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greybanded Sep 26, 2012 01:37 PM

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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    Thor123 Sep 27, 2012 11:08 AM

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

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      bg90027 Sep 27, 2012 11:03 AM

      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
        mc michael Sep 27, 2012 11:08 AM

        It can be inconsistent, especially on weekend nights.

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          bg90027 Sep 27, 2012 11:14 AM

          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.

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          ns1 Sep 27, 2012 11:23 AM

          service issues are a common Jitalda theme.

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            TailbackU Sep 27, 2012 11:35 AM

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

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              bg90027 Sep 27, 2012 12:04 PM

              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.

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            greybanded Sep 27, 2012 08:40 AM

            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
              JThur01 Sep 27, 2012 04:08 PM

              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
                ns1 Sep 27, 2012 04:18 PM


                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

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                  JThur01 Sep 27, 2012 05:02 PM

                  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
                  mrgreenbeenz Aug 10, 2013 09:03 AM

                  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.

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                    echoparkdirt Aug 10, 2013 01:25 PM

                    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.

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                      JThur01 Aug 10, 2013 03:20 PM

                      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.

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                BrewNChow Sep 26, 2012 09:08 PM

                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
                  TonyC Sep 26, 2012 09:45 PM

                  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: BrewNChow
                    ns1 Sep 26, 2012 11:38 PM

                    What do you get at rodded?

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                      BrewNChow Sep 27, 2012 12:59 AM

                      Duck noodles. I'm crazy about duck.

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

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                        ns1 Sep 27, 2012 08:36 AM

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

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                      TailbackU Sep 27, 2012 09:29 AM

                      How is their hainan chicken compared to Savoy?

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                        TonyC Sep 27, 2012 10:41 AM

                        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.

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                          ns1 Sep 27, 2012 10:48 AM

                          I thought we were talking about Rodded's hainan chicken

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                            TonyC Sep 27, 2012 11:06 AM

                            *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
                              ns1 Sep 27, 2012 11:18 AM

                              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
                                TailbackU Sep 27, 2012 11:33 AM

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

                            2. re: TonyC
                              TailbackU Sep 27, 2012 10:57 AM

                              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
                                TailbackU Sep 27, 2012 10:58 AM

                                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?

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                                  TonyC Sep 27, 2012 11:21 AM

                                  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. TonyC Sep 26, 2012 07:52 PM

                            literally hundreds of responses to this post can be found... here:

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                              jdwdeville Sep 26, 2012 04:28 PM

                              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
                                ns1 Sep 26, 2012 06:15 PM

                                a few downhill reports for CPG lately on CH.

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                                  JThur01 Sep 26, 2012 07:51 PM

                                  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.

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                                  echoparkdirt Aug 8, 2013 05:17 PM

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

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                                  mc michael Sep 26, 2012 03:51 PM

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

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                                    jdwdeville Sep 26, 2012 04:21 PM

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

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                                      mc michael Sep 26, 2012 04:24 PM

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

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                                        jdwdeville Sep 26, 2012 04:30 PM

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

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                                          mc michael Sep 26, 2012 08:00 PM

                                          Very true!

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                                      Jack Flash Sep 27, 2012 10:39 AM

                                      The branch of Yai on Vermont does take credit cards.

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                                      ns1 Sep 26, 2012 03:50 PM

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


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                                        tissue Aug 10, 2013 11:14 AM

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

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