The Original Sab-E-Lee is one of our favorite Thai restaurants in San Diego. The first location used to be a little “shack” on Linda Vista Road, but has recently moved into a new location just down the road.
The restaurant’s menu has stayed largely the same. On our first visit, we didn’t know what was special here and ordered some of the more “Americanized” Thai dishes. However, now we knew better and ordered some favorites as well as a couple of new items.
The papaya salad is my absolute favorite dish here, and we always order it – green papaya slices, mixed with peanuts, green onions, tomatoes, and dried shrimp, in a fish sauce, lime juice, and chili sauce. This dish hits all the taste senses and is refreshing and super flavorful.
Another must-order here is the Thai (Issan) sausage, a Northern Thailand specialty. The sausage is made from ground pork and a mix of herbs, grilled and served with ginger slices, peanuts, cilantro, and cabbage.