The Pichetrungsi family built a truly special Thai restaurant, and the founders’ son, Justin Pichetrungsi, takes it into the next level and generation with rotating specials, collabs and a killer natural wine list. This year he added something else that I—and what feels like the rest of L.A.—can’t get enough of: Thai Taco Tuesday, a weekly pop-up in the restaurant’s alleyway where uni, albacore, carnitas, and dry-aged striped bass from nearby the Joint Eatery find their way into tostadas and soft La Princesita tortillas drizzled with Thai chilies and buried under papaya salad.
Almost every week sees some exciting new taco or collab or special, which gives us all something to look forward to (a must in this terror year). The hospitality positively radiates from the staff, even if you’re just there to grab tacos and some Thai fried chicken to-go. A socially-distanced party, a bite-by-bite escape, a bright and lively new cast of dishes I never want to end. Eternal thanks to Anajak for offering it all, in 2020 especially. —Stephanie Breijo