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Recession Obsession: Eating Thai Town
Former Thai Town Mural | Photo by Brandon Holmes / used with permissionLos Angeles is home to about a zillion and a half people. This includes, I hear, the largest Thai population outside of Thailand. Perhaps that's why we have a jillion Thai restaurants. Good thing their food rocks. It's typically cheap too.
That’s why we're going to East Hollywood for the LAist’s latest Recession Obsession: Eating Thai Town.
Thai Town is nothing new to the LAist. In September 2007, our series Thai One On, thoroughly explored the dining options on this half-mile strip of Hollywood Boulevard from Western Avenue to Normandie Avenue. These Southeast Asian meals are cheap then and won't sour your coin purse now. You can find a great meal for about $5-$10/person. Let's revisit some of our favorites --
- Ord Noodle opens daily at 10 a.m. Breakfast noodles, anyone?
- Sanamluang is no secret to LA's nocturnal inebriates. They're open until 3 a.m. nightly.
- Torung is always packed well after dark.
- The Thailand Plaza Restaurant scores high in kitsch points with their free musical entertainment. It's also the best date spot in Thai Town, offering good-enough food and lots of free parking.
- Hollywood Thai stays open late for karaoke.
A Goldmine Mini-Mall
New Hollywood Plaza is located next to Thailand Plaza. It features --
- Ruen Pair offers Thai Town's best food for the best price.
- Bhan Kanom Thai is a bakery which'll uncover a side of your sweet tooth you didn't know existed.
- Red Corner Asia doesn't skimp on portions.
- Thai Patio occupies the former Palm Thai space. Sorry, Thai Elvis has left the building.
- Ganda is reliable too.
Cruise off the highway and hit locally-known spots for some tasty bites.
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