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Sticky Rice’s Empire of Pad Thai Invades Echo Park Today

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The Sunset Boulevard location is now live

Sticky Rice Echo Park
Sticky Rice in Echo Park
Farley Elliott
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Casual Thai street food hit Sticky Rice has officially expanded to Echo Park, taking over the Xoia space right along Sunset Boulevard. The first day of service is today.

Sticky Rice is the work of longtime restaurateur Dave Tewasart and his aptly-named Sticky Rice restaurant group. Through that venture, Tewasart also owns and operates such popular names as So Long Hi in Downtown, Hainan chicken spot Side Chick at the Westfield Santa Anita, and izakaya-style option RBTA in Highland Park. That’s to say nothing of the original Sticky Rice locations inside Grand Central Market (there are now two), which helped in the early days to bring about the massive change that GCM now enjoys.

For this newest Sticky Rice, Tewasart is working with Bryan Sharafkhah-Sharp of White Guy Pad Thai to bring the casual street food menu to life. The whole thing feels more in line with So Long Hi than the truncated menu at Sticky Rice in Downtown, with a four-page menu filled with curries, stir-fried specialities, and classics like grilled Thai sausage and papaya salad. There’s craft beer and wine here too, along with a small collection of sakes.

As for the space, expect lots of dark woods spread across two small dining rooms, one up front and another, even more casual bartop room in the back. There’s a patio up front, and photos of Thailand on the wall amid all the greenery.

Sticky Rice Echo Park has been given its proper blessings by the monks of Wat Thai, and opens today. Expect hours from noon to midnight, with a grand opening planned for next Friday.

Sticky Rice Echo Park
1801 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA