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post #1756 of 2308
I've been to Saladang and Saladang Song a few times. Back in high school they were popular spots for birthdays and other small celebrations. They have some good dishes, they have some average ones too. And most notably, they have more modern, spacious architecture and interior. But I haven't been back there for a couple years.
I went to Flintridge prep for high school, which is in La Canada. Although I'm rarely in the area anymore, when I am, I try to go to min's.
To compare it to panda express is ridiculous.

other cheap thai food: jitlada, which is on the west side / hollywood. if you want more authentic thai food.
post #1757 of 2308
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Originally Posted by djblisk View Post

+1 on Saladang. Be warned that not authentic Thai but delicious nonetheless.

Yes, not traditional--less spicy unless you tell them to heat it up, and they adapt a lot of recipes around western ingredients. Saladang has more of a traditional menu than Saladang Song, which is a little more modern.
post #1758 of 2308
If you are ever in the valley try Lum Ka Naad for their drunkennoodle. Make sure you ask them to make it the spiciest they have made it too
post #1759 of 2308
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If you are ever in the valley try Lum Ka Naad for their drunkennoodle. Make sure you ask them to make it the spiciest they have made it too

Best Thai I have had in L.A.

Never had the drunkennoodles, but will order next time for sure.
post #1760 of 2308
My Thai friend made me drive out to Lum Ka Naad for dinner. It was worth the trek out to Northridge.
post #1761 of 2308
Anyone going to Northern Grade DTLA this weekend?

post #1762 of 2308
I've been a few times to Balconi coffee (Olympic Connection in WLA) for some siphon brewed coffee. Its quite good, but $4.50 for 6oz. I appreciate the process and attention to detail involved though.
post #1763 of 2308
OT, but what's the climate in LA like from October to January? I was supposed to be going to Toronto on a research sabbatical from my university but my wife fancies somewhere with a warmer climate. I'll be in Vancouver from July to the end of September.
post #1764 of 2308
Usually pretty nice.. bordering on chilly at night.
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I've been a few times to Balconi coffee (Olympic Connection in WLA) for some siphon brewed coffee. Its quite good, but $4.50 for 6oz. I appreciate the process and attention to detail involved though.

Balconi > the nearby Cafe Tomo

Speaking of coffee, have you guys been to Alfred Coffee (Melrose Place) or the Refinery (Santa Monica)? I especially enjoy the Refinery.
post #1766 of 2308
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It is affluent, fairly conservative for LA County (e.g., way more yard signs for Romney than Obama in the last election), has great public schools, and is the home of the Jet Propulsion Lab. It's a very nice place to live, or even to visit (good hiking trails, Descanso Gardens) but not to eat. It is pretty much the culinary middle of nowhere. The first few times I ate out in the area, I felt like Ray Liotta at the end of Goodfellas ("right after I got here, I ordered some spaghetti and marinara sauce, I got egg noodles with ketchup"). Many people in the area simply seem to not care about food, and those who do will go to Pasadena to eat.

This reminded of this one time I was at the Wasteland in Burbank selling some clothes on my lunch break. To fill the silent void during the buy/sell process, I decided to ask the salesperson if there was any good places in the area to grab lunch. Excited, she explained that Burbank is a "foodie's paradise" and proceeded to recommend Baja Fresh, PF Changs, Fuddruckers, etc. I detected no sarcasm and got really sad. I hate Burbank.
post #1767 of 2308
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Originally Posted by retronotmetro View Post

It is affluent, fairly conservative for LA County (e.g., way more yard signs for Romney than Obama in the last election), has great public schools, and is the home of the Jet Propulsion Lab. It's a very nice place to live, or even to visit (good hiking trails, Descanso Gardens) but not to eat. It is pretty much the culinary middle of nowhere. The first few times I ate out in the area, I felt like Ray Liotta at the end of Goodfellas ("right after I got here, I ordered some spaghetti and marinara sauce, I got egg noodles with ketchup"). Many people in the area simply seem to not care about food, and those who do will go to Pasadena to eat.

This reminded of this one time I was at the Wasteland in Burbank selling some clothes on my lunch break. To fill the silent void during the buy/sell process, I decided to ask the salesperson if there was any good places in the area to grab lunch. Excited, she explained that Burbank is a "foodie's paradise" and proceeded to recommend Baja Fresh, PF Changs, Fuddruckers, etc. I detected no sarcasm and got really sad. I hate Burbank.

Burbank probably has one of the highest concentrations of chain restaurants per capita in SoCal. If I'm in the area at mealtime and don't want to head east or west, I hit the Burbank branch of Zankou Chicken. If you are a stateless person in NFL season, it is kind of fun to eat at Taste Chicago (Joe Mantegna's wife's place), or Philly's Best during a game.
post #1768 of 2308
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Best Thai I have had in L.A.

Never had the drunkennoodles, but will order next time for sure.


i work in the valley, so looks like this is my next stop on my lunchbreak. burbank does suck for food. reminds me of downtown disney. the further you get away from the 5, the better the food tends to get in that area, but not by much.

post #1769 of 2308
Have been hitting up the San Pedro Fish Market every 2-3 weeks for fresh fish and seafood. Sashimi grade tuna is $4.50/lb. Yellowtail, salmon, etc. are all similar prices. Calamari steaks were very tasty and cost a ridiculous $1.50/lb. The catch is that you have to be there from 2 to 5 am on a Saturday morning. I usually try to combine a trip there with some late night going out.
post #1770 of 2308
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Have been hitting up the San Pedro Fish Market every 2-3 weeks for fresh fish and seafood. Sashimi grade tuna is $4.50/lb. Yellowtail, salmon, etc. are all similar prices. Calamari steaks were very tasty and cost a ridiculous $1.50/lb. The catch is that you have to be there from 2 to 5 am on a Saturday morning. I usually try to combine a trip there with some late night going out.
is that the open-air market by the docks?
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