10 Best Eats in Thai Town: Neighborhood Grub Crawl
|Morning Glory Salad at Ruen Pair|
3. Ruen Pair:
When your favorite bartender announces last call, Ruen Pair is the place to head. A selection of Thai comfort foods, duck leg soup and plate-sized fried omelets made with strands of salty turnip are some of the best versions in town. Ruen Pair also seems to have a deft hand with salads, including a beef larb made interesting by a handful of crunchy toasted rice powder and crushed chile. 5257 Hollywood Blvd., L.A.; 323-466-0153.
G. Snyder Som Tam at Krua Siri
2. Krua Siri
Krua Siri, a small restaurant located in the eastern stretch of Thai town, might be best known among certain Hollywood residents as the place that delivers until the wee hours of the morning. For others, it is better known as a headquarters for intensely flavorful Northern Thai cuisine. If you avoid bland pitfalls like teriyaki salmon or orange chicken, and instead ask your server to steer you toward the special (previously untranslated) Issan-style menu, you will be rewarded with fragrant curries, four-day fermented sausage, funky papaya salad and a potent rice salad made with crispy bits of duck skin. 5103 Hollywood Blvd., L.A.; 323-660-6196.
5253 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA