Anajak Thai is our 2022 Restaurant of the Year [Los Angeles, Sherman Oaks]

Waiting in line for tacos is a truism of life in Los Angeles. Trailing down a busy commercial block of Ventura Boulevard in Sherman Oaks, a queue that forms once a week has been growing notably longer every month for the last two years. People begin to camp out in the late afternoon; soon their straggling forms stretch down the sidewalk in front of the Sun Spa tanning salon and a billiards hall, and sometimes nearly reach a two-story strip mall that houses an outpost of Barry’s Bootcamp.

The line originates at the door of Anajak Thai, a restaurant that opened in 1981 and has thrillingly transformed itself over the last several years. Everyone is here for Thai Taco Tuesday.