Chef Pat Parikanont opened Thep Phanom Thai Restaurant, named after a Thai angel, in the Lower Haight-Ashbury district in 1986. Set within an older grand Victorian building, she felt it was the perfect showcase for her family’s exquisite collection of century old Thai antiques and Victorian window treatments with just a touch of the 60’s kitsch. (It’s the Haight after all!) Her timing was perfect as San Francisco restauranteurs were leading a movement to put the city on the gastronomic map by using only the freshest seasonal ingredients available. Thep Phanom is a cozy neighborhood restaurant where her clientele ranging from artists and web designers to downtown investment bankers, feel comfortable savoring the best Thai food San Francisco had to offer. Patrons are seated and immediately made to feel at home by any one of the friendly smiling employees adorned in traditional formal Thai attire. On any night, it isn’t unusual to see local celebrities or chefs dine in or request carry-out.