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

Seconds Please Jun 20, 2008 01:16 PM

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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    kc72 RE: Seconds Please Jun 20, 2008 01:21 PM


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      Robert Lauriston RE: kc72 Jun 20, 2008 01:44 PM

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

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        kc72 RE: Robert Lauriston Jun 20, 2008 01:52 PM

        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
          Pei RE: kc72 Jun 20, 2008 03:17 PM

          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. JasmineG RE: Seconds Please Jun 20, 2008 01:52 PM

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

      1. wdot RE: Seconds Please Jun 20, 2008 02:04 PM

        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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          Robert Lauriