Friday, April 03, 2009

Gastro-treasures of Linda Vista

Well at least some people are dining out these days...Expat brings some Friday food to us here: Our Friday dinner trio decided to be really adventurous last week (actually, we mostly decided to go CHEAP, due to an economy drive). Sab-E-Lee is a real hole-in-the-wall, as you can see. Six tables, no reservations, no booze, no credit cards or tablecloths. It doesn't even have its name outside. But a very enthusiastic review in the Reader about a month ago got our attention. (Here is another review from the voracious eaters of mmm-yoso!!!) This was NORTH Thai food, the reviewer explained, not at all like what we're used to eating at, say, Amarin Thai in Hillcrest. More like Laotian, apparently.
Pictured are the house specialty, papaya salad, and the North Thai sausage fried rice. We also sampled the duck and one chicken dish. It was terrific, especially the duck, and just over $20 each. They definitely like it spicy up there in the North -- even the papaya is hot. Don't all go at once, please -- even the very limited readership of this blog would overwhelm the place.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you remember the price wrong. I recall ~$35 for the 3 of us.

Fri Apr 03, 08:35:00 AM PDT  
Blogger expat said...

Ah yes, you're right. Even more "recession-appropriate".

Fri Apr 03, 11:56:00 AM PDT  
Blogger gleecady said...

If you want to branch a bit further north and east, you might try the brand new (Grand Opening!) Thai Pepper on Sandrock at Murray Ridge just across from the CVS pharmacy. We ate there on the first night and had a wonderful beef dish that was served in a tortilla -- sort of a Thai Tostada. Great taste and reasonable prices.

Fri Apr 03, 02:04:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Jilly said...

How fabulous. Not sure I knew there was north Thai food, as opposed, presumably, to south. Looks delicious.

And I'm late - so sorry - to wish you a very happy 3rd birthday on CDP. That's some going and very well done. Your blog is so varied and interesting and you really do show us how it is in San Diego. Looking forward to the next year, Felicia.

I loved the April Fool's car - glad it wasn't mine!

Sat Apr 04, 12:20:00 AM PDT  
Blogger KirkK said...

Hi Felicia - I'm glad you had a chance to check out Sab E Lee! They actually specialize in Northeastern Thai food (Issan)....I know, sounds kinda strange...but the food of the Northwest is called Lanna style, and is spicy, but a bit different. Thanks so much for the link!

Tue Apr 07, 10:28:00 AM PDT  

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