Jitlada Thai / Los Angeles, CA

Named after the royal palace in Bangkok, Jitlada opened in the late ’70s. It changed hands in 2006 and not wanting to alienate customers expecting the usual Thai dishes, the new owners added a sub-menu, written in their regional dialect, of about 40 home-style southern Thai specialties. A visitor from Chicago happened upon a Jitlada takeout menu in his hotel lobby and noticed the untranslated section. Had dinner at the restaurant and ended up getting an explanation of all the southern Thai dishes. When he returned home, he posted a translation of the regional menu—along with photographs of many of the dishes and a highly favorable report on the restaurant area food lovers’ website, LTHforum.com. Thats all it took and now is a highly sough after reservation. LA Weekly names it one of the “99 Essential Restaurants to eat at”. The Pad See Ew is the bomb.

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Tom Kha:  rice coconut milk with lemongrass with chicken

Tom Kha:
rice coconut milk with lemongrass with chicken

Crispy Duck Roll: crispy duck, cucumber, carrot and green leaf wrapped in rice noodles

Crispy Duck Roll:
crispy duck, cucumber, carrot and green leaf wrapped in rice noodles

Young Coconut Mushroom slim soup:  chicken,  young coconut meat and mushrooms in a spicy and sour soup

Young Coconut Mushroom slim soup:
chicken, young coconut meat and mushrooms in a spicy and sour soup

Shrimp Tamarind: deep fried shrimp topped with spicy tamarind sauce

Shrimp Tamarind:
deep fried shrimp topped with spicy tamarind sauce

Spinach Flambé: stir fried spinach topped with cashew nuts

Spinach Flambé:
stir fried spinach topped with cashew nuts

Plaa Thawt Mamuang: fried whole seabass smothered in spicy sweet chili mango sauce

Plaa Thawt Mamuang:
fried whole seabass smothered in spicy sweet chili mango sauce

Chicken Pad See Ew

Chicken Pad See Ew

Larb: beef, flavored with fish sauce, lime juice, padaek, roasted ground rice and fresh herbs.

Larb:
beef, flavored with fish sauce, lime juice, padaek, roasted ground rice and fresh herbs.

Mango Sticky Rice w/Coconut Ice Cream

Mango Sticky Rice w/Coconut Ice Cream

Thai Iced Tea

Thai Iced Tea

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