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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Thai Barbecue Chicken from Manivanh

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As a daily windup to the Weekly's Best of S.F. 2010 on May 19, we've teased out 92 of our favorite local dishes that taste like here. All the tasty details after the jump.

Number 49: Thai Barbecue Chicken from Manivanh

We realize it's about as barbecue as a bonbon, but all the same, we're profoundly enamored of Manivanh's Thai-style "barbecued" chicken ($9.50). Hugging the deep end of the 24th Street corridor as it collides with Potrero, beneath the shadow of S.F. General Hospital, Manivanh serves some of the very best Thai food on the city's south side. Grilled, not smoked, the chicken is a standout, with a high proportion of black, charred skin hugging layers of glistening fat and ribbons of ridiculously tender meat. Whether you eat in or carry out, the pieces come laid out neatly in a row, with orange slices and a cup of syrupy dipping sauce riding shotgun. When your eyes roll back, your stomach sags, and you tell yourself, finally, that you can eat no more, take comfort in the fact that leftover bits (you won't have too many) will bestow delicious blessings upon whatever sandwich or salad you toss together for tomorrow's lunch.

Manivanh Thai 2732 24th St. (at Hampshire), 824-6059

Hungry for more? Check out these previous links to our countdown:

No. 92: Cracked Half Dungeness from Swan Oyster Depot

No. 91: Pastrami Sandwich from Orson

No. 90: Coconut Bun from Out the Door on Bush

No. 89: Brown Sugar-Black Pepper Biscuits from Little Skillet

No. 87: Indian Pizza from Zante

No. 86: Tamales from All-Star

No. 85: Chilaquiles from Nopalito

No. 84: Poc Chuc from Poc-Chuc

No. 83: Chocolate Beignet from Arlequin Cafe

No. 82: Scallop Crêpe from Ti Couz

No. 81: Gin and Tonic from Pizzaiolo/Boot and Shoe Service

No. 80: Quesadilla from Rico Pan

No. 79: Turkey Kati Rolls from Kasa

No. 78: Emperor's Pancake from Suppenküche

No. 77: Lasagna from Zuppa

No. 76: Chicharrones from 4505 Meats

No. 75: Langka Ice Cream from Mitchell's

No. 74: Bacon Potato Chips from Who's Your Daddy

No. 73: Lamb Dumplings from Kingdom of Dumpling

No. 72: Chile-Braised Carnitas Sandwich from Bento 415

No. 71: Chili from Mission Burger

No. 70: Croissants from La Farine

No. 69: Xiu Mai Banh Mi from Saigon Sandwich

No. 68: Creme Brulee from Sweet.

No. 67: Limon Cebiche from Limon

No. 66: Chicken and Waffles from Brown Sugar Kitchen

No. 65: Brioche Bread Pudding from Tartine Bakery

No. 64: Turkish Salad from Old Jerusalem

No. 63: Ribs from Bruno's

No. 62: Prupisceddu in Umidu (Stewed Octopus) from La Ciccia

No. 61: Hot and Spicy Beef Jerky from Marin Sun Farms

No. 60: Pozole from Chilango

No. 59: Lobster Roll from Sam's ChowderMobile

No. 58: Dry-Fried Chicken Wings from San Tung

No. 57: John Campbell's Scones from Lovejoy's Tea Room

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