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A Handy Guide to Dining in Thai Town

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2008_10_hasmapsthaitownmap.jpgLos Angeles is blessed to have some of the best ethnic eating in the country, and our enclave of Thai cuisine and people just east of Hollywood is one of many feathers in the city's cap. The range of cooking goes all across the Southeast Asian country, from North to South, from spicy and piquant to soulful and comforting. Commemorating the first annual Thai Food Festival on September 29, Eater has compiled a handy list of restaurants and eateries in Thai Town.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Jitlada Thai Restaurant

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5233 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 667-9809
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Still the reining queen of Thai cuisine in Los Angeles, Jazz Singsanong and brother Tui Sungkamee have maintained the quality of this Thai Town gem, specializing in some of the best Southern Thai food anywhere. Sure, some detractors have complained of rising prices, but finding this level of cooking in L.A. is surely worth the premium. Order the green curry, fried morning glory salad, crying tiger, or pretty much anything on that Southern Thai menu. Just be ready for the ridiculous level of spice.

2. Sapp Coffee Shop

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5183 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 665-1035

Still one of the top boat noodles in town, this casual eatery boasts fantastic, inexpensive dishes that don't hold back in flavor, especially the jade noodle tossed with chunks of duck and crab. Nearly everything on the menu here is impressive, even the beef fried rice. Cash only.

3. Pa-Ord Noodle

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5301 Sunset Blvd Ste 8
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 461-3945

Though it's recently split off into a second location closer to Hollywood, this expanded original (with more tables) still makes some of the best noodles and traditional Thai plates in L.A. The boat noodles are arguably at the top while the stir-fried pork belly with Chinese broccoli is a revelation. Even the pad thai is no throw-away.

4. Ruen Pair Thai Restaurant

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5257 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 466-0153
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This Chinese-Thai fusion is more than authentic, despite some of the more unfamiliar dishes on the menu. The salty egg turnip is worth a try, as is the stewed pork leg over rice. The raw crab papaya salad is refreshing, and the pad prik king with either chicken or pork has layers of flavor. Cash only, open late.

5. Krua Siri

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5103 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 660-6196

The Northern Thai special menu at Krua Siri is impressive, and available late into the night. Think super-spicy duck laab or fermented sausage. Or maybe delve into the terrific green payapa salad, even if it's 2 in the morning.[Photo: Midtown Lunch]

6. Rodded Restaurant

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5623 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 962-8382

Known for a delicious duck noodle soup, Rodded has been a Thai Town mainstay for years. There's terrific Chinese-style dishes like stir-fry ham hock, wonton dumplings, maybe even a little duck pad thai.

7. Spicy BBQ Restaurant

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5101 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90029
(323) 663-4211

This classic Northern Thai table is diminutive, but the big flavors on the table more than make up. There's one of the best khao sois in town, which is the signature dish of the region. The spicy ground pork larb and sausage slices should fill your need for pork. Cash only.

8. Bhan Kanom Thai

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5271 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 871-8030
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This Thai dessert shop is a wonderland for sweets lovers. The main draw is the freshly made paanchi, which are small purple corn-and-taro cookies, but the coconut-based khanom kork, delectable little cups of ooey-gooey deliciousness, are also worth trying if they're available. Mango sticky rice is also great here.

9. Darabar Secret Thai Cuisine

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5112 Hollywood Blvd, Ste 108
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 668-2717

This late-night lounge has some of the cheapest booze in town, with whole bottles of Johnnie Walker as one example. But the drinking food might hold up as some of the best in town, with very good papaya salads, boat noodles, satay, and curries. Don't mind the scene though, just sit back, order a bunch of plates, and maybe a bottle of Scotch, and relax.

10. Siam Sunset

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5265 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027

A solid place to get Thai breakfast at near impossibly cheap prices, like rice porridge with a slew of condiments to with chunks of pork. There's hainan chicken and tofu custard with ginger syrup, as well as crusty

11. Ganda Restaurant

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5269 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 466-4281

This steam-table restaurant in the most popular Thai strip mall in this part of town does a few things well, like fried catfish, pad thai, curries, and duck noodle soup. The prices are low and the service is casual making it one of the best regular places to hit for a quick meal.

12. Pailin Thai Cuisine

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5621 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 467-6775

A small family-run restaurant with a little bit of everything, Pailin has great crab fried rice, duck curry, shrimp hot pot, deep fried fish and spicy beef salad. Maybe not the most remarkable, but also consistent across the menu, which makes it good for picky eaters who might not want something too adventurous.

13. Sanamluang Café

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5176 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 660-8006

This late-night hang has some very good boat noodles and other Thai favorites in pretty large portions that will go great after a night of drinking. Chinese broccoli with beef or crispy pork with a fried egg will surely prevent any hangover the next morning. Prices are low, though it's cash only.

14. Palms Thai Restaurant

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5900 Hollywood Blvd, Ste B
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 462-5073

The Thai Elvis (and his purported death(s)) are almost as mystical as The King himself, but come for the expansive dining room and extensive menu that will surely have something for anyone. Think all the standard classics: pad see ew, red curry, and green papaya salad.

