Skip to Main Content

Rincome Thai

Photo: Mihee PansiriMention Mihee Pansiri and most people will automatically know you’re talking about Rincome Thai Cuisine ‘s owner – a mainstay on the Pike since 1985. What was it like opening a Thai restaurant in the 80’s? What were her challenges? Ms. Pansiri smiles at the questions, but is quick to respond saying it was more common to see a Chinese restaurant than Thai. So how did Rincome make it? Mihee and her then-husband both worked in the restaurant industry and when the opportunity presented itself (a family friend didn’t want to continue with the business), they borrowed money from family and bought the restaurant.

At first it was a struggle running the restaurant with Mihee also working a second job. They were bringing in $100 a day in revenue. About five years after they opened, a trend started happening — federal and military officials started to visit the restaurant. Soon many others including top ranking officials were coming in for lunch. Stationed overseas, many were familiar with Thai cuisine and were eager to eat an authentic Thai meal while back on American soil. Adorning the walls you will see portraits of numerous military/political figures including former Joint Chiefs of Staff, generals and congressmen/senators.

Photo: Rincome Thai staff

Today many of the customers are Ethiopian and Hispanic families, many of them second and third generation customers who continue to return. Mihee mentions this diversity is one of the pluses of living along Columbia Pike (Mihee lives nearby and sometimes walks to work). She also is quick to mention it remains an affordable place to live and despite being far from Metro, that hasn’t prevented customers from coming. There are several Metrobus, ART bus routes and Capital Bikeshare stations nearby providing car-free options. Most of the staff walk to work, including Cherry who has been the chef for 25 years.

Some of Ms. Pansiri’s most favorable memories are hosting her annual Superbowl potluck where longtime customers bring in a dish and share. She says it’s like the TV show “Cheers” where everybody knows your name. If you’re a first time customer, she recommends drunken noodles — their most famous dish. But chicken lemongrass soup or chicken with basil leaves and peppers are other good options.  Here’s how to get to Rincome Thai car free.

Rincome Thai
3030 Columbia Pike
Arlington, VA 22204

Related Content

Upcoming Events

 

Arlington’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Counters

Bikes counted

View Counter Data
110 Trail
945
14th Street Bridge
0
Arlington Mill Trail
0
Ballston Connector
0
Bluemont Connector
0
CC Connector
777
Clarendon EB bike lane
195
Custis Bon Air Park
806
Custis Rosslyn
0
Fairfax EB bike lane
128
Joyce St NB
0
Joyce St SB
23
Key Bridge East
908
Key Bridge West
163
Military NB bike lane
41
Military SB bike lane
0
MVT Airport South
0
Quincy NB bike lane
84
Quincy SB bike lane
90
Roosevelt Bridge
305
Rosslyn Bikeometer
0
TR Island Bridge
1021
WOD Bon Air Park
689
WOD Bon Air West
1117
WOD Columbia Pike
821
WOD East Falls Church
871
Wilson WB bike lane
272

Peds counted

View Counter Data
110 Trail
474
14th Street Bridge
0
Arlington Mill Trail
727
Ballston Connector
0
Bluemont Connector
0
CC Connector
535
Custis Bon Air Park
0
Custis Rosslyn
2113
Joyce St NB
0
Joyce St SB
107
Key Bridge East
1782
Key Bridge West
916
MVT Airport South
0
Roosevelt Bridge
0
TR Island Bridge
606
WOD Bon Air Park
669
WOD Bon Air West
585
WOD Columbia Pike
29789
WOD East Falls Church
702

All counters, YTD

View Counter Data
Year to Date
2571232