the Tapioca Express on Santa Monica Blvd--that's right, a boba tea shop! Although their food menu is limited, every main dish (stay away from the appetizer crap) I've ordered has been just fantastic, and it beats going all the way to Thai Town for the same thing!
Try their new moo gan (sp?)--giant grilled pork sticks (not quite satays) served with sticky rice. I'm amazed I can get stuff like that in the neighborhood! The owner is Thai and she can also tell you where to go for particular cravings in Thai Town.