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saticoy May 30, 2010 09:29 AM

My husband read James Oseland's write-up in the LA Saveur, and has his heart set on going when we visit next month. I'm turning to my trusted Chowhounds to give me their opinions! We have such a short time, and I have such a long list....is this worth knocking Anticucheria Danessi, Langer's, Mozza, and/or Moles la Tia of the list? Thanks for any input!

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Anticucheria Danessi
14531 S Pioneer Bl, Norwalk, CA 90650

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    saticoy Jun 4, 2010 09:49 AM

    Just bumping this up to see if if any one has words of wisdom....looks like it coming down to letting go of Anticucheria Danessi or Moles la Tia ...... help! I need confidence that there is something at Ganda that will make me not regret missing lomo saltado/grilled beef hearts or quail in mole negro!!!

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    Anticucheria Danessi
    14531 S Pioneer Bl, Norwalk, CA 90650

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      neobite Jun 4, 2010 07:16 PM

      I'll bump again in hopes you get a better answer. Haven't personally been to Ganda in 1+ years, but wouldn't replace anything on your list with it. I can't speak to its being the most authentic Thai in the U.S. - sounds like one of those grand Saveur overstatements to me - but I doubt most on this board would put it in their top 5 Thai for LA. For me, its downfall is that steam table and the lack of freshness in those dishes. Still, might be something I'm missing.

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        saticoy Jun 4, 2010 08:18 PM

        Thank you neobite! I have heard/read rhapsodies about a shredded fried catfish dish... what I'm getting from you is that the restaurant probably can be very good, but not destination worthy with only 3.5 days, a 5 year old, Disneyland, and the rest of my list to prioritize????

        At least, that is what I am going to try and make my husband believe....and make sure he has enough mole and tacos to sooth his ruffled palate!

        Thanks again for responding!

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          neobite Jun 4, 2010 08:41 PM

          You have to understand how hard it is for me to turn you away from Thai in Los Angeles - it's one of the several ethnic cuisines I think is done better here than anywhere else in the country. I've heard great things about Danessi, and Moles la Tia is wonderful. So, no, I wouldn't bump anything on your list for Ganda - I'd much sooner steer you to my personal favorites Ruen Pair or Jitlada - BUT if you're in the market for great Thai AND you're heading to D-Land, you could do worse than making a quick stop at the much-loved Renu Nakorn in nearby Norwalk. Their catfish is pretty divine.

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          Jitlada
          5233 1/2 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

          Ruen Pair Restaurant
          5257 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

          Renu Nakorn Restaurant
          13019 Rosecrans Ave, Norwalk, CA 90650

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            saticoy Jun 5, 2010 04:09 PM

            Many thanks, neobite. I will keep your Thai recs in mind - especially for a late-night post-disney meal....I appreciate the guidance, and will report back!

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