It's always happy hour when you consult your Spirit Guide. Your best friend for bar-hopping lets you in on the drink and food specials, tells you where the music is (and isn't) and helps you find the perfect spot. A great night out starts with Spirit Guide.
3619 Copper Ave NE (Upper Nob Hill)
11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday through Saturday; 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday (subject to change)
A sign outside Salathai advertises vegetarian specialties, and perhaps the most special of them all is the eggplant delight. It’s like a Thai version of ratatouille, with purple eggplant, onions, garlic, basil, and red and green pepper. The menu is strong from end to end, but the seafood dishes are the strongest, especially the fish dishes. A sweet piece of tilapia is batter-fried to a light-brown crisp and smothered in a floral green curry. Decadently greasy catfish gracefully absorbs a shredded salad in a sweet, tangy sauce. Thom kha talay, a coconut seafood soup, is aromatic and packed with proteins. The mussels and herbs are a simple bowl of comfort, delivering the distilled essence of the ocean. (Alibi Staff, September 3, 2010)