Sapp Coffee Shop

5183 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90027
Critics' Pick
Sapp Coffee Shop +

Jean Trinh Jade noodles


  • Thu.-Tue., 7 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • $
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • No Alcohol
  • Takeout
  • Parking Lot Available, Street Parking
  • Reservations Accepted, Reservations Not Necessary
In the competition for best hangover cure, or most comforting bowl of steaming goodness, or best dish for a rainy day, Los Angeles has a lot of contenders, and many of them exist in the strip malls of Thai Town. But during this past abnormally cold and rainy winter, the thing we craved most often was Sapp Coffee Shop’s boat noodles, the bowl’s broth a deep brown, sweet and rich and a little sour, flecked with the chewy crunch of fried pork skin. We’re not alone in this craving, of course — Sapp has been satisfying people’s boat noodle needs since the 1980s — and the sparse restaurant is beloved in part because there’s so much comfort in its consistency. In warmer weather, the cold jade noodles present a lovely jumble of green noodles, roasted pork, crab meat, peanuts and chili, and honestly any time of year is a good time to try the many fantastic dishes that aren’t quite so iconic as the noodles here. But when food becomes an emotional need rather than a cerebral pursuit, other options can’t compete with the warmth and pleasure of those boat noodles. —Besha Rodell

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