Bida Manda was a true gastronomical novelty: one of the first authentic Laotian restaurants in the whole country. The name translates from Sanskrit as ‘father and mother’, encapsulating the family-owned nature of business. The menu is filled with traditional tastes right from the owners’ own childhood recipes, and the interior is decorated by family-inspired pictures, following a down-to-earth design to ensure a faithful glimpse into Laos culture. The restaurant, led by excellent chef Lon Bousanga, has played host to celebrity guests like Billy Joel and members country rock band the Avett Brothers. A little gem in Raleigh with a reputation and guest lists that any New York-based venue would envy.
Bida Manda, 222 South Blount Street, Raleigh, NC, USA, +1 919 829 9999