I first had Pad Thai at Kings Oriental Express on Mission Gorge years ago. It was and still is great and every other Thai restaurant fell short of that benchmark.
Others were too sweet, too sour, or looked like something else entirely. So when eating Thai food elsewhere I always order something else to avoid the letdown. My wife will not even risk it.
The other day I braved getting the Pad Thai at Sab-E-Lee and they are the only place that was close to what Kings has. Nice balanced complex sauce, limes to squeeze onto it, and thin noodles. My picky wife agreed this was the only one in the ballpark of Kings.
Fans of Sab-E-Lee's Pad Thai may want to put Kings on your list of places to check out. They are open Mondays and take CCs.
Now that said, all the Pad Thai fans what places measure up to those?
2405 Ulric Street, San Diego, CA 92111
King Oriental Express
6171 Mission Gorge Rd, San Diego, CA 92120