Rec's for Szechuan or Hunan in SF?
- shnigglebob Feb 4, 2007 12:32 PM
Looking for best recommendations for spicy Szechuan or Hunan cuisine restaurants in San Francisco. Nothing fancy, just good food. Read a little about Hunan Homes and Szechuan Trenz... but what are your opinions?
Go to Hunan Homes and Szechuan Trenz (aka Spices I and II). I don't know enough about Hunan food to know if Hunan Homes is authentic--my friends who took me there are from Taiwan--but the food's good. (See today's NY Times magazine for an article on the origins of that classic "Hunan" dish, General Tso's chicken.) Try the hot pot with pork blood.
And I love Spices--also Sichuanese food filtered through Taiwan. Lots of past posts here on what to order there.
I like Hunan on Sansome. Always order the hot & sour beef and smoked ham (which need lots of steamed rice). Also like the dumplings, eggplant salad, and chicken salad.
There are three branches, the other two are called Henry's Hunan. But I like the Sansome location the best. I think they're the only one with beer on tap.
Another good Sichuan restaurant in a different part of SF is Zone 88. They serve really excellent spicy dishes. Here's a description of a hotpot lunch that 18 of us on Chowhound shared: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/355697
Zone 88 is on San Bruno Ave. between Silver and Silliman in the Portola district of SF.
Another vote for Brandy Ho's. We much prefer their smoked ham dish to Hunan's. Also, Hunan uses too much oil for our taste.