There’s Good and Then There’s “Hood Good”

I’ve been debating whether or not to write about this Thai spot in Sylmar called Dome Pochana. I’m not really ecstatic about it and the whole point of the blog is to highlight things I believe are worthy. But then I realized I needed to give the place a shout out simply because it’s a Thai restaurant in Sylmar. Sometimes an eatery can be deemed worthy if it means avoiding a drive to Northridge or Ventura Boulevard.

See, there’s good and then there’s “hood good,” meaning we’ve got to alter the scale when it comes to any non-Mexican offerings in San Fer, Sylmar or Pacoima. While living in a city of Latinos makes for easy-to-find cruda-curing breakfasts, San Fernando isn’t exactly the hotbed for the kind of fried rice you crave at Sanam Luang.

That being said, I’ve decided to review food on two five-star rating systems. The first rating will take into account food quality and taste above all else, with possible bonus points for ambiance, customer service, selection or presentation. That means, theoretically, Bobo’s would be held to the same standards as Father’s Office.

Basically, the “hood good” rating system lets you drop the foodie/snob persona you developed when you got all cultured.

The second system will be the “hood good” rating. So let’s say, yeah, you’ve definitely had better than Dome Pochana and you can rattle off at least five superior pad thai options, BUT considering we are in a multicultural food drought zone and it’s 8 p.m. on a Tuesday, Dome Pochana is looking pretty good. Basically, the “hood good” rating system lets you drop the foodie/snob persona you developed when you got all cultured. That Asia Tasty sashimi salad ain’t sounding so bad now, is it?

Now that I’ve justified my forthcoming post on Dome Pochana, take a look at the legend below for the rating system breakdown.

Standard Rating
* Terrible
** OK
*** I’d go again
**** Very good
***** Close to perfect

“Hood Good” Rating
* If it’s a one star on the “hood good” scale, I’m surprised I lived to blog about it
** F-it, I’m heading west on the 118
*** It’s close and it’s decent
**** One of the better places I like to hit up in my area
***** Hey, this place would even be good out of the hood!

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i am san fernando is April Aguirre, a writer born and raised in the San Fernando Valley. April bounced around the Valley throughout her upbringing and lived outside of California for a quick minute but always felt most at home in the city of San Fernando. To get at April's heart, FedEx puppies to her door, offer In-N-Out cheeseburgers by the dozen or introduce her to a beer tastier than the last.

16 Responses to "There’s Good and Then There’s “Hood Good”"

  1. Jerardo says:

    You could go the opposite with Mexican Food:

    Say you’re in, I dunno, Santa Monica and you’re craving some mexican food. So you find a spot and eat there. The place has decent mexican food.

    So on you’re standard rating you give it 3 stars.

    But if this place was in the hood, you’d give it 1 star! Because there are so many options with better tasting mexican food in The Hood.

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  2. Stephanie says:

    There’s also Ochoa Classic in Pan city which is *** lol but yeah Dome Pochana has bomb thai tea and some decent Pad See Yew 🙂

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  3. Eric says:

    I like it 🙂

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  4. Henry says:

    wendil’s chicken in pacoima on SF road across from the airport is good too.

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  10. Jonathan says:

    IDK … but i love Dome… I been to tons of thai spots in LA and NH but like the other comment said, the Pad See Yew is one of the best i have ever had.. (chicken,Not beef) I would give them 4 stars on the good scale… Also PC has tons of cool asian spots 🙂

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