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Hi everyone,

I've fairly new to this area but I'm having a problem finding good Thai food in Orange County. Every place seems to have the same standard items on the menu and the flavor just doesn't match what I eat while visiting the country of Thailand. Anyone have a good recommendation for an authentic tasting place or a really good hole in the wall. I haven't tried northern O.C. yet so maybe all the good places are hiding up there?

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  1. I think all O.C. (and some L.A. Chowhounds) are unanimous on this:

    THAI NAKORN is the Best Thai Restaurant in O.C.

    Thai Nakorn
    11951 Beach Blvd
    Stanton, CA 90680
    (714) 799-2031

    http://elmomonster.blogspot.com

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    1. re: elmomonster

      Hands down, no arguments brooked. Thai Nakorn is far and away the best. Be aware that many websites will have an address on Garden Grove Blvd. in Garden Grove -- unfortunately that building burned down and they're not moving quickly to rebuild.

      1. re: elmomonster

        x infinity

        Thai Nakorn reply = end of this thread.

        1. re: elmomonster

          Ditto. Nodoutaboutit.

          1. re: elmomonster

            Agreed. Why isn't this thread locked already?

            1. re: elmomonster

              Ditto to the fifth power!

              1. re: elmomonster

                I love to crosscheck and man, was I surprised at some fairly serious gripes (bad service, hair in food, lousy noodles, etc) popping up among the 42 reviews on a competing site beginning with "Y". Now idiosyncracies of ethnic joints tend to spook my old lady more than me, but in light of several complaints, especially about noodle dishes at TN, could you please suggest a few "hard to go wrong" choices (as opposed to worth the risk)? Many thanks for your help.

                1. re: bernardo

                  Look at the menu. On the left side of the first page is the list of house specialities. Skip the fish cake with coconut sauce but all else is worthy. And I've never had a hair in my food, the service is exactly what you would expect from a very busy Thai restaurant where they can seat families of 20 with almost no rearrangement of tables, and I can't think of any time I've ever eaten the noodles there, there's so much other good stuff.

                  1. re: bernardo

                    i eat the pad thai everytime i go there, and without a doubt it's the best pad thai in SoCal

                2. Agreed Thai Nakorn... That said, and if you're not in Stanton, I like Thai This in Dana Point

                  1. Thai Nakorn....best thai food around! Listed below are the items i always order.
                    Fried Pompano Fish w/Mango Salsa
                    Beef Salad
                    Spicy Clams w/Basil Leaves
                    Beef Panang
                    Pad Thai
                    Crying Tiger (my favorite! It's charcoal grilled bbq ribeye...yummy)

                    1. You might also try Thai Bite at 26921 Aliso Creek Rd, Aliso Viejo, CA. Very good Thai food and they recently expanded. In the shopping center near Aliso Creek Road.

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                      1. re: EclecticEater

                        I have to agree. maybe Thai Bite's newly expanded dining room has also made their food taste better than when they were pretty much just for take out... its good. Thai Paradise in San Clemente (off Estrella) is also quite good.

                      2. Bangkok Taste
                        (714) 532-2216
                        2737 N Grand Ave
                        Santa Ana, CA 92705

                        Have the "green mussel omelet"

                        1. Okay, so everyone was right on the dot. Thai Nakorn was awesome.

                          I found another pretty decent place so I thought I would share with everyone. I've tried so many other places in the past couple months and this spot definitely got a top rating. Its a very small restaurant but the food is still cooked by some little old grandma in the back so you know its going to be good.

                          Bangkok Corner
                          2360 Newport Blvd # B
                          Costa Mesa, CA 92627