Bangkok Avenue is a Thai restaurant in Huntington Beach. You know you’re at a legit Thai restaurant when you see roti, the Indian flatbread that Thais fry and usually eat as dessert but that Bangkok Avenue pairs with a fabulous green curry that beats three-quarters of its local competitors with just one drop. And that’s just an appetizer. Bangkok offers sausages that range from the puckering (naem, a fermented pork sausage) to the hellacious. Dinners from pad Thai to Crying Tiger get dressed with the verve of a Beard-nominated spot; the khao soi, a hefty red curry soup that remains my favorite Thai dish, is spectacular and fiery. Bangok is even audacious enough to offer their takes on tacos and ceviche, and while it’s not as good as their straightforward Thai specialties, you have to respect an ostensibly ethnic restaurant that pushes beyond its borders.
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"That's RIGHT," my friend said when I pointed out Huntington Beach has an inordinate amount of Thai restaurants—probably more than any other OC town. "I used to go out with some girl from there, and we'd always get pad Thai for dinn...