America's Best Neighborhoods for Ethnic Food
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Thai Town, Los Angeles
L.A. and Bangkok have more in common than a shared nickname (City of Angels). The SoCal city happens to have the largest Thai population outside of Thailand and is sometimes referred to as Thailand’s “78th province.” After the Immigration and Nationality act of 1965 passed, Thais came in droves to study, many stayed to open businesses, and Thai Town was born. It’s loaded with excellent eating options; the indecisive should hit up Jitlada, a longtime local favorite that specializes in southern Thai cuisine. After, walk off your meal at Thailand Plaza (5321 Hollywood Blvd.; 323-993-9000), a shopping mall that sells Thai grocery items, incense, and knickknacks.