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.
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When you arrive at a pop-up restaurant 35 minutes before service is supposed to begin, and there’s already a crowd milling around the outdoor patio, and a cheery host tells you to expect an hour-long wait — you imagine that the meal is the draw. When the food doesn’t measure up to your expectations — admittedly pretty high under the circumstances — you wonder if the kitchen isn’t playing catch-up to marketing — the sort of fashionable frenzy only a well-oiled social networking machine can generate.