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1. Jitlada Thai Restaurant

5233 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Still the reining queen of Thai cuisine in Los Angeles, Jazz Singsanong and brother Tui Sungkamee have maintained the quality of this Thai Town gem, specializing in some of the best Southern Thai food anywhere. Sure, some detractors have complained of rising prices, but finding this level of cooking in L.A. is surely worth the premium. Order the green curry, fried morning glory salad, crying tiger, or pretty much anything on that Southern Thai menu. Just be ready for the ridiculous level of spice.

5233 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027

2. Sapp Coffee Shop

5183 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Still one of the top boat noodles in town, this casual eatery boasts fantastic, inexpensive dishes that don't hold back in flavor, especially the jade noodle tossed with chunks of duck and crab. Nearly everything on the menu here is impressive, even the beef fried rice. Cash only.

5183 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027

3. Pa-Ord Noodle

5301 Sunset Blvd Ste 8, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Though it's recently split off into a second location closer to Hollywood, this expanded original (with more tables) still makes some of the best noodles and traditional Thai plates in L.A. The boat noodles are arguably at the top while the stir-fried pork belly with Chinese broccoli is a revelation. Even the pad thai is no throw-away.

5301 Sunset Blvd Ste 8
Los Angeles, CA 90027

4. Ruen Pair Thai Restaurant

5257 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

This Chinese-Thai fusion is more than authentic, despite some of the more unfamiliar dishes on the menu. The salty egg turnip is worth a try, as is the stewed pork leg over rice. The raw crab papaya salad is refreshing, and the pad prik king with either chicken or pork has layers of flavor. Cash only, open late.

5257 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027

5. Krua Siri

5103 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

The Northern Thai special menu at Krua Siri is impressive, and available late into the night. Think super-spicy duck laab or fermented sausage. Or maybe delve into the terrific green payapa salad, even if it's 2 in the morning.[Photo: Midtown Lunch]

5103 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027

6. Rodded Restaurant

5623 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Known for a delicious duck noodle soup, Rodded has been a Thai Town mainstay for years. There's terrific Chinese-style dishes like stir-fry ham hock, wonton dumplings, maybe even a little duck pad thai.

5623 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028

7. Spicy BBQ Restaurant

5101 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029

This classic Northern Thai table is diminutive, but the big flavors on the table more than make up. There's one of the best khao sois in town, which is the signature dish of the region. The spicy ground pork larb and sausage slices should fill your need for pork. Cash only.

5101 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90029

8. Bhan Kanom Thai

5271 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

This Thai dessert shop is a wonderland for sweets lovers. The main draw is the freshly made paanchi, which are small purple corn-and-taro cookies, but the coconut-based khanom kork, delectable little cups of ooey-gooey deliciousness, are also worth trying if they're available. Mango sticky rice is also great here.

5271 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027

9. Darabar Secret Thai Cuisine

5112 Hollywood Blvd, Ste 108, Los Angeles, CA 90027

This late-night lounge has some of the cheapest booze in town, with whole bottles of Johnnie Walker as one example. But the drinking food might hold up as some of the best in town, with very good papaya salads, boat noodles, satay, and curries. Don't mind the scene though, just sit back, order a bunch of plates, and maybe a bottle of Scotch, and relax.

5112 Hollywood Blvd, Ste 108
Los Angeles, CA 90027

10. Siam Sunset

5265 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

A solid place to get Thai breakfast at near impossibly cheap prices, like rice porridge with a slew of condiments to with chunks of pork. There's hainan chicken and tofu custard with ginger syrup, as well as crusty

5265 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027

11. Ganda Restaurant

5269 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

This steam-table restaurant in the most popular Thai strip mall in this part of town does a few things well, like fried catfish, pad thai, curries, and duck noodle soup. The prices are low and the service is casual making it one of the best regular places to hit for a quick meal.

5269 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027

12. Pailin Thai Cuisine

5621 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

A small family-run restaurant with a little bit of everything, Pailin has great crab fried rice, duck curry, shrimp hot pot, deep fried fish and spicy beef salad. Maybe not the most remarkable, but also consistent across the menu, which makes it good for picky eaters who might not want something too adventurous.

5621 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028

13. Sanamluang Café

5176 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

This late-night hang has some very good boat noodles and other Thai favorites in pretty large portions that will go great after a night of drinking. Chinese broccoli with beef or crispy pork with a fried egg will surely prevent any hangover the next morning. Prices are low, though it's cash only.

5176 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027

14. Palms Thai Restaurant

5900 Hollywood Blvd, Ste B, Los Angeles, CA 90028

The Thai Elvis (and his purported death(s)) are almost as mystical as The King himself, but come for the expansive dining room and extensive menu that will surely have something for anyone. Think all the standard classics: pad see ew, red curry, and green papaya salad.

5900 Hollywood Blvd, Ste B
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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