While Southern California is home to a spattering of Lao restaurants and other businesses, it is by no means the epicenter of the Lao and Lao American communities in the United States like it is for many other peoples. In addition to the Northern Virginian outskirts of Washington D.C., Dallas and its surrounding area became the destination of many refugees after this country made Laos the most bombed nation in the world. While immigration from Laos is still quite small compared to many other places (the country is very small as well), most still happens in those two places four decades later.
So it is only natural that empires have formed over the years like Sabaidee, which has four locations in Dallas and its northern suburbs. Thankfully for the Inland Empire, the fifth location has opened at the Haven City Market in Rancho Cucamonga, a two year old food hall that seems to be bursting at the seems since COVID safety rules have been eased.