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Any good Thai food places near Culver City?

mystiksc Sep 25, 2007 11:48 AM

I used to goto this place called Thai Thai BBQ on washington blvd. It was the best thai food place I have ever ate at. It is now Santa Maria BBQ. Does anyone know a comparable spot. I have tried other places in the area including thai thai original bbq on venice, emerald thai, thai dishes, and thai boom. Not nearly as good. Thai boom would be the best I tried so far

Let me know. Thx

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    QualityMart Sep 25, 2007 11:54 PM

    Melanee Thai is excellent. Not quite Culver City but not too far either.

    Melanee Thai
    9562 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035

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      thesarahbird Sep 25, 2007 05:00 PM

      Tuk Tuk is pretty solid; it's on Pico right around Robertson.

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        earl1971 Sep 25, 2007 02:59 PM

        Thai Boom is bad and Natalee Thai is mediocre. I haven't had good Thai food in Culver City. There are some good Indonesian places on National and Motor that are pretty good though

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        1. re: earl1971
          igj Sep 25, 2007 03:56 PM

          OK, I have tried to butt out of the recent Thai Boom discussions because I didn't want to seem like a shrill shill, but "Thai Boom is bad and Natalee Thai is mediocre" got to me. I have not had anything of note from Natalee, so maybe it is mediocre (I would incline towards just too blah to bother with), but Thai Boom is bad??? Bad? Really?

          I ordered delivery from them last night. We had:
          red bean curry with fishballs
          yellow curry fried rice with crab
          fried tofu with thai basil
          som tum

          All of those dishes were pretty excellent, and the rice was especially good. We did ask for extra bai grapao to make the fried tofu dish more flavorful, but otherwise, the high quality is just what Thai Boom serves. The fishballs are firm and tasty, the curry, while not radical, is not a typical one for West LA/Culver City/Santa Monica, the som tum was medium spciy and the papaya was zesty with citrus. Just a good meal.

          I have yet to find any other Westside place north of Ayara worth the effort. So, if you ask me, Thai Boom is about it in the Culver City area. Expand to Westchester and you get Ayara and that about covers the Thai food I am happy eating on the Westside.

          1. re: igj
            WBGuy Sep 25, 2007 04:02 PM

            I know that Thai Boom is the darling of WLA Chowhounders, and because of that I went there a couple of times for lunch, and it really is mediocre. Sorry.

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          Mateo R Sep 25, 2007 12:14 PM

          the most highly touted (on this board) Thai in that area is Thai boom on Venice Blvd.

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          1. re: Mateo R
            byrdeeo Jun 6, 2008 02:58 PM

            Thai Boom is FANTASTIC!!!! Must try the Thai Sausage.

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            Obessed Sep 25, 2007 11:49 AM

            Natalie Thai on Venice is pretty good.

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            1. re: Obessed
              Normal Garciaparra Sep 25, 2007 03:27 PM

              Natalee is to Thai food what Electric Lotus is to Indian.

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