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Sticky Rice Restaurateur Just Opened a Soulful Thai Restaurant Hidden in Altadena

Plus, restaurant industry insiders share their favorite dining haunts, Tony Hawk hawks some doughnuts, and more

Miya is located at 2470 Lake Avenue in Altadena.
Miya is located at 2470 Lake Avenue in Altadena.
Cathy Chaplin
Cathy Chaplin is a senior editor at Eater LA, a James Beard Award–nominated journalist, and the author of Food Lovers’ Guide to Los Angeles.

David Tewasart, the restaurateur behind three Sticky Rice locations (Highland Park, Echo Park, and Grand Central Market in Downtown) and Moon Rabbit inside Grand Central Market, quietly opened a Thai restaurant called Miya at 2470 Lake Avenue in Altadena on Friday, January 20. The restaurant, named after Tewasart’s daughter, is only taking walk-up orders for now with the takeout menu posted on the restaurant’s front door. Plans to open the dining room and to build out a back patio and sidewalk seating are in the works.

Whereas Sticky Rice serves Thai street food, Miya's menu is dedicated to homestyle cooking, says Tewasart. The menu includes a spicy and aromatic tom yum soup with shrimp, a sweet and savory basil eggplant stir-fry, and pad thai topped with dried shrimp and pork cracklings. The restaurant will be serving beer and wine once its license comes through. Miya is open Wednesday through Sunday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The menu at Miya in Altadena.
The menu at Miya in Altadena.
Cathy Chaplin

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Dishes and Korean beer from Dan Sung Sa against a wooden table.
Dishes and Korean beer from Dan Sung Sa.
Wonho Frank Lee


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