Dining in the Haight? If the touristy cafés don’t appeal to you, check out the flavorful dishes at Siam Lotus Thai Cuisine (1705 Haight St., 415/933-8031, daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m., $7–13). You’ll find a rainbow of curries, pad thai, and all sorts of meat, poultry, and vegetarian dishes in the Thai style.
Look to the lunch specials for bargains, and to the Thai iced tea for a lunchtime pick-me-up. Locals enjoy the casually romantic ambiance at Siam Lotus, and visitors will make special trips down to the Haight just to dine here.
© Liz Hamill Scott from Moon California, 2nd Edition