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Jun 20, 2008 01:16 PM

Puzzle: Cable Car Dim Sum w/ Kids Under 90 mins

We have family in town Saturday and they are excited about going to Dim Sum around 11am. They aren't the adventurous type but are being awesome by breaking out and trying something "new." They want their chowhound hosts to show them a good SF time... so the pressure is on.

The puzzle is that we only really have 90 mins before we have to head out to afternoon plans.

So where the heck do you take a 6 adults and 3 kids to dim sum close to the cable car around 11am without bumping into a line or wait.

Is this unrealistic?

Does anybody take reservations?

Thanks for the tips in advance.

- Stephen

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    1. re: kc72

      Good call. I didn't expect much given Tian Sing's location and tourist clientele, but the food was good.

      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        Yeah it serves the OPs needs.

        Their site says dim sum from 11-3 daily but doesn't mention anything about reservations, but the OP can try calling.

        Tian Sing Chinese Restaurant
        138 Cyril Magnin St, San Francisco, CA 94102

        1. re: kc72

          I like Tian Sing too. It's new, clean and bright, which should soothe tourists and newcomers to dim sum. But the food is good and comes out piping hot, which makes it acceptable to even discriminating dim sum eaters.

          Louie's California Cuisine is rarely crowded and pretty "safe" as far as adventuresomeness, but I'm not sure it's right on a cable car line.

    2. Yank Sing takes reservations, though it'll be pricier than other places.

      1. Yank Sing is the best and no other place in SF is worthy. Bold statements, I know. It would seem like it's a doable walk given that it's on Stevenson right off of Market. Have fun and please have some extra Har Gow and Siu Mai and mango pudding for me.


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        1. re: wdot

          Yank Sing takes reservations. The Rincon branch is close to the east turnaround of the California St. cable car.

          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            no need for reservations if you go early enough. i like the rincon center location. for me, it's the weekend place to go when the weather is bad.

            re: california st. cable car. it's the only one not crowded. always a good choice.

          2. re: wdot

            whoever has the "best" in SF is a loaded statement, but Yank Sing is new-user-friendly, consistently not greasy or gloppy and easily cable car accessible. Plus on a Saturday, it's a bit off the beaten path of most daytrippers (referring to Stevenson Pl.).