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Jitlada

Perfect For: Adventurous Eating Serious Take-Out Operation

Time to put on your big boy pants, Los Angeles. It’s Jitlada time.

This city does Thai food better than anyone, so to consistently rank among the best, you better be bringing the goods. And at Jitlada, the goods come in the form of real-deal Southern Thai cuisine. Which means spice. A whole lot of it.

Spice at Jitlada is not a choice - it’s a given. If you ask to have your entree come with less of it, you will receive a subtle “........” in return. These kind of rules are bound to alienate some customers, but we don’t think Jitlada cares. The two-hour wait at this kitschy East Hollywood spot tells us they’ve got plenty of believers. And while you should definitely eat in the eccentric space at some point, the move here is to utilize their well-oiled take-out situation as often as possible. Your not-as-well-oiled patience will thank you.

To say that the menu at Jitlada is expansive is an understatement. You’ll find everything from crispy catfish salad to khua kling Phat Lung (a beef curry that’s one of the spiciest dishes in the city). These are some of the most authentic and incredible flavors you’ll get outside of Thailand.

We all have our go-to casual spots where we eat the same thing every week. But when you’re in the mood to try something you won’t find at every other neighborhood hangout, Jitlada is waiting with open arms.

Food Rundown

Pad Thai

This is what a lot of people will probably order and that’s ok. Because goddamn it’s delicious.

Jungle Curry with Pork and Eggplant

Buckle up humans. This sh*t is not messing around. One of the boldest curries in town, you will need a few napkins for this dish. One for your lap and a couple for your forehead.

Mango Salad with Catfish

One thing to realize early is that Jitlada features a ton of Catfish dishes. And rejoice in that. This sweet, light salad is the perfect kick-off before the heavy flavors make their entrances.

Stir-Fried Beef

This is a dish for everyone, packing so much flavor you might order another one to take home. We’ve done it before.

Dungeness Crab in Garlic Sauce

A traditional Thai dish not often seen on American menus. Making this even more of a must-order.

Khua Kling Phat Lung

Do it. Just do it. Dance like no one’s watching. And by dance we mean put this sh*t in your mouth.

Basil Lamb with Long Beans

Jitlada nails almost all of their lamb dishes, and their basil lamb is arguably the strongest.

Turmeric Wings Fried

Jitlada’s Thai wings are absolutely phenomenal and come with a kick that puts any buffalo sauce to shame.

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