Restaurant of the Week: Thai Orchid Garden



Thai Orchid Garden, 315 E. Foothill Blvd. (at Towne), Pomona

Like an unmarked L.A. nightclub, you have to be an insider to know Thai Orchid Garden exists. Located on an unremarkable stretch of Foothill Boulevard, somewhere west of Towne Avenue but east of Garey Avenue, there is a sign at the curb, true, but the small building is set back from the street beyond probably 100 feet of asphalt parking lot. By the time you see the building, you’ve driven past it.

I ate there once, some six years ago, and had a generally positive impression of the food, and a very positive impression of the decor, which has a lot of ornate teak, and a small shrine, plus booths that feel almost enclosed thanks to a wooden structure around each. For whatever reason, I never wrote about it. Maybe I forgot. The friend who accompanied me says: “I remember liking it and thinking I’d go back. I just never think about it. It’s set too far back.”

An acquaintance suggested recently that we meet up at Thai Orchid Garden for lunch, and I was happy for the chance to try the restaurant I now think of as Thai OG again.

The decor was still impressive, maybe moreso than in my memory. From the extensive lunch specials, 23 items in all, I had the yellow curry, pictured below, and he had the garlic and pepper pork (each $7.75). They came with soup, small salad and rice. Mine was good, and his looked really good. Asked by the server in Thai how we liked our food, he replied in that language, “Delicious! We’re so happy we could die.” He explained: “That’s an idiom.”

The menu has 112 numbered items, plus the 23 lunch specials, plus another 35 special items and desserts. I had a fried banana with coconut ice cream ($5), he had sticky rice with mango ($6). Thai Orchid Garden has been there since 1978, making it one of the oldest Thai restaurants in these parts, if not the oldest. It’s worth a visit, if you can find it. (Offering some assistance, the latitude and longitude are on the restaurant’s website.)


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  • DebB

    This is one of those places I drive by almost every day, and never see. I’m going to have to try it soon!

    Out of curiosity, have you ever tried the sandwiches at the Corner Butcher Shop in La Verne? They’re up on Foothill, in the same plaza as Panera. It took me a few years to realize that they serve food, rather than just sell meat. I tried it a couple weeks ago, and had a pretty good grilled tri-tip.

    • davidallen909

      I’ve been there a handful of times. For whatever reason, I haven’t written about it, I suppose because a few of my meals were when they were doing $1 hot dogs, and that was a special that didn’t qualify as a meal.

  • Another commenter

    Thank you! I missed your blog and I do remember now that it is really in Pomona. My husband and I had many wonderful meals there. We need to go back soon!