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Sapp Sapp Lao & Thai Kitchen

120 S Main St
Irving, TX 76050
972-514-1811
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  • 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.
  • Lunch, Dinner
The Top 100 Dallas Restaurants, No. 45: One of the mainstays of the Laotian food revolution in Dallas, Sapp Sapp comes from a family that’s been in the business for multiple generations. They founded one of the region’s first Lao kitchens at Nalinh Market, which was originally intended as a specialty grocery store. At Sapp Sapp, there’s a little more room to sit down and try whole fish, crispy pork riblets coated in garlic, grilled Lao sausages or any number of ultra-hearty soups and curries.

Top pick: Just about any soup here is great, from the Lao-style pho topped with a whole beef rib to the kowpiak, filled with crispy pieces of pork belly, smooth cubes of pork blood and whole soft-boiled quail eggs. Look out for excellent noodle soups, too.

The downside: Although the kitchen is happy to serve up Thai fare with which Americans are more familiar, it’s simply not the best reason to visit Sapp Sapp.

Fun fact: Call ahead to arrange a garlic-marinated tomahawk ribeye, a popular meal for visiting UFC fighters.

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