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Best Thai Restaurant Orange County 2011 - Sutha Thai Kitchen

Sutha Thai Kitchen

Sutha Thai Kitchen

1161 Irvine Blvd.

Tustin, CA 92780

714-734-6100

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Readers' Choice: Royal Thai Cuisine

Last year, we singled out Sutha as the Best Thai Restaurant Per Square Foot; but this year, it has earned an upgrade, even though the square footage is the same. Do not take our description of its smallness as an exaggeration: Sutha can barely fit 10 people comfortably. In fact, the place feels even smaller as more people discover it. The entire restaurant, kitchen included, would fit inside Garden Grove's Thai Nakorn like a marble in a shoebox. But that's all the space it needs. Sutha has but one cook and one server, and they're related. Anywhere you sit, you hear the clangs of a wok being beaten up. Anywhere you stand, you smell what the next table is having. The salmon salad is one discovery everyone makes, but most newcomers initially ignore it, choosing instead the excellent pad see ew, silky yellow curry or pad thai, but to finally taste the salmon salad is to realize that when it comes to Thai restaurants, size doesn't matter. $$

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