Jitlada ** LOCATION 5233 1/2 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles; (323) 663-3104; www.jitlada.localthaifood.com. AMBIENCE Lively restaurant where Thais and local hipsters convene for the homey, southern Thai cooking of Suthiporn "Tui" Sungkamee and his sister Sarintip "Jazz" Singsanong. It's prettier than most, with colorful brocade tablecloths, wood carvings and a Matt Groening cartoon on the walls. SERVICE Warm and friendly, by the owner and her extended family. PRICE Appetizers, soups and salads, $4.95 to $12.95; main courses, $7.95 to $21.95; noodle dishes, $7.95 to $12.95; southern Thai dishes, $6.95 to $24.95. BEST DISHES Rice salad, mango salad with peanuts and deep-fried catfish, coconut mango salad with shrimp and cashews; steamed mussels in coconut milk and green curry; raw blue crab salad with green papaya; whole fried sea bass in turmeric spice rub; jungle curry with pork and green eggplant; basil lamb with long beans; stir-fried beef "salt and spicy" -- or whatever Jazz suggests for you, especially the dishes from her village. WINE LIST Very basic, most from Clos du Lac or Clos du Bois. Bring your own or go with Thai beer. BEST TABLE One in the front corner of the second dining room. DETAILS Open 5 to 10:30 p.m. Monday, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday to Sunday. Lot parking. All major credit cards. Rating is based on food, service and ambience, with price taken into account in relation to quality. ****: Outstanding on every level. ***: Excellent. **: Very good. *: Good. No star: Poor to satisfactory.
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