Walter Mencken 5:01 p.m., Nov. 25
Open and Shut: New Thai with Street Sausages
Street Side Thai Kitchen (3025 University Ave., North Park, 619-228-9208) is a tiny place, mainly for take-out, but it's open seven days for lunch and dinner (on weekends until 11 pm, yay!) Their lunch specials ($6 - $10) are most popular with local office workers, but their dinner dishes are more intriguing -- especially appetizers. If you've ever been lucky enough to eat at one of the back-street barbecues of Bangkok (some of the famously best food in Thailand), if you tried sausages, they were likely sausages from the northeast (an area spelled Isaan, E-san, E-saan, etc.). Street Side offers these sausages as an appetizer. They have other non-routine apps too, plus the standard array of Thai soups and entrees, with a choice of Jasmine rice, brown rice, or northern-style sticky rice. Something tells me they're on to something good.