Pok Pok, which hails from rainy Portland, will finally open its flagship restaurant today in Chinatown's Mandarin Plaza after a long build out process. Chef Andy Ricker, who also placed his Thai eatery in New York a few years ago to much acclaim (and even a Michelin star), always believed that LA's Chinatown was the right place to expand next.
While Ricker isn't Thai by birth, the seasoned chef travels there very regularly and has been for decades, picking up recipes and techniques along the way. Anyone even questioning the authenticity of the place can take a few bites of Chiang Mai sausage or khao soi before realizing that this might very well be one of the best places for Thai food in the country. Chinatown's expansive location has a whimsical, casual decor that makes it deal for large groups and day drinking.
Hours run Wednesday to Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to midnight, with a limited menu between 2:30 and 5:30 p.m. Don't worry, Ricker's signature fish sauce wings are available all day. Also remember, you can make reservations via Tock, and they'll be incorporating a hybrid service charge model. See the full menus below, and bask in this glorious new addition to Chinatown.
Pok Pok LA
978 N. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90012