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need recommendations for Thai Town in Hollywood

Coming from out of town looking for something outstanding in Thai Town. Probably a late lunch on a saturday and maybe a real late dinner then breakfast next morning. Would appreciate pros and cons of your favorites. Jitlada sounds interesting but I heard they take forever. Ruen Pair also sounds good. Sapps for breakfast? Any places you think are much better than these? Any really good ones that take credit cards? Thanks a lot for any replies.

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  1. hoy ka noodle is my current go-to. doesn't take card though.

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/861564

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    1. re: ns1

      I second Hoy Ka... they have really good crispy pork with the basil and green beans.

    2. Jitlada and Ruen Pair take cards. Yai and Sanamluang don't.

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      1. re: mc michael

        Ruen Pair does not take cards. But, has an ATM.

        1. re: jdwdeville

          I stand corrected. At least they have beer and wine now.

          1. re: mc michael

            and thank god, because that papaya salad "Thai spicy" is incendiary.

        2. re: mc michael

          The branch of Yai on Vermont does take credit cards.

        3. I think Jitlada is okay-to-good, but the menu is rather way too large to navigate and they are not my favorite. And they do take about 5 minutes under forever to get food on the table if they are anywhere near full.
          Ruen Pair is a favorite of mine for the papaya salad and pork jerky. They have a killer pork offal soup dish, too.
          Sapp is amazing, too.
          Also, Crispy Pork Gang is excellent for grilled squid and, well, crispy pork.
          And Pailin for their specials board...
          Also Krua Siri for the Isan sausage, sour soup, and larb salads.

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          1. re: jdwdeville

            a few downhill reports for CPG lately on CH.

            1. re: ns1

              Downhill reports for CPG? Huh?, I missed those. To me, the quality is the same, they've simply changed the menu slightly, dropping some dishes and adding more noodle dishes.

            2. re: jdwdeville

              I don't understand how anyone not on bicycle can even go to Pailin -- the parking situation is horrific.

            3. literally hundreds of responses to this post can be found... here:
              http://www.chow.com/search?query=thai...

              1. Not to oversimplify things, but most thai restaurants generally specialize in one of three areas: Northern/Issan, noodles/soups, or southern.

                For southen thai, jitlada has that on lockdown. I always get takeout to avoid the slow service. Their portions aren't big but I've never heard anyone say the food wasn't bad.

                For Issan, there are a lot of good options. In Thaitown, I like Ruen Pair but IMO the best Isaan is in NoHo, at Sri Siam.

                My pick for soups is Rodded.

                Rodded or jitlada would be good for lunch because of their hours. Ruen pair for very late dinner, they're open til 330am. That leaves breakfast...

                only one option for thai breakfast IMO. Siam Sunset. Pa tong ko (chinese donut) and porridge, or hainan chicken.

                damnit, I miss thaitown

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                1. re: BrewNChow

                  Clarification: Only Jitlada (and a portion of Lum Ka Naad's menu) specializes in Southern Thai.

                  "Most" Thai restaurants don't specialize in Northern / Issan. Most Thai restaurants in LA are just Bangkok Thai, which is to say, generic Thai menus with selective Issan dishes, and if very lucky, a few Northern noodles tossed in.

                  Another place for Thai breakfast is Hoy Ka in Monterey Park. You won't get soy milk or youtiao, but you will find gai krata.

                    1. re: ns1

                      Duck noodles. I'm crazy about duck.

                      Re Tony, I know, I oversimplified, thanks for the clarifications.

                      1. re: BrewNChow

                        Well, to anyone reading this, whatever you do don't get the tom yum noodle soup at rodded.

                    2. re: BrewNChow

                      How is their hainan chicken compared to Savoy?

                      1. re: TailbackU

                        If we're talking about Siam sunset, it's good, but it's just different from Savoy: http://sinosoul.com/wp-content/upload...

                        Different rice, scarcity of sauce options, "wrong" sauce. I find most khao man gai in Thai town to carry very insipid rice when compared to the schmaltzy Savoy rice.

                        The Vietnamese com ga hai nams seems to creep towards the Savoy benchmark closer than any other version in LA. Nha Trang's $6 plate is cheap and tasty, but they still don't do the tricolore sauces.

                        1. re: TonyC

                          I thought we were talking about Rodded's hainan chicken

                          1. re: ns1

                            *confused* cuz BnC wrote: "only one option for thai breakfast IMO. Siam Sunset. Pa tong ko (chinese donut) and porridge, or hainan chicken."

                            But we can also talk about Rodded's hainam chicken: http://sinosoul.com/wp-content/upload...

                            $7, 10 thin slices of tender/bland breast meat. The sauce is molasses sweet, tons of minced ginger and garlic. If you're looking for Singapore style sauces, this will freak you out. But it's a very good sauce. The rice and chicken? Prosaic.

                            Did a head-to-head comparison between the 2 in 09, google "rodded siam sunset hainan chicken" and it'll come up.

                            1. re: TonyC

                              Oh I see, can't tell how these replies are supposed to roll up =X This is how I read it.

                              //What do you get at rodded?
                              //Duck noodles. I'm crazy about duck.
                              //How is their hainan chicken compared to Savoy?

                              BTW I had to look up "Prosaic" - I feel slightly more edumacated now.
                              commonplace or dull; matter-of-fact or unimaginative: a prosaic mind.

                              1. re: TonyC

                                yeah I was asking about the hainan chicken at Siam Sunset.

                            2. re: TonyC

                              Is there anywhere in LA that serves hainan chicken similar to Savoy? I only make it out to SGV 2-4 times a year.

                              1. re: TonyC

                                Just clicked on your picture. It doesn't seem to have the ginger sauce. can you ask for that or is that something they don't serve?

                                1. re: TailbackU

                                  Didn't ask. Neither Rodded / Siam Sunset nor Jitlada ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/24552735... ) does the ginger/scallion /salt dip.

                                  Jitlada actually has a very decent Hainan chicken rice, though I can't remember the price.

                          2. Thanks for all the great posts everyone. I guess right now I am leaning toward Jitlada for lunch but I am worried about a really long wait. Probably Ruen Pair latre night after concert. Then maybe Sapps sunday am for breakfast.

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                            1. re: greybanded

                              Save room and hit both Ruen Pair and Crispy Pork Gang (literally next door). Crispy Pork Gang is open 24 hours. I still can't find any "downhill" reports here on CH about CPG.

                              Go by TonyC's recommended dishes at CPG, he'll steer you right.

                              1. re: JThur01

                                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/853177

                                Went to Ruen Pair today...decent enough I guess but I don't "get it". Had curry noodles and the cha po. Good enough but I wasn't ZOMG like Hoy Ka.

                                Guess I have to try these mussels/morning glory/papaya dishes

                                1. re: ns1

                                  Ah, thanks for the link ns1, I hadn't kept up with the Renu Nakorn thread, so I hadn't noticed that it headed to Thai Town. Kind of surprising to hear about CPG. I truly didn't notice any big drop-off in my visits, but the last of those was shortly before both "downhill" reports. All I had noticed were some items being added and dropped from the menu in just a couple of weeks between visits. The quality was fine.

                                2. re: JThur01

                                  I was headed to Ruen Pair a couple months back and decided to give CPG a try for novelty's sake. Did not stack up in any way shape or form to the better Thai Town establishments.

                                  1. re: mrgreenbeenz

                                    CPG is terrible. I think it's incumbent upon some of the most respected contributors here (not naming names!) to come back and report declines in threads in which they've pushed a restaurant. It's only polite.

                                    1. re: echoparkdirt

                                      If you're willing to pay my gas money and/or dining $$$, I'd be glad to :) Also, if I didn't live an hour away and have to move on to the "next thing.", I would as well. There are plenty of folks giving downhill alerts, most notably TonyC (who was first to tout CPG). I covered it above. I didn't experience a drop-off on my last visit to CPG, but as I noted, that came just before the downhill notices. The menu changes concerned me and clearly didn't bode well. Unfortunately, with magazines, there's this little thing called "lead time". Sadly, CPG seems to have gone from worthy to not in that time.

                              2. I'm surprised about the slow service comments about Jitlada. I've never had to wait long for food.

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                                1. re: bg90027

                                  It can be inconsistent, especially on weekend nights.

                                  1. re: mc michael

                                    I've never been for dinner on a weekend. Maybe that explains it. It's been practically empty every time I've been for lunch on a weekend and I've never had slow service on a weekday night.

                                  2. re: bg90027

                                    service issues are a common Jitalda theme.

                                    1. re: ns1

                                      yup, i've never not had to wait a really long time for my food.

                                      1. re: ns1

                                        I've seen a lot of commons about that here. Just saying that I've eaten there at least a couple of times every year for the past five years and have never experienced slow service. I typically go with a few other people and order a bunch of things to share. Some come out quicker, some take more time but I've never had to wait long for the first couple of dishes and there has never been a long time with no food on the table. But I've never gone on a weekend night for dinner so maybe that's the difference.

                                    2. Night & Market is unique street thai food. Really good and different. Full bar and neat vibe. Its in West Hollywood on Sunset.