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North Hollywood - Sat. Night Thai Options

jeffro Mar 21, 2007 11:28 AM

Going to see a play against my will. Therefore, must celebrate the ending of the play with Thai food and multiple beers. Probably will get out around 10:00, whats good and open?

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    sel RE: jeffro Mar 21, 2007 12:02 PM

    I'm sure that there are other places open late but Krua Thai and Sanamluang are open way past midnight:

    Krua Thai
    13130 Sherman Way
    North Hollywood, CA
    818 759 7998
    11AM to 330AM

    Sanamluang Cafe
    12980 Sherman Way
    North Hollywood, CA 91605
    818 764 1180

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    1. re: sel
      sanangel RE: sel Mar 21, 2007 12:57 PM

      I whole-heartedly 2nd the Krua Thai recommendation - a true NoHo gem. Get the Pad Thai.

      1. re: sanangel
        Das Ubergeek RE: sanangel Mar 21, 2007 01:10 PM

        More specifically, get the house special pad Thai, not the regular stuff.

        Krua, Swan and Sanamluang are open late. I believe Sanamluang is the one that has the special late-night menu. All are open until 3 or 4 AM.

        1. re: Das Ubergeek
          sel RE: Das Ubergeek Mar 21, 2007 01:42 PM

          AKA Pad Thai Krua Thai. It is much more flavorful than the "...regular stuff." It is almost always good and sometimes a great, transcendent dish! I always ask for it very spicy/Thai hot in English and my feeble Thai. The other night the cook dumped in too much crushed dried red pepper/chili and very little tamarind/lime juice so it was not as good as usual. My point is that this dish at this restaurant seems to vary a lot.

          Another point that I'd like to make is that Krua Thai has many really good dishes on their menu. J. Gold wrote about the Pad Thai Krua Thai and you would think that it was their only good dish! I like the Angel Wings, Papaya Salads with Salted and/or Raw Blue Crab, Pad Kee Mao, 4-Flavor Fish (really yummy!) and several Rice Dishes with whatever sounds good (like the Pork Hock) on top. While I still order the namesake noodles, I've been very happy since I branched out with my choices!

          1. re: sel
            Jwsel RE: sel Mar 21, 2007 01:51 PM

            I agree. The 4-Flavor Fish is fantastic. The dry noodles with duck are great also. For pure fried indulgence, the shrimp cakes are crispy and full of shrimp flavor. I'm not a fan of raw blue crab, so I don't get the papaya salad, but the one time i tried it, the sauce was unbelievable. It was probably the spiciest dish I've ever had -- and the flavor was out of this world. I may have to try it with the salted blue crab. Mainly, I get the duck salad which is big chunks of duck meat, cashews, cilantro, and onions in a mouth-watering sauce.

            1. re: Jwsel
              sel RE: Jwsel Mar 21, 2007 04:10 PM

              I've added dry noodles with duck, shrimp cakes and the duck salad to my 'to try' list, thanks!

              Just a note that the 2nd spiciest Thai dish that I've ever had was Som Tum with Blue Crab at the Wat Thai L.A. when ordered very spicy/hot. The hottest Thai dish that I've ever had in a restaurant was a Country Curry at Bua Siam. The waiter warned me not to order it because of it's heat and the warning was justified! The 2 young waiters watched me eat it, laughing at my effort! I loved it but that curry is for true 'chili heads' only! The only hotter Thai food that I've had is the stuff I prepare at home when I get carried away with the bird chilis but that is a subject for a different board!

            2. re: sel
              Das Ubergeek RE: sel Mar 21, 2007 02:33 PM

              Man, they're my go-to for som tum (papaya salad, though I don't care for their raw blue crab -- their dried shrimp version is better) when the Wat Thai isn't "in operation".

              There's some dish I've forgotten the name of that's pretty much stirfried radish cakes. I don't know why, but I crave it. I'll have to check out the West Covina branch of Krua when I have a chance to drive up to the 909.

              Don't discount their soups -- the tom yum is wonderful but the tom kha can be transcendent.

              1. re: Das Ubergeek
                sel RE: Das Ubergeek Mar 21, 2007 04:16 PM

                I too prefer Som Tum at Wat Thai L.A. (or making it at home). I'll add the 'stir-fried radish cakes' to my 'to try' list if I can find them on the menu. Kinda wierd I know but I haven't tried any of the soups at Krua - guess those will go on the list too!

                1. re: sel
                  Das Ubergeek RE: sel Mar 21, 2007 06:53 PM

                  They're under appetizers.

                2. re: Das Ubergeek
                  Jwsel RE: Das Ubergeek Mar 21, 2007 04:42 PM

                  I totally forgot about the soups. The seafood soup is amazing. It's my go to soup when I get sick.

                  1. re: Jwsel
                    WildSwede RE: Jwsel Apr 16, 2007 08:55 AM

                    I had their Boat Noodle Soup yesterday (with only the beef and beefballs) and it was deeply flavorful and very, very good. I also ordered the Pad Kee Mao with chicken and found it unbelievably boring. I asked for some thai chilis in fish sauce (this is the third place that states something to the effect of "You know how to eat Thai food" when I ask for this) and dumped it on top. That made it much better! I love the Pad Thai Krua Thai (minus the dried shrimp - once I pulled out as many as I could and I swear that there were around 100 of those little buggers in there!). It is delicious and the service is always good.

        2. SauceSupreme RE: jeffro Mar 21, 2007 12:32 PM

          Ruen Pair is open until 4am also.

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          1. re: SauceSupreme
            sel RE: SauceSupreme Mar 21, 2007 12:54 PM

            But not in North Hollywood.

            1. re: sel
              SauceSupreme RE: sel Mar 21, 2007 01:43 PM

              Oops, you're right. Saw Hollywood in the OP, read Sanamluang in a response, thought Thai Town, and got faked out. Mea culpa.

          2. Bob Brooks RE: jeffro Mar 21, 2007 07:43 PM

            I haven't tried all of those listed above but, among those I have I certainly agree with the posters. One caveat, however, I doubt most of them serve beer. Suggest you call first to the one you choose.

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            1. re: Bob Brooks
              Das Ubergeek RE: Bob Brooks Mar 22, 2007 10:59 AM

              Krua absolutely serves beer -- I've seen it in the front display case. Usually Tiger and Singha.

              1. re: Das Ubergeek
                sel RE: Das Ubergeek Mar 22, 2007 11:05 AM

                I thought that I had seen Thai beers at Krua but didn't post because I wasn't 100% sure. I have a hard time ordering anything other than their wonderful Coconut Smoothie (wish I had the recipe!), one of my lads likes the Vanilla Smoothie!

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