Restaurants

Top Choice Thai in West Hollywood & Mid-City

Night + Market

Set behind Talésai, a long-running Thai joint, this related kitchen pumps out outstanding Thai street food and Thai-inspired hybrids such as catfish tamales. Pique the appetite with larb lanna (chopped pork salad), …
Top Choice Southeast Asian in Santa Monica

Cassia

Ever since it opened in 2015, open, airy Cassia has made about every local and national 'best' list of LA restaurants. Chef Bryant Ng draws on his Chinese-Singaporean heritage in dishes such as kaya toast (with coco…
Top Choice Thai in Silver Lake & Echo Park

Night + Market Song

After cultivating a cult following in WeHo, this gleefully garish temple to real-deal Thai and Cambodian street food is killing it in the hipster heartlands. Invigorate the taste buds with spicy larb (minced-meat sa…
Top Choice Vietnamese in Northern Orange County

Garlic & Chives

One of the most exciting restaurants – not just Vietnamese – in Orange County. Chef Kristin Nguyen nails the standards and then riffs on share plates like lamb skewers, pomelo salad with shrimp, pork and banana blos…
Southeast Asian in West Hollywood & Mid-City

EP & LP

Louis Tikaram, Australia's Chef of the Year in 2014, has brought the creative, bold flavors of his Fijian-Chinese heritage – kakoda (Fijian-style ceviche), Chiang Mai larb (spiced salmon stands in for meat), and cri…
Vietnamese in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

Slanted Door

Live the dream at this bayfront bistro, where California-fresh, Vietnamese-inspired dishes are served with sparkling waterfront views. Chinatown-raised chef-owner Charles Phan is a James Beard Award winner and a loc…
Thai in The Mission, Dogpatch & Potrero Hill

Farmhouse Kitchen Thai Cuisine

California farm-to-table gets Thai street smarts in this warehouse restaurant showcasing organic, local ingredients and regional Thai street-food inspirations. Skewered Sonoma BBQ chicken marinated in fresh turmeric…
Vietnamese in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

Saigon Sandwich Shop

Don't get distracted by Tenderloin street scenes while you wait – be ready to order your banh mi (Vietnamese sandwiches) when the Saigon boss ladies call 'Next!' or you'll get skipped. Act fast and be rewarded with …
Vietnamese in Nob Hill, Russian Hill & Fillmore

Out the Door

Offshoot of the famous Slanted Door, this casual outpost jump-starts afternoon shopping with stellar Dungeness-crab noodles, five-spice chicken and rice plates and Vietnamese coffee. At dinner, rice plates and noodl…
Vietnamese in The Haight & Hayes Valley

DragonEats

Velvety roast-duck banh mi gives opera stars something to sing about at this sunny Vietnamese deli, right around the corner from San Francisco's opera house and symphony hall. Hungry divas order theirs with a shrimp…