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Khao Noodle Shop

4812 Bryan St.
Dallas, TX 75204
972-803-3373
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Alison McLean

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  • 12 p.m.- 3 p.m. Sunday 5:30 p.m.–9 p.m. Tuesday 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5:30–9 p.m. Wednesday-Friday 12 p.m.–3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. 10 p.m. Saturday
  • BYOB
  • Patio/Sidewalk Dining
  • Free Parking
Donny Sirisavath grew up in the back rooms of his parents’ Thai and Chinese restaurants in San Antonio and served as a cook during high school, but he didn’t have a formal chef job of his own until he opened Khao Noodle Shop, which serves the Lao noodles he remembers his mother making for the family. Khao is about his love of his mom, who died of cancer years before the restaurant opened, and it’s also about Sirisavath’s love of the food and culture of Laos, a country which for many decades was hidden to American eyes by its big, famous neighbors, Thailand, Vietnam and China. Dallas has the biggest Lao food scene in the United States, and Khao is its best Lao restaurant. If you bring two friends, you can try just about everything on the short menu, which consists entirely of snacks and small bowls of noodles.

Top pick: Order some tripe chicharrones and pickled veggies, then move on to any of the noodle bowls. One person can probably enjoy two portions of noodles. Make one of them the boat noodles with their meatballs and pork blood broth. As a bonus, this is a great place to BYOB.

The downside: As is the case with many of Dallas’ most interesting restaurants, Khao is much smaller than its popular following. Arrive early.

Fun fact: We don’t mean to brag, but here’s what we wrote about Khao in March 2019: “It feels irresponsible to hype a restaurant as small as Khao Noodle Shop. With just four tables and a counter, this isn’t a dining room meant to handle legions of fans, and the pint-sized kitchen isn’t meant to attract national attention. But national attention is coming, and Khao...is a new milestone in Dallas’ culinary history.” Six months later, national attention arrived when Bon Appétit magazine named Khao the second-best new restaurant in the United States.

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