Baan Thai Restaurant
1760 Fremont Blvd., Seaside
Sometimes family beats fancy. At Baan Thai, the waitresses make a sweet fuss over the messiest babies, lunch options under $10 abound, and a plastic cat waves to you all meal long. Regulars come in for tom yum soup and happily dine solo. The spot is tucked into a nook in a strip mall, but nowhere in the county can you find a tastier panang curry. New menu specials include the Baan Thai trout: a deep fried whole fish with a golden-apple relish. Come as you are; leave happy.