Thru a series of driving mishaps, I found myself in the area of That Square and very hungry so I decided to try it out. Glad I did.
Nam Sod: a little light on the advertised prok rind but good smoky flavors of ground or hand chopped pork, great veggie components (except for out of season tomatoes in the height of tomato season, loads of ginger shreds for a perfect zing in a sneaky hot sauce. THe fire built to a nicely hot zing rather than a test of fire eating ability. Also had a Som Tum that was very nice indeed. The dried shrimp were just perfect, not too dry, not to rehydrated, perfectly chewy, and musty and spicy. WOW! Te two sauces looked identical but were quite different. The only disappointment was the rice which was bland and a little hard. But what food. I saw a lot on the menu that I want to go back and try.
Service was sweet and caring. Price was cheap. Glad to have finally tried it.
Living near Ruan Thai in Wheaton and having lived near both of LA's Thai Towns (Hollywood & East SFV, Thai Square would stand up to any hole in the wall I used to frequent. Ruan Thai has more complexity but less punch so I would give the nod to Thai Square by a sliver (of ginger!). Unfortunately its way far for frequent visits.