The other, less well-known location of the Thai food mini-franchise.
The other Pa-Ord Noodle location is actually the third best Thai place in town. What do I mean?
My visit to one of the 99 Essential restaurants in Los Angeles was…pretty much an accident.
First, did you know that Sapp Coffee House was closed on Wednesdays?
I should have known Sapp Coffee House was closed on Wednesdays! I write a food blog, in case you haven’t noticed! (I really have got to get around to reading it one of these days.)
So, it was during a hankering for some Boat Noodles that I drove down to Sapp’s, found easy parking, and…oh, yeah. Wed–
Wait a minute. That was my previous review of Pa-Ord Noodle.
What the hell is–
Oh. That’s right. I finally found the other Pa-Ord Noodle.
Yeah, there’s a second one. This one off La Brea near the residential end of Hollywood Blvd., and it’s…well…pretty much the same, except…not.
Okay, let me resume my old review for a second.
Thus, I turn to Pa-Ord Noodle, just a mile away.
Walking in, you see a family restaurant. You see all ages, all shapes and sizes kicking back having a bite. Pa-Ord Noodle is about as low key as Sapp’s is, but the atmosphere…a bit nicer that Sapp’s, but not like there’s white tablecloths and candlelight or anything. If anything, the place reminds me of Sinbala, over in Arcadia.
Like Sinbala, it’s a restaurant to be sure, but it’s also got a bit of Convenience store DNA in that there’s a place inside the restaurant where you can get some dessert-ish to-go items.
Okay. This Pa-Ord Noodle is pretty much the same, but…not.
I don’t know, I liked the other Pa-Ord, what I think of as the “original” Pa-Ord off Sunset just a bit better. Yeah, this one was easier to get into. But the other one…man, it had more energy. The food tastes just a bit better, a bit sharper. (God help you if you order Medium Spicy.) The Service was a bit more alert and on the ball.
I don’t know. Your experience may vary. You may walk in and notice no difference at all. But for me…I don’t know. I’m knocking off a star for this place. It’s still a four star experience, and will do in a pinch, but I’ll probably wait in line at the original instead of being able to walk right in and get a table here.
Pa-Ord Noodle has been called one of the best places to get Crispy Pork in Los Angeles, and sees there’s a plate with Chinese Broccoli. How can I say no? Heavenly. Heavenly. Two bites in, and it’s rivaling Sapp’s Boat Noodles for my favorite Thai dish.
The Crispy Pork just…wasn’t as crispy here at this location. It was chewy…hard toffee chewy. I don’t know what happened, but…this is what I mean by the place wasn’t as sharp, by the fact the food wasn’t as good.
But still it’s everything put the together the way it almost should be put together.
The spice level on this sucker is testing even my skills. Since my original visit, I have ordered this dish twice now, and when they ask how spicy, I always say “medium”, which may be a bit of a mistake because…man they don’t play games here at Pa-Ord Noodle. Halfway through the meal, I was holding on for dear life. Knocking back water every chance I got.
But you know what? I’d order it again in a second. I might even do medium again.
IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: Just bear in mind my previous experiences. Assume whatever they serve you the spice level is one notch above whatever it is in your head. If you order Mild, you might feel Medium. If you order Medium…you get the idea.
PARKING: Easy, but crowded. Pa-Ord Noodle, even at this location, is part of a small mini mall. I have yet to go there, and not find at least a space, and one pretty close to the restaurant. But that doesn’t mean that my luck will hold out. Forever.
Long story short. The turnover is high enough that you should find a space, but don’t be surprised if it’s all filled up when you get there.
Pa-Ord Noodle (Hollywood)
7075 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Tel: (323) 464-2989
Daily: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm