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Nov 15, 2007 04:26 PM

Eating in SF Chinatown

We are leaving for San Francisco tomorrow to spend a week and we are hoping for some fantastic Chinese food (any kind, szechuan, cantonese, etc.). We have no idea of where to go in Chinatown and we are looking to you fellow foodies for advice. We will have our well-behaved 9 year old son with us, though this is not a deterrent because he loves all kinds of food--just need the place to be kid friendly'ish. Any suggestions?

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  1. Almost all places in Chinatown are kid-friendly.
    My favorite place in Chinatown is Great Eastern (Cantonese).
    Most people on this board think Chinatown is not the best place for the best Chinese food. However, it's worth bringing the kid there because there is so much to gawk at on the streets. Very exciting, especially after dark. Reasonably safe after dark. Park in the garage on Kearny between Washington and Clay. Great Eastern validates parking there. Lunch time is crowded, dinnertime less so.

    Great Eastern Restaurant
    649 Jackson St, San Francisco, CA 94133

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    1. re: Joel

      If there are places outside of China town, we might be interested in that, too. What places do people think are best that are not in china town?

      1. re: liveforfood

        Koi Palace in Daly City (bordering SF just south) seems to be one of the consensus picks.

        1. re: liveforfood

          Koi Palace, for sure, but that's out of town and not easily accessible by any form of transit. Spices and Spices II in the Clement St. "New" Chinatown are good for spicy Taiwanese/Sichuan food, and Shanghai House and Shanghai Dumpling king (both on outer Balboa St.) are good for Shanghai style "small eats" but I wouldn't recommend either for dinner. Shanghai Restaurant in Oakland's Chniatown is actually easier to get to (by BART) and is good for both lunch and dinner.

          1. re: liveforfood

            All the best Chinese restaurants are scattered all over the Bay Area and put the Chinese food in Chinatown to shame. Besides Koi Palace in Daly City you'll find them in places like Millbrae, Milpitas, Cupertino and other suburban communities. However, I suspect given you'd be best off in Chinatown because of the atmosphere as well as the proximity to other points of interest, and where the food should be good enough.

        2. Also consider R&G Lounge on Kearny (1/2 block from garage) for good cantonese.

          1. Ok, hate answer a question with a question. Since you have a 9 year ago are in more interested in food or seeing the interesting Chinese food places.
            As already stated the best food may not be in Chinatown, but there is history in Chinatown.

            1. You might want to peruse this thread from earlier in the year.


              1. I was told by a Hongkong-born Chinese shop-keeper that the 2 best Chinese restaurants in Chinatown, in his opinion, are Great Eastern and R&G Lounge. I tried both, and they are GREAT!

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                1. re: klyeoh

                  they are both very good, and vert presentable. There are other places that are much smaller, cheaper and more 'hole-in-the-wall" places that I'd go to that will land you good food as well.

                  I like Utopia Cafe, Hon's Wun Tun House. If you want dimsum Gold Mountain is pretty good too.