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Secret and/or Best Thai Restaurants

I'm looking for LA's best Thai food. I've read and appreciate Jonathan Gold's reviews, but I want to get to the next level of Thai dining. Is the best Thai food in Thai town? If so, what is it and where? I've heard of secret thai dining spots? any ideas where?

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  1. I haven't found a place yet in LA, but Thai Nakorn is still my benchmark.

    1. Jitlada is probably the best restaurant in Thai Town at the moment, if you haven't tried the southern Thai menu, that will definitely be another level of Thai food for you.
      Otherwise North Hollywood tends to be better than Thai Town at the moment -- check out Swan Thai, Krua Thai and Sri Siam.
      If you want Northern Thai, there are some good dishes at Spicy BBQ on Santa Monica and Normandie -- that's about as close to secret as anyplace gets, since not much is a secret from the hounds for long.
      As the other poster mentioned, Thai Nakorn and Renu Nakorn in the South Bay are also great -- can't remember the status of Renu Nakorn right now though, whether they're open or about to open.

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      1. re: Chowpatty

        CP-

        Can you make a comparison between Jitlada and Thai Nakorn?

        1. re: ns1

          I haven't been to Thai Nakorn but I believe the menu is similar to Renu Nakorn. Jitlada specializes in southern style Thai food, as far as I know it is the only Thai restaurant in L.A. (or in the U.S.?) to have such an extensive southern menu, so they will have dishes you won't encounter elsewhere.

      2. Renu Nakorn in Norwalk is the BEST Thai food in So Cal.

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        1. re: breakfastofchampions

          Maybe, but they have been closed for a long time!

          1. http://www.latimes.com/features/print...

            Good listing of some of the best Thai places in LA listed here by Linda Burum of the LA Times. As noted in this thread, Renu Nakorn is still not up and running again yet. We have had some very good Thai food at Top Thai (talked about in this story) in Reseda (especially their northern specialties). You also should look at some of the places in North Hollywood out on Sherman Way like Krua Thai and some of the other places such as Amazing Thai Cuisine at 10604 Magnolia Blvd. (818 766 5433)