My Lai Kitchen, a Vietnamese casual eatery in Los Angeles

In the Mar Vista district of Los Angeles on Venice Boulevard is an unassuming, charming, and casual restaurant called My Lai Kitchen serving the most fresh, eclectic, and delicious Vietnamese American creations we’ve ever tasted.

Traci Phan Davis, the founder of My Lai Kitchen (pronounced “Me Ly”) left her lucrative career after two decades in corporate America to pursue her passion for bringing her family’s beloved Vietnamese American dishes to mainstream folks in Los Angeles, California.

Traci’s husband, Shad Davis, is a professional chef by trade and a highly experienced restaurant consultant. When Traci shared with Shad her vision of bringing the foods she grew up with to life in a casual restaurant, he was all for it. Together they created My Lai Kitchen. The name “My Lai” means “Vietnamese American” or “American mixed.”

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