Some of the best Thai food in San Francisco is served in this modest Tenderloin corner establishment, which combines elements of a modern urban bistro (stylish metal-topped tables, abstract paintings) with a grab-and-go Thai dive (inexpensive dishes served with blinding speed). There's an Isaan bent to Thai House Express's food, which shows up an engagingly odorific bamboo shoot salad with an electric lime and fish-sauce dressing, as well as several varieties of larb - duck is the most memorable - tossed with onions and fistfuls of herbs. Of course, all the American-approved classics are there, but also tender sautéed squid, slippery rad nah noodles with a gravy you doctor up with the fixings on the table, and the stupendous kao ka moo, anise-scented pork leg stew.
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Extra Info: Parking: difficult during day, easier at night. Muni: 19, 38.