At this point it’s common knowledge that Los Angeles is home to the most culturally diverse food landscape in all of the country (possibly the world.) But to call it a melting pot would be a little misleading, since most of the best versions of each cuisine represented in L.A. can mostly be found in their own specific neighborhood. Thai food in Thai Town, Korean food in Koreatown, and so on. Good Chinese food outside of Chinatown and the San Gabriel Valley? Good luck. Naturally, there are exceptions. And as more and more people become interested in following Jonathan Gold to the next foreign treasure it only makes sense that more treasures are creeping outside of their own enclaves.
Boyle Heights’ Guisados opened up a new Echo Park location less than 3 miles away from the original. A second Mariscos Jalisco truck? Same deal. And now there’s Pa Ord, the boat noodle specialist from Thai Town who recently bought Thai Foon on La Brea and Sunset. Close enough to Thai Town to make you consider just going to the original, far enough a way to make it conveniently worth it not to.