the name “Sawatdee” in Thai and English. We walked inside and immediately the atmosphere seemed friendly and accommodating. While it mainly serves as a local grocery for the area, there are two small tables in the middle of the one room building where we sat to wait for our food after ordering.
There are shelves on the left side of the shop that have everything from Siracha Rooster sauce to microwaveable Japanese Mama noodles and coconut milk to make curry with. On the other side two large fridges carry fresh seafood from the bay and a smaller fridge for sodas and teas. Colorful pictures of each available dish are posted on the walls and there are menus at the counter to pick out your meal.
I went for the classic Pad Thai which is thin rice noodles, peanuts, bean sprouts, and other veggies and delicious spices. My boyfriend decided to be adventurous and get the chicken curry with rice. The owners are very nice and make sure to see what spice level you want for your meal. It only took about ten to fifteen minutes for our food to arrive, and I was excited to eat what I had been craving for the past week.
The shrimp was fresh and very succulent while the noodles were cooked to perfection. For only eight dollars, I got a huge helping of pad thai with shrimp and veggies. The curry came out with a mild spice that left your tongue simmering and enjoying the burn. I snuck a few bites of curry and was very pleased with it. So for a total of 16 dollars we got two bottles of water and a large portion of a classic Thai dish. The owner was very attentive and came out to see if we needed anything a few times.
I would suggest the Sawatdee grocery any time you crave Thai and are on a budget, or if you want access to fresh seafood and Thai products to make your own delicious dishes. Overall, I would give the restaurant an 8 out of 10 for splendid taste, price and service.