Dim Sum

San Francisco Restaurants

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Photography by: M. Halberstadt

Chinatown has a wealth of great restaurants, but some awful ones too. Watch out for ones that seem "too touristy." The House of Nanking is world renowned for it's excellent hunan food located at the corner of 919 Kearny @ Columbus (421-1429). But watch out, the place is cramped and the service is prompt -- because they want you to leave as soon as possible. Turn tables -- make more $$$. There is almost always a line there; don't ever go at peak dinner or lunch time unless you're ready for a loooong wait. This restaurant, although tasty, is featured in way too many tour books.

Dim sum is a special treat not found in many other American cities. The style is a traditional Chinese lunchtime meal, where the waiters bring around rolling carts of food. The food is "appetizer style" and not usually offered on the menu. Each dish costs about $2, so you can try just about anything at very low risk. Don't bother fussing with "what does this dish cost"; it's not worth worrying about and many servers do not speak english. The dim sum experience is especially fun because everyone shares and you get to try many (delicious) new things.

Dim Sum Restaurants:

Golden Dragon located at 816 Washington @ Stockton.

Grand Palace - 950 Grant Street (Chinatown) 982-3705

Four Seas - 731 Grant Street (Chinatown) 989-8188

Hunan Home's - 622 Jackson Street (Chinatown) 982-2844

Yank Sing ($$$) - 101 Spear (Rincon Center) 957-9300

Fountain Court - 354 Clement Street (Sunset District) 668-1100

Good Luck Dim Sum - 736 Clement Street (Sunset District) 392-1716

Ho & Ho Pastry - 309 Sixth Avenue (Sunset District) 387-5700

Another choice was recommended by J.W. in December 1999, "The best meal I had was the cheapest. The Four Seasons Restaurant on Grant Avenue served my friend and I Dim Sums. Each dish was flavorsome and distinct and the problem was not that we had exhausted the menu (bar the chicken's feet!) but that more food was likely to be problematic as we were on the! verge of rupturing!. The total cost of this fabulous sensory kaleidoscope was $24.00 for 2. The quality rivalled the top SF restaurants where I ate that week and paid many fold more!."

If you'd like to see more of America's most thriving and authentic Chinatown, take a trip to Asia here.

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