I was On The Road Again this last week to my favorite town in California, San Diego, where I lived for 20 years.
I stayed in downtown San Diego for the first time as I was working a big travel convention there, and I dined with friends at a fantastic new Asian restaurant at the base of their building called Sovereign Thai at 1460 J. Street. We let them select the dishes and I couldn’t have been more pleased. We started with a Thai beer, always good after a long drive, and then had the Lao Papaya Salad.
This was unlike any salad I have ever tasted, and I have been in Thailand. It was fresh, spicy, totally crunchy, and we all loved it. We moved on to Lao Beef Salad and Thai-Style Steamed Chicken and Ginger rice. Next up was spicy Thai Basil Lamb skewers, and my favorite was the Hat Yai Fried Chicken. We tried fat tallow fried rice and purple sticky rice, which combined sounds like an awful lot of rice, but each was unique in its own cooking way. For dessert we finished off with the mango rice.
The place is sparkling clean, a wonderful accommodating wait staff, high table and low table seating, and a great view right out the window to the neighborhood park.
Be sure to go and tell them how much the writer from Las Vegas loved it.
Thanks to Robyn Spencer, the manager of group sales for Belmont Park for turning me on to this marvelous restaurant.