Maneelap Srimongkoun

San Francisco

Laotian food might be hard to come by in San Francisco, but it's not a far cry from the Southeast Asian cuisines of Vietnam, Thailand, and Singapore. Eating at Maneelap Srimongkoun in the Outer Mission is a lesson in Laotian cuisine. The food has the same profile of bright, layered dishes as its neighboring cuisines, but the touch of unfamiliarity makes it taste that much better. Try the pork rice balls and Laos sausages. Oh yeah, and the bargain-like prices (you'll be hard-pressed to find anything over $10) makes the restaurant extra-attractive.