HOME > Chowhound > San Francisco Bay Area >

Discussion

Dan-Dan No-No

  • m
  • Melanie Wong Jan 31, 2002 07:37 PM
  • 11
  • Share

Sometimes the chowhoundy senses fail when sniffing out a new place to try. Last week I wandered into a neighborhood restaurant that had an interesting menu posted featuring Szechuan and Shanghainese dishes in search of a quick lunch. I was greeted in Mandarin...another good sign.

I ordered the Szechwan Dan Dan Noodles (marked with "one chili pepper" hotness on the menu) for $5.25. This turned out to be a pile of mushy soft noodles topped with an overly sweet and creamy homogenized peanut sauce that was not at all spicy, some nondescript chopped veggies, and boiled spinach. Bland and gooey.

Then two staff members started screaming at each other and wouldn't stop even after I asked them for some peace and quiet. I decided to cut my losses, left my inedible lunch behind, and paid my bill without leaving a tip.

If anyone has had a positive experience here, I'd love to hear about it.

New City Lounge
1779 Lombard St.
San Francisco
415-563-1927
Open 7 days a week
11am to 12midnight

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
Delete
Posting Guidelines | FAQs | Feedback
Cancel
  1. melanie,

    tonight we began "steve's dining adventure". a new plan steve has to eat our way up various streets in the city, with no plan and no restrictions other than we follow one street at a time from it's origin to it's end.

    i'm game but not relishing those inevitable experiences such as you had. our first restaurant, out of a whole city full of interesting and unique places to go ended up being- to both our dismay- a chain pizza place. but rules are rules, and in the end we agreed we'd had worse from delivery.

    i'll be keeping you all posted on how the adventure continues...

    rochelle

    10 Replies
    1. re: Rochelle
      m
      Melanie Wong

      Hmmm, I don't like those rules. Can't you work out some waiver system for places that don't give a decent vibe and smell bad? Keep us posted!

      There are a few of these campaigns ongoing that we haven't heard reports on for a while. E.g., Wonki on Mountain View's Castro St., Limster covering Chinese on SF's Geary, and the East Bay contingent BART station eats. What say you?

      1. re: Melanie Wong

        I actually kinda gave up on Geary (Clement was just too close by). *grin*

        1. re: Limster
          m
          Melanie Wong

          Since you're the Clement St. expert (g), here's one for you. Have you found Fortune Village (post below)? I drove from 8th to 29th on both Clement and Geary today and couldn't find it. I'm wondering if it could be Fountain Court which is 5th and Clement.

          I abandoned the search and went to Sun Wu Kong for lunch instead.

          Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

          1. re: Melanie Wong

            Haven't come across this place.....Fountain Court is the only shanghainese type place I've been to around t here...but I'm more familar with the places from 12th Ave and below.

            Sorry I couldn't help you here. I should go back on my Clement beat soon. Haven't been back to many of those places for many months.

            1. re: Limster
              n
              Nathan Landau

              This reminds me of Jonathan Gold's stated ambition to eat at every restaurant on Pico Blvd. in Los Angeles, working his way west from Downtown towards Santa Monica (initially by bus!). He claims to have gotten as far as Century City.

        2. re: Melanie Wong
          s
          Shepherd B. Goode

          In the day, we would start at South Mission and Warm Springs, in Fremont, and attempt to have one drink in every club, bar, tavern, and pub, all the way to 14th and Broadway in Oakie. Once actually got as far as the Port Light at 50th & East 14th. Best to start that trip around 9 in the A.M.

          A chow-sweep of Mission would be equally varied and surprising. Everything from pupusas to Afghan to Korean to Prings, and fast food outlets from small, dubious chains.

          .I've already tried most of the crummy ones...

          1. re: Shepherd B. Goode
            m
            Melanie Wong

            I knew you'd have some tales to share, Shep. Do tell!

            1. re: Melanie Wong
              s
              Shepherd B. Goode

              Shep doesn't really remember too much of those particular excursions. I think we usually started at the Gasthaus on Old Oakland in Milpitas. Lingerie shows and live blues at lunchtime, yes indeedy. Still a good party bar, with a highly...variegated clientele.
              Not too many other high spots on the Mission Blvd creep. Some old-timey neighborhood places. And we'd stop at Pring's for burgers, cause our dessicated driver knew some of the waitresses...shouldn't this be on some other board?

              1. re: Shepherd B. Goode
                m
                Melanie Wong

                Maybe it should be on another board, but last time I checked Webtamer hadn't set up an XXX section yet...

          2. re: Melanie Wong

            we do each get two bye's so if something looks *really* scarry we can opt out. but i think i'll save mine for the cleanliness, odor factors as you suggest.

            and i don't think i mentioned it's a gamble with all restaurants on one block put in a hat and drawn from. otherwise we'd be on irving the rest of our lives! so much food, so little time....