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Jul 13, 2010 01:13 PM

Vietnamese or Thai near Miracle Mile? Is Paddy Rice any good?

A work colleague offered to take me out to lunch. The conditions are that it must be Thai or Vietnamese within driving distance of Miracle Mile, and she's a vegetarian.

My gut reaction was to 86 the Vietnamese and head to Thai Town for some pad see ew at Sanamluang. However, Thai Town may be a bit too far. When I told her that there's really not any great Vietnamese food in the area, she said "I'll settle for just good Vietnamese food." Don't know if that exists either.

Anyone been to Paddy Rice on Melrose? Absolutely Phobulous? Thai Town is sounding better and better.

Mr Taster

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  1. Is 9021Pho close enough, Taster? I think it is the best Viet option close to Miracle Mile. AbPho is not horrific. Both have vegetarian options
    You can avoid some of the Thaitown distance by choosing Spicy BBQ Restaurant on Santa Monica BLVD. It has one of my favorite vegetarian dishes in town, náam phrík nùm : Northern Thai-style green chile dip. It is great but HOT!

    Have not tried Paddy Rice yet.

    490 N Beverly Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

    1. Thai Town is definitely a hike in mid-day traffic. I haven't tried (or seen) Paddy Rice, either. If you end up there, please report?

      Absolutely Phobulous is fine and will certainly please a vegetarian. Much bigger menu than the one on Paddy Rice's site. AbPho is a straight shot up San Vicente/La Cienega from Miracle Mile.

      If you need Thai right in Miracle Mile, Tawanna at Wilshire and Crescent heights is passable (just) and is at least a pleasant space. Far better is Joom Bangkok on Beverly. Bob is right that Spicy BBQ is better, but in my experience Santa Monica Blvd/Normandie can be just as miserable to get to as the rest of Thai Town mid-day.

      Spicy BBQ
      5101 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029

      Tawanna Thai
      6236 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

      7825 Beverly Blvd Ste 2, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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      1. re: neobite

        I recommend Joom! It's way better than the passable Tawanna thai for sure. Plus, they are really nice at Joom, it's run by a brother and sister. They do have plenty of vegetarian items including orange tofu! it's all very good. AbPho is OK for vegetarian. last time i had it everything was fresh. Further past Joom up Fairfax to Santa Monica Blvd is Kung Pao Bistro and they can make anything on their menu vegetarian. I used to really like it, but haven't been in years.

        Kung Pao Bistro
        7853 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046

        7825 Beverly Blvd Ste 2, Los Angeles, CA 90036

      2. Can't speak to the other spots mentioned but our go-to spot when we lived in the area was Bulan Thai, it's fully vegetarian but good enough for a carnivore like me.

        Name changed from Busaba but address is correct

        Busaba Thai Vegetarian Kitchen
        7168 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

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        1. re: Discokill

          I second recommendation for Bulan Thai on Melrose.
          Also, there's always Chan Dara on Larchmont, but I haven't eaten there in years so I can't vouch for the food.

          Chan Dara Restaurant
          310 N Larchmont Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90004

          1. re: yinyangdi

            Chan Dara is no good. Bulan/Busaba is awesome! forgot about that place. my favorite is the green curry.

            Chan Dara Restaurant
            310 N Larchmont Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90004