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Lers Ros Thai vs. Chabaa Thai

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Okay, hope we can have at it. Trying to decide between the two for one meal. Pros and cons? And is one better than the other for lunch or dinner?

(I'll be looking for less common dishes that are generally unavailable elsewhere.)

Thanks!

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Lers Ros Thai
730 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA

Chabaa Thai
420 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94102

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  1. Lers Ros is patronized largely by Thais, has a lot of dishes I haven't seen elsewhere, and has served me many of the best Thai dishes I've had.

    I haven't heard much about Chabaa. Reportedly they have a "secret" Chiang Mai menu at the Irving St. branch.

    Recent "best Thai" discussion:

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/739849

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    Chabaa Thai
    2123 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122

    1. As someone who has been to both, both Chabaa and Lers Ros have unusual dishes. Chabaa has a more Northern Thai/Laotian slant to their menu whereas Lers Ros tastes more like the stuff I got in Phuket/Bangkok.

      Lers Ros has an enormous menu, is probably in a more convenient location, and is very popular on this board. If you're a big fan of grilled meats, tangy grilled sausages and sticky rice, Chabaa does those better than Lers Ros. (Although, if it were me, I would go to one of the divey Laotian places in the East Bay instead).

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      1. re: sfbing

        What divey Laotian places in the East Bay?

        1. re: Thomas Nash

          That Luang in San Pablo (pretty much everything is good, but I can't leave here without the grilled beef tongue and beef innard soup) , Green Papaya in Oakland (sausage, long bean salad), Vientiane Cafe in Oakland (nem khao is the bomb here, other things are just ok).
          There is also Champa Garden (not divey, but also not a favorite for me) and Black and Silver (which has been reported on Chowhound, but I haven't been to yet).

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          Champa Garden
          2102 8th Ave, Oakland, CA 94606

          Green Papaya
          2016 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704

      2. Just to clarify: the Chabaa with the unusual dishes is the original location on Irving. The newer, small Chabaa on Geary does not serve these dishes and has a menu similar to the various Thai noodle houses around town (King of Thai, Bangkok Noodles, etc.).

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        Bangkok Noodles
        110 Powell St, San Francisco, CA 94102

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        1. re: bigwheel042

          Definitely would choose Chabaa on Irving (not Geary), and would work from the "secret" menu. Still deciding between the two. Thanks for the thoughts so far.