sticky rice

a casual cool thai eatery with market vibes

East LA has no shortage of Thai restaurants. Sticky Rice isn’t the most authentic. Nor the most trendy. It’s not a food critic’s favorite, or all that popular on Yelp among the crazy competition. Sticky Rice isn’t the best but it also doesn’t have to be.

No, Sticky Rice plays a very specific role in the east LA Thai food landscape. It’s fast, reliable, inexpensive. It’s no frills, but still feels modern and fun. There’s never a wait. The quality of food is consistently good, and though the menu sticks to the classic dishes that most Angelenos are familiar with, the flavors do the cuisine justice even with close proximity to Thai Town. It’s counter order, but there are seats inside, on the patio and with tables that spill onto the sidewalks true to the market vibes). It works well for a fast in and out meal and ideal for takeout, but it’s also been known to be a bit of a casual hang out spot for some locals on late nights (particularly the Echo Park location that is open extra late).

the details

AddressEcho Park: 1801 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles
Highland Park: 5043 York Blvd, Los Angeles
DTLA: (inside Grand Central Market)



Echo Park: https://www.yelp.com/biz/sticky-rice-echo-park-los-angeles
Highland Park: https://www.yelp.com/biz/sticky-rice-los-angeles-3
DTLA: https://www.yelp.com/biz/sticky-rice-los-angeles


Echo Park: 12pm – midnight every day except Monday (6pm – midnight on Mondays), open til 2am on weekends
Highland Park: 6pm – 10:30pm Tuesday – Friday, 12pm – 10:30pm weekends, closed Monday
DTLA: 10:30am – 9pm every day

Price$$, pretty standard prices for Thai food in the area
Aestheticcolorful, Thai street market vibes

good to know

Go here for: a casual lunch or dinner, take out, a late night eats

Order this: any of the wok noodles and fried rice, plus snacks and grilled stuff for sharing

Amount of time to spend: 15 minutes to a couple hours, you can be here for a good time or a long time

When to come: on a warm night when you can sit outside and pretend you’re eating street food; also if you’re going to GCM truly for the love of all thing good please don’t go on a weekend no one deserves that level of chaos


  • Echo Park: usually isn’t too hard, especially at night, if there are no open meters on Sunset try Lemoyne, or if you have to the other side of Sunset has some public lots in the back
  • Highland Park: generally not too bad to find a meter on York or a couple hours of street parking on a side residential street.
  • DTLA: always a sh*tshow, try the adjacent lot or go around a few blocks for a meter or public lot (usually not too bad like $5-10 for a few hours to a full day)

Other things to note: 

  • The Echo Park and Highland Park locations have seating that spans indoor, patio and outdoor, but you still order at the counter. The GCM location is just counter order and then shared seating.
  • They have some special dishes only available at the Echo Park or Highland Park locations.

Last visited: February 2022

Last updated: April 2022

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