Chances are you live a stone’s throw away from a Thai restaurant in your neighborhood, and you’ve got a go-to local favorite for pad thai. These days I often find myself traveling north of Berkeley, where there’s quite a few wonderful Thai eateries clustered in Albany, El Cerrito and San Pablo locales.
Chef Alex Ong is leaving Betelnut Restaurant (also briefly known as Hutong) after twelve years of cooking there. The East Bay resident may not be cooking the famed Betelnut shredded chicken lettuce cup dish during his time off (just yet), but says he looks forward to being a dad and relaxing with his family. And yes, pizza is on his mind.