Food Truck Bite of the Week: Pad Thai at Phat Thai

Lou Bustamante
Our weekly bite explores the city's food trucks, one at a time, highlighting our favorite mobile dishes and snacks.

The Truck: Phat Thai
The Cuisine: Thai Cuisine
Specialty Items: Pad Thai
Worth the Wait in Line? Definitely

A big serving of stir-fried noodles is classic street fare, but it's something we usually experience inside a restaurant rather than outdoors. Setting out to change that is Phat Thai, the truck from the family that formerly ran Rama Thai on 2nd and Geary almost a decade ago. The experience served them well and shows in the fantastic Pad Thai ($8, stir-fried rice noodles, homemade pad thai sauce, tofu, egg, bean sprouts, green onion, cilantro, choice of chicken, beef, prawns (+$2), or vegetarian).

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Rather than a showing up as an overly sweet, clumpy mess of noodles, Phat Thai makes their version taste vibrant, with a homemade sauce that strikes a balance of sweet, tangy, pungent, and bright. The generous portion of springy noodles also manages to stay separate, rather than become one big pad thai dreadlock. With crisp vegetables that add a nice contrast, juicy and flavorful meats, it's a big step up from your standard place. I can't vouch for how traditional it is, but it is fast, satisfying, and fresh.

Because half the fun of Thai noodles is dressing them up with spice, Phat Thai also has a spice bar, with heat levels ranging from one (Siracha) to four (really spicy chilies in lime juice and fish sauce). If you're a spice wimp or like to go thermonuclear on your food, the spice bar is a nice touch.

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Location Info



Phat Thai

San Francisco, San Francisco / Bay Area, CA

Category: Restaurant

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Sean McHugh
Sean McHugh

I look forward to trying their Pad Thai based on this review, but am I the only one wondering why I don't seem to get the VALUE I expect from food trucks??? I have been enjoying offerings at OFF THE GRID and SOMA STREET FOOD MARKET for quite some time now but recently started to consider the value I am getting from the trucks compared to traditional brick & mortar places. Feel like the novelty & cool factor is there with the trucks, but NOT seeing the value I feel should be present when the trucks have less invested than most brick & mortar places that invest in a community and have substantially greater over-head and more risk not being able to change location at the turn of a key. Isn't it time that the food trucks provide a better value for our money? Let us not forget the traditional places that are there every day and may be a better deal, albeit less novelty for our dining dollars!!!! I want BANG, not just FLASH for my BUCK!!!! Happy Dining!

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