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Jakob Layman

Same Same

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Jakob Layman

Anyone who sat through the cinematic trash fire that was Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice knows one thing - combining two things people love doesn’t mean the end result will be great. But combine them just right, and you’ve struck gold. Case in point - Same Same, the tiny Silver Lake spot that’s mashed up two cornerstones of human happiness (wine and Thai food) and made it work incredibly well.

Located in a stripmall right at the border of Silver Lake and Echo Park, Same Same used to be a full Thai restaurant. But then somebody swooped in and turned the whole place into a low-key wine bar, while keeping the kitchen and upgrading all the Thai food coming out of it. It might sound like a lot, but it’s successful because the Thai food and the wine aren’t just fantastic, they’re fantastic together.

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Same Same is the best Thai food in Silver Lake not named Night + Market. And their wine list, while not the largest you’ve ever seen, is designed so that you’ll have several perfect options to go with whatever you’re eating. We’re not about to pretend we know why a Chardonnay from coastal Oregon tastes great with a spicy-as-hell papaya salad, but luckily, the wait staff does. No matter what you feel like eating (or drinking), they’ll happily point you in the right direction. In the mood for some drunken noodles? Go for the French syrah. Or the outrageously good khao soi? Get to know the German riesling. There are no stupid questions, just great results.

But Same Same has also smartly created an atmosphere where you eating their food and drinking their wine don’t have to happen concurrently. You could just as easily go and get a few glasses of pinot on a Wednesday as you could post up all night with some friends and power your way through half their menu. Their take-out and delivery situation is also incredibly well run, ideal for those nights when only the couch has your name on it.

Combining two great things does work, you just have to know how to do it. Luckily, Same Same does. No Ben Affleck sad face here.

Food Rundown

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Khao Soi

This is the best thing on the Same Same menu. The curry noodle soup is sweet and rich, but the portion isn’t so large you can’t eat anything else. FYI, if you get chicken as your protein, it comes in the form of a giant drumstick. Not a bad thing, just worth noting.

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SomTum Thai

When it comes to papaya salad, we generally look for two things. Is the papaya fresh and is it spicy? Same Same’s version checks off both requirements. Definitely get this.

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Pad Kee Mao

It’s difficult to mess up drunken noodles, and Same Same definitely does not. This probably isn’t the best pad kee mao you’ve ever had, but try coming here and not ordering at least one for the table.

Gaeng Kiew Wan

If you like green curry, have it here. It’s sweet, spicy, and the Thai eggplant inside is excellent.

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Kuaytiaw Mu Daeng

This is their jade noodles with BBQ pork, and though it doesn’t pack as much punch as some of the other dishes, it’s nice to have at least one not insanely spicy dish on the table.

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