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Recession Obsession: Thai Town's Ruen Pair

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A Recession Obsession is, 1) a meal so great that it stays in your mind long after digestion's end, and, 2) plays nice with your sensitive wallet. Is there a better place than Los Angeles to eat a wide variety of amazing food that so happens to be inexpensive? Probably not. We're as lucky as we are well fed. We last obsessed over great Greek at Papa Cristo's, and historic junk food at Randy's Donuts. Today, we obsess...

Thai Town is priced perfectly for our sorry pocketbooks. We know this. One such standout is Ruen Pair, a restaurant LAist visited for our "Thai One On" series. It was both inexpensive and fantastic in '07, and that hasn't changed for '09. The only difference is a sharp coat of paint. Of course it's LAist's latest Recession Obsession.

Ruen Pair has seen this diner pop in for some late morning noodles, a spicy catfish lunch (pictured right,) some mid-afternoon Tom Yum soup, an early Thai curry dinner, a late dinner duck dish, and for a late night mix of most of the above. They open before lunch and close after your bedtime (3-4 a.m.) There's really not a bad time for good Thai food. The majority of the menu is $5.95 and $6.95. Spending more than you should takes some effort (or a special case of the medicinal munchies.)