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Recession Obsession: The Other Thai Town's Krua Thai

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The Official Recession has enveloped us for seventeen official months. It’s still no reason we can’t enjoy life. This is LA -- we have a ton of inexpensive options! A Recession Obsession is truly fantastic, whether you've recently been downsized or are about to cash a large commission check. It's not just a "cheap eat." We last obsessed over ginormous Korean Dumplings in K*Town, and via a Taco Crawl in Highland Park. Today, we obsess...

LAist loves Thai Town. The entire neighborhood is a Recession Obsession. And while this half-mile stretch of Hollywood Boulevard features some of the city’s finest Thai meals, it’s missing something. Thai residents. Many of the neighborhood’s restaurateurs, and their families, and friends, call North Hollywood home. In doing so, accidental birth has been given to (the unofficially unincorporated) Thai Town 2.0.

The face of Thai Town 2.0 is the Thai Wat on Coldwater Canyon. The grounds' focal point is the large wat, or temple, whose dynamic architecture snaps unsuspecting motorists' necks into double-take. (Unfortunately they no longer have weekend food fairs.) Blocks from the Wat, on Sherman Way, a stretch of Thai restaurants mingle with an impressive mix of Central American and Mexican joints.

The anchor of one of the area’s many strip malls is Krua Thai. Its recession-friendly prices were considered cheap prior to today's tough and rough times. Now, they seem just right, especially for some of the best Thai food in the San Fernando Valley. That’s why Krua Thai is LAist’s latest Recession Obsession.