In the olden days when I worked in downtown Oakland, good pad thai was cheap and plentiful. Then I changed jobs and the local thai joints in my 'hood either raised their prices or went downhill.
So now I'm on a hunt for superior pad thai. No gummy noodles, no grease-bombs, no "suck-the-flavor-OFF-my-tongue" blandness.
I work on SF Embarcadero and live in the Lower Haight but am willing to travel.
PS-Please don't recommend Chili Cha Cha Thai, while some if their menu items are good, their Pad Thai has been consistently bland with unacceptably gummy noodles.