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Dim Sum near civic center??

Where can I find a good dim sum place within walking distance from the civic center? It can be order at the counter, but preferrably the traditiobnal sit down with carts. Thanks for any input!

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  1. You can't. There isn't any. The closest is a MUNI ride away. If someone would open a dim sum place close to Civic Center I would celebrate with champagne and a stupid party hat and go there for lunch every single day.

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    1. re: JoyM

      I thought of something else...Red Jade on the east side of Church just south of Market serves a $5 dim sum sampler attractively arrayed in a big wood steamer basket, that is a solid "B" grade. You get a lot for the money. with a small soup this plate would make a great lunch. And their broth is much better than the average low-end Chinese restaurant dishwater. About the proximity to Civic Center - just hop on Muni and you'll be there in 5 minutes.

    2. Depending on how desperate you are, I think I remember folks say that Moonstar Buffet - Market & 8th or 9th St. has dim sum on their buffet.

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      1. re: gordon wing

        I think they got a bad newspaper restaurant review.

        1. re: gordon wing

          They do. It's mediocre, at best. Sort of "hey, there's dim sum. Ah, what the hell, I might as well give it a try..."

        2. I'm pretty sure they serve some dim sum choices at the Asian Art Museum on McAllister just north of Market. I don't know if you have to pay admission to just eat in the restaurant.

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          1. re: niki rothman

            According to the posts linked below, no admission charge to eat in the restaurant.

            Asian Art Museum thread -
            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

          2. I saw a place on the North West corner of Market and Polk that advertised Dim Sum. Can't recommend it as I did nothing more than drive by on my way to Jury Duty, but it's there.

            Liz

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            1. re: Euonymous

              I wouldn't call Polk street "walking distance" from the Civic Center, but it is a short hop on MUNI. I'm guessing you saw an ad for the place on Cyril Magnin St., as I believe the NW corner of Polk & Mkt is a hotel.

                1. re: Euonymous

                  That is something Garden, I think Mandarin Garden on the corner of Franklin and Market. But where Polk hits Market is actually what becomes 10th Street, so it definitely is in Civic Center. There is a chinese food place at that corner (Polk and Market) that does Chinese/Japanese food and says it has dim sum, but I have been unimpressed with anything I have tried from there. Perhaps the dim sum is where it shines - wouldn't that be fantastic?

                  1. re: Meredith

                    Franklin and Oak (just up from Market) is Mandarin Village but they don't do dim sum. http://sanfrancisco.citysearch.com/pr...

                    1. re: chaddict

                      I knew it was near Destino so searching through that. Hunan Garden is (I believe) the place I was talking about. They have had the 'dim sum all day' sign up for at least a year and I think they started having hawaiian plate lunches.
                      I have never been, and have no idea how the food tastes, or if it gets crowded as I just drive by in the mornings.

                      http://sanfrancisco.menupages.com/res...

                      The dim sum part of the menu can be found near the bottom after the Lunch Specials

                      1. re: chaddict

                        Hunan Garden's prices for dim sum are rather high but they do make their own. Here's my post from 2 years ago, haven't been back since so things may have changed in the interim.
                        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

                      2. re: Meredith

                        Oops...you're right. I was confusing Polk and Powell. Mandarin Garden is on Franklin, but a block or two N of Market (Oak?) and doesn't have dim sum. They are good, though, but always really crowded.

                        I haven't noticed anything Chinese on Polk and Market except for a really scary-looking take-out joint.

                  2. There's a place on Market called Folk Look near Zuni Cafe that serves dim sum. All you can eat buffet type of thing. Haven't been, though.

                    Philip