King of Thai Noodle is, perhaps, the best bang for your buck when it comes to Thai food in San Francisco. King of Thai is a tiny hole in the wall located on Clement Street in the Inner Richmond. The giant purple awning is tough to miss, though.
Let’s begin with the food – for the price, and portion size, I don’t think there is a bad dish on the menu. Everything hovers around eight bucks or less. Depending on your mood, the yellow curry with beef and sweet and sour chicken over fried rice are both winners.
What makes the food taste even better is the fact that the preparation time never exceeds ten minutes. This can be attributed to a couple of things – On any given evening there are about seven different people working. There are usually two to three chefs behind the counter. They quickly greet you once you enter and immediately offer to take your order. That’s certainly a plus if you are in a hurry.
King of Thai is definitely great for takeout. If you do decide to dine in, however, there are a handful of small tables at the rear. (By the way, the offer FREE delivery as well.) This place isn’t popular for its ambiance either. To tell you the truth, it’s down right dirty, but the food more than makes up for that. As a broke-ass, cheap and delicious trump ambiance any day of the week.
As an added bonus, King of Thai is open late. If you happen to be in need of some food after a night of boozing they should be able to help.
King of Thai Noodle House
639 Clement St. (between 7th and 8th Ave.)
Photo courtesy of Yelper Mariela D.