Chances are you live a stone's throw away from a Thai restaurant in your neighborhood, and you've got a go-to local favorite for pad thai like Chai Thai Noodles when you're not in the mood to cook. Or maybe it's Old Weang Ping Village, the 30-year-old East Oakland restaurant that recently changed ownership, the more upscale Soi 4 Bangkok Eatery in Rockridge, or Berkeley's Wat Mongkolratanaram for their street vendor-style outdoor brunch on Sundays (I'm partial to their roti mataba, a thin, fried flatbread filled with curried vegetables and served with cucumber and peanut dipping sauces.) Lately, however, I often find myself traveling north of Berkeley, where there's quite a few wonderful Thai eateries clustered in the Albany, El Cerrito and Richmond locales. Like East Oakland, you'll find a solid offering of Vietnamese, Lao and Thai cuisine from its Southeast Asian community. Let us know your favorites in the comments, and check out this related post on East Bay Laotian eateries.