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Sep 30, 2007 10:27 PM

Dim Sum Layover

We have a 5 hour layover for an international flight at SFO (probably more like 3 1/2 after check-in). Would someone be so kind as to suggest were we might be able to get some great dim sum on a Friday late-morning that we could reach by public transit from SFO? We are willing to head into the City on BART, if need be, but I also remember having great dim sum in San Bruno a few years back. Suggestions much appreciated!

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  1. You're in luck. It's a less-than-5-minute hop from the International Terminal to Millbrae on BART. Millbrae has a number of good dim sum venues; I'll leave it to others to debate which one is best, or you can search. I think they are all walkable from the Millbrae BART station.

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    1. re: Xiao Yang

      HK Flower Lounge and Fook Yuen are within walking distance. Does The Kitchen serve dim sum? If so then it is also within walking distance.

    2. My best friend swears that the Hong Kong Flower Lounge in San Bruno, is the best in the Bay Area. I'm too lazy to drive down there to find out.

      I personally like Yank Sing on Spear Street, in downtown SF, about a 2 block walk from the Embarcadero BART station.

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      1. re: tanglenet

        Hong Kong Flower Lounge is in Millbrae, not San Bruno. It's better than Yank Sing -- it's as high quality, less expensive, and it's more ... I hate to use the word "authentic" but it really is.

        To answer the question "is it walkable?" for BART, the answer is a resounding "yes" -- it's just across the street, in fact, from the Millbrae BART station.

      2. Hong Kong Flower Lounge in Millbrae is my favorite dim sum in the Bay Area and it is easily accessible from SFO.

        We have eaten there several times before flights out. Anytime we have notified the staff -- "we're catching a flight we will need to be done & paid by xx o'clock" -- they have been very accommodating.

        1. Thanks for the quick and numerous responses. The Hong Kong Flower Lounge sounds great and would allow us to have a leisurely meal as opposed to watching the clock on a trek to the City.

          1. Millbrae has by far the best geographic concentration of high quality dim sum in the Bay Area so even if you were not coming from SFO you'd probably be advised to go there. I suspect Hong Kong Flower Lounge is not at the top of most Chowhounds list, though, since as the most longstanding of the bunch perhaps its time has passed. First prize may go to Zen Peninsula, the Kitchen or Asian Pearl, all on El Camino Real in Millbrae. But you certainly won't go wrong at any of the places mentioned here.