Thai Idea! Look, they had this sign on the other side:
The menu is very, very vegan-friendly. It's all vegetarian, and almost everything has a little "v" indicating it's vegan, and everything else has "vo" for vegan option. Looking online now, I can see that the only things without a vegan option are the desserts, but I never even saw a dessert menu while I was there.
Now, if you read this blog with any regularity, or know me in real life, you probably know that I stopped eating fish long before I stopped eating meat or dairy or eggs. It is not sustainable to eat any fish. Large wild fish populations are obviously so decimated that unless the whole world works quickly to create large marine protected areas, or marine preserves, they will all go extinct very soon. But small fish are also incredibly vulnerable, and "disappearing" (being netted) at rates that are not sustainable for keeping any sort of edible sea life for future generations. We use these small fish to make fish meal, fish oil, and also lots of the weird mix-o-fish frozen crap people eat, and many other things. Here's an article about the effect that our fish meal usage has on our oceans' ability to survive. And here's just one of the more recent articles about fish stock depletion (I read them all!). I've cared about this one issue more than any other for a long time, and I do intend to write more about it in weeks to come.
But the reason I bring it up now is because one thing I'd never had yet was vegan fish! I mean, I know fish is delicious, but it's just morally incorrect to eat it currently. Thai Idea had a veggie fish menu item, the Panang Avocado Shirimp. Of course it was the most expensive thing on the menu. But I had to try!
I couldn't resist also getting a Thai Iced Tea! I haven't had one in so long because most places don't have soy milk (or, actually, I think it might use condensed milk, which is even rarer to have in soy than just soy milk). Not that I actually ever ask them, I just assume and say, "I don't want to spend the extra money anyway." But hey! I'M ON VACATION.
We were the only ones in the place, but it was really good! You should probably go there if you're in San Francisco. I told the woman working there I was taking pictures for my blog, and she encouraged me to post on Yelp. I know Yelp is a huge make-or-break thing these days for restaurants, but I don't Yelp. Or Tweet. Or even quite understand what Instagram is. BUT, I realize now I must take these things on, because someone who knows what's up told me I do, and she's right. I'm a smart woman, I can do this. I mean, if I can file inheritance taxes and ride my bicycle with no hands and figure out insulin and crap, surely, it's not beyond me to tweet. And I will, as soon as I remember my password! And, dammit, I will get on Yelp and write a review of this place, because I liked it, I think omnivores would like it, and I enjoyed their hints of veggie evangelical zeal.