Best Thai Restaurant, December 2006
Some palates may hanker after Thai restaurants that offer the likes of incendiary liver salads or soups of curdled pork blood. The more timid among us prefer more modified fare. Krua Thai, near the Wat Thai Buddhist Temple in North Hollywood, appeals to the whole spectrum of tastes without losing the integrity of any dish. Its attempt at chichi decor suggests a Home Depot shopping spree, but the food is fresh, plentiful, and meticulously put together. Expertly fried angel wings (chicken wings stuffed to bulging with noodles and vegetables) and kook prik pow (shrimp with the double whammy of chili paste and fresh chilies) will satisfy heat seekers, and gently seasoned stir-frys and beautifully garnished noodle dishes are geared to the mild at heart. A bonus: It’s open until 3:30 a.m.