Zaab means "tasty" in the northeastern Thai dialect (it's unrelated to Mission Street's Zabb ― a different spelling of the same word.) Owner Kriengkrai Amornratanakosol (don't ask us to pronounce the name) showcases northeastern Thai cuisine with more than two dozen salads, a handful of seafood dishes, and several recognizably Thai-traditional dishes like pad thai, gai yang (grilled chicken), and tom zap (spicy hot and sour soup), as well as many lunch specials. Peruse the extensive menu of more than a hundred items, and it's clear that more than two-thirds of the dishes are priced at $7.95 or less. There are currently a couple of grand opening deals (free Thai iced tea with orders $20 and up, free dessert, etc.) posted, valid till Sept. 30.
Clement Street loses a late-late night eatery but gains a tasty replacement, literally anyway. Let us know if you try the food before we do.
Zaab Northeastern Thai Cuisine: 908 Clement (at 10th Ave.), San Francisco, 831-4010; open daily 11 a.m.-3 p.m., and Sun.-Thurs. 5-10 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 5-10:30 p.m.