Koh Samui & The Monkey
415 Brannan St, San Francisco, CA 94107
I love thai food and being a neighbor to this place, thought it would be convenient to have a local take out joint. The food is forgettable, it really is. The crispy tofu was underwhelming and basic - fried tofu with sweet chili sauce from a bottle. How creative is that? They also have tiny portions for most of their dishes and I could not help to think...why bother? It is clear that the chefs at this place either do not understand thai food or, worse, just do not care. I would not drop another $50 here, when there are so many other great thai places in the city and in fairly close proximity to this one. It is over-priced yuppy chow, typical for the neighborhood.
2092 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94107
This little gem is in my neighborhood so I frequent it often. The food is mostly above average, but the service is where this place shines. The owner is uber friendly and welcomes you with the grace of a true host. The fish is fresh and the portions large enough to satisfy, and the overall vibe is just what it should be - a great neighborhood sushi place. I love being able to walk in, sit down wherever I'd like and have a great time doing it. Something about eating here makes me feel good about living in the city...maybe that's the sake talking.