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Feb 14, 2008 11:14 AM

Southern Thai?

Researching an upcoming trip to LA, I find they have southern Thai food. Do we have that here?

A Jonathan Gold piece on one restaurant:

A few of the dishes he describes sound like things I've had at Thai House Express, but most are completely unfamiliar.

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  1. I'd like to know as well... I just had a meal at Jitlada (the one Gold wrote about) and it was spectacular. Easily the best Thai meal I've ever had.

      1. I don't think so. After eating at Jitlada in LA, I came back looking for some. And I haven't found a place up here that will make the food as Thai hot as Jitlada. Jitlada's menu is a mix of the standard Thai stuff (pad thai, basil chicken, etc) and then their interesting dishes. If you don't choose wisely, you'll just end up with standard American-Thai restaurant food.

        On the other hand, I think the Bay Area is better at Northern Thai and Laotian than LA.

        2 Replies
        1. re: sfbing

          I haven't been to Jitlada in LA, but I find it hard to believe that there's a place that could make something spicier than Sai Jai Thai

          Sai Jai Thai Restaurant
          771 Ofarrell St, San Francisco, CA 94109

          1. re: vulber

            A whole different magnitude of heat. But it wasn't just hot--there was this incredible complexity of flavor that came with the heat that I haven't found in any of the Thai places up here. Yet.

        2. Just noticed this is an old thread that's been revived, but we now have Bang San Thai, which I believe features Southern Thai cuisine.

          Bang San Thai Cuisine (Second Location
          )791 Ofarrell St, San Francisco, CA 94109

          6 Replies
          1. re: soupçon

            I don't see any southern Thai dishes on Bang San's menu. Seems like a pretty standard Thai menu except for being halal and vegan-friendly.

            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              Please define Southern Thai food for us. What do you consider Southern Thai dishes?

              1. re: soupçon

                Just for purposes of contributing to the discussion, here is the Jonathan Gold review (think the OP's link is broken):


                And here's the original BB post that brought the Southern Thai menu to fame, which offers one view of what defines Southern Thai:


              2. re: Robert Lauriston

                Jitlada being the only self-defined Southern Thai restaurant I've been to, it's hard for me to say definitively, but I see a few dishes under "Curries" and "From the Grill" that seem familiar from Jitlada's menu. #54, the grilled salmon, sounds like the dish I had last night (but much cheaper).

                1. re: mr_darcy

                  Jitlada has a whole menu of standard Thai dishes that's longer than the southern specialties list.

                  1. re: Robert Lauriston

                    Yea, I meant familiar from their Southern specialties section.