side street thai kitchen / north park | san diego, ca


Mary is a San Diego native and has been a food blogger for 11+ years. She is an avid reader, a lover of puppies, and loves trying new food. Foods she loves: sweets, peanut butter, pasta, Triscuit crackers with cream cheese, and extra nuts on top of her sundaes. Food she dislikes: pickles, really spicy food, runny eggs, olives, and too much arugula.

8 Responses

  1. johnwoo says:

    Orange Chicken and Wonton Soup has nothing to do with Thai cuisine but is Chinese cuisine and spicyness doesn’t define Thai food. Ra-ka-de-ka is very westernized Thai food but has actually more to do with Thai food than this restaurant. Try Sab-e-lee for some reasonable authentic Thai in SD

  2. mary says:

    Okay, I guess I should have stated that they didn’t actually get “real” Thai food, but they wanted to get what they got and it was a bit different than what they usually order, so in that sense they tried something new. I am by no means an expert on various cuisines but am happy when others try new things, even if they’re only slightly different. Thanks for the suggestion on Sab-e-Lee – I’ve heard of it before but I thought it was another type of cuisine for some reason!

  3. hi mary – the sab e lee in santee is owned by the original owner of the first sab e lee (in linda vista on ulric). they have more variety in their menu as well. my fave is the issan sausage and the pine cone fish (santee location).

    i’ve been thinking oftrying this thai place. one of my friends just ate there and liked it. plus it’s near heaven sent! and urban solace! (hey, those biscuits….)

    by the way, my daughter and i were at plaza bonita today and were trying to find that gelato place you blogged about, paciugo. they must have closed becuase even tho’ they were on the directory, we could not find it where it was supposed to be. #$%@! it’s a shame – they sure didn’t last long.

  4. mary says:

    hey cc – thanks for the info on sab e lee. the only time i ever go to santee is to get donuts… which reminds me, i have never blogged about the donut place before. damn. side street thai is good in my opinion – we totally went to heaven sent afterwards and splurged on desserts. totally worth it.

    that’s a total bummer the gelato place is closed! too bad. i wonder if this other gelato place i really like is still there… it’s in little italy. i’ll have to check it out and blog about it if it’s still there for more gelato options.

  5. hi mary – is that donut shop in santee called Mary’s? I remember someone did a post on it. you have to drive past mary’s to get to sab e lee. you guys should def try it out. there’s dishes on there that you won’t find at other places.

    is that gelato place in little italy called pappalecco? it’s not on the main drag, india. i think it’s on state and cedar. sux about paciugo. i guess gelato didn’t work out in national city.

  6. mary says:

    hi cc – haha, yes, you are right on both counts. i had to look up pappalecco though since i didn’t know the name of that place but after looking at photos of it that is it. they had some kind of milk and white chocolate gelato that i LOVED. aw. now i want gelato. darlene did a post about mary’s donuts and i’ve been a couple of times and taken photos but i’ve been waiting until they have my favorite donut to do a post. maybe i will visit again this weekend…

  7. johnwoo says:

    Pappalecco is still around in Little Italy and they also open a new location in Hillcrest. Their gelato is one of the better ones in SD. The best gelato currently in SD is Chocolat. They have two locations – one in the Gaslamp which is great for a late night snack after the clubs and Hillcrest. Both Pappalecco and Chocolat tend to be better on the non-fruit based gelato.

  8. hi mary, that’s right, it was darlene’s post! well next time you go to mary’s donuts, just head a tiny bit east on that same road and you’ll find sab e lee the owner is supernice and he always remembers his customers too.

    the guys who own pappalecco are flirts too! 🙂

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