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what's the BEST THAI in san francisco

megantmorris Oct 11, 2010 12:40 PM

What's the best Thai in SF - most authentic?

I've tried Siam Lotus on Haight and all the Osha Thai's. Looking for something as authentic as Chang Mai, Thailand!

Thanks everyone!

Osha Thai
819 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Siam Lotus
25 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax, CA 94930

  1. Scott M Oct 11, 2010 12:57 PM

    Give Marnee Thai a try

    Marnee Thai Restaurant
    2225 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122

    Marnee Thai Restaurant
    1243 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122

    1. DezzerSF Oct 11, 2010 01:06 PM

      Lers Ros is a favorite on this board. I'm also curious about Chabaa in the Sunset.

      1. Robert Lauriston Oct 11, 2010 01:11 PM

        Lers Ros is in a class by itself.

        Lers Ros Thai
        730 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA

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          sfbing Oct 11, 2010 03:05 PM

          For Chiang Mai style food, check out the "secret menu" at Chabaa in the Sunset.

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          1. re: sfbing
            ankimo Nov 11, 2010 07:31 AM

            so far, i've been most impressed with lers ros. too bad they don't have more LA thai town places up here.
            if you're not convinced about lers ros, try the #9, #62, #69, #114
            chabaa secret menu at sunset location is good and unique
            sai jai thai does have a good pork shoulder over rice

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            Radical347 Oct 11, 2010 04:39 PM

            Lers Ros and Thai House Express (Larkin > Castro).

            Thai House Express
            901 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94109

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            1. re: Radical347
              hong_kong_foodie Nov 12, 2010 03:59 PM

              I would also agree that Lers Ros and Thai House Express are the best in SF. That sliced pork shoulder (#9 on the menu, as recommended by ankimo) is quite delicious I must say.

              Thai House Express
              901 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94109

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              chocomel Oct 11, 2010 06:44 PM

              Do you have any favorite or specific dishes you're looking for?

              Like everyone else, I love Lers Ros, though i think they have good venison dishes - if i remember right...

              1. m
                mikeh Oct 12, 2010 10:57 AM

                Lers Ros for Northern Thai/the esoteric

                Thai House Express on Larkin for more street-food type and Issan

                Thai House Express
                901 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94109

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                  lvr1176 Oct 14, 2010 06:15 PM

                  Baan Thai House & Wine Bar at 7th and Irving. An excellent newcomer.

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                    Dana B Oct 15, 2010 09:26 AM

                    Actually, Basil Canteen on Folsom (not the original Basil) has some more "authentic" (whatever that word means anymore) thai ingredients.

                    Whole lychees as part of a stir fry, whole peppercorns still on the branch, and some great noodle dishes that I haven't seen elsewhere.

                    Basil Canteen
                    1489 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

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                    1. re: Dana B
                      grayelf Oct 15, 2010 09:40 AM

                      That is a great tip, Dana B. I just discovered that a place in Vancouver does a noodle dish, pad kee mao, with fresh green peppercorns and I am in heaven. Basil Canteen is back on the radar (it was previously for a duck curry that we never made it in to try when visiting SF -- it is also in an architecturally interesting building I understand, if that floats your boat).

                      Basil Canteen
                      1489 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

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