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When is Jitlada the *least* busy?

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buttermarblepopcorn Sep 11, 2008 05:46 PM

Hello friends,

I am convinced I must pay a visit to Jitlada after drooling over the super-detailed descriptions of everyone else's meals there.

I want to take my mom there, and our schedules are currently completely and totally wide-open. We can go on any day, at any hour.

But we live in the South Bay, and what I desperately want is a logistically smooth experience -- that is, keeping the driving traffic to as much a minimum as possible, not having trouble finding parking once we arrive, and not worrying about showing up after all this hassle to find that it's packed with people.

So aside from the obvious avoidance of rush-hour freeway traffic times (i.e., 4-8 p.m. on weekdays and often 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturdays), which rule out weekday dinners and Saturday lunches, what I'd like to hear from people who've been there is when the restaurant itself has the fewest customers.

I realize I can also just call in and make a reservation, but I would prefer to know beforehand when their general non-busy hours may be (if they even have any). My big fantasy is to be able to stroll in there after a long, sweaty drive and find hardly anybody inside. Is that just impossible these days because of Jitlada's popularity?

Thank you so much!

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    slacker Sep 11, 2008 05:58 PM

    I think you can stroll in there anytime and get a table right away--UNLESS: 1. A big group of Chowhounders or SCARFers decided to visit that day; 2. A big group of Meetup people decided to visit that day; 3. A big group of Yelpers decided to visit that day.

    1. Chowpatty Sep 11, 2008 05:59 PM

      It's really not ever very busy. Maybe a little busy at 7 or 8 on a Saturday night, but not that much. There shouldn't be any trouble finding parking either, you might not find a space right in the lot but that stretch of Sunset usually has plenty of street parking.
      Come on, it's not that hard to go to Hollywood for dinner :)

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        tastycakes Sep 11, 2008 06:01 PM

        we went on a saturday afternoon and there were only 2 other tables.

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          mandelabra Sep 11, 2008 06:03 PM

          hmm.... the least busy times I've been there have been early weeknight dinners, but perhaps an early Sunday dinner might work?? And if you don't feel like going home yet after dinner because it's too early or you're killing time to avoid traffic, try going to the Thai dessert shop, Bhan Kanom Thai, for a really fun and unique experience. Get the little sphere-shaped coconut cakes that are made behind the counter or the little sugar egg pancakes that are folded up and look like a tiny taco. This coupled with dinner at Jitlada -- heaven!

          -----
          Bhan Kanom Thai
          5271 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

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            sel Sep 11, 2008 09:58 PM

            Excellent suggestion, my raging sweet tooth loves Bhan Kanom Thai, everybody support them so they don't dissapear like the N. Hollywood store!

          2. Local Sep 11, 2008 06:17 PM

            was there a few weeks ago on Saturday night, arrived around 5:30 p.m...no reservation...just in the neighborhood, a last-minute decision to eat before a concert...there were 3 or 4 other tables occupied, all in the side room. when we left maybe an hour or so later, the side room had about the same #, front room had maybe 3 tables occupied. food great, service attentive but not rushed or intrusive. (when i was there a year ago, we were glad we'd made a reservation...was packed at 7 p.m. on Sat. night).

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              hungrygirl106 Sep 11, 2008 07:54 PM

              I have never, ever had to wait for a table at Jitlada. I don't see this being a problem.

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                Bjartmarr Sep 11, 2008 08:03 PM

                I was there yesterday (Wednesday) at around 7:00. There were plenty of free tables in the "back" room, and nobody in the front room. I know you want to avoid traffic, but maybe you could come up earlier and make a day of it?

                You could also take the Blue line or, even better, one of the freeway buses up, then transfer to the Red line for a traffic-free experience. Jitlada's only about half a mile from the Hollywood/Western stop.

                (I finally got them to make me a curry "Thai style" yesterday. It was indescribably wonderful. And really hot. But wonderful.)

                1. ipsedixit Sep 11, 2008 10:09 PM

                  Non-issue. Have never had to wait. Ever.

                  Just go. Whenever.

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                    buttermarblepopcorn Sep 12, 2008 01:34 PM

                    Hi guys,

                    Thank you so much for all your input!! And to Mandelabra (love the name), thank you also for the dessert shop recommendation -- I had actually considered asking about a nearby dessert place, so you perfectly anticipated my need!

                    I love Chowhound and I love you Chowhounders. You're all so awesome.

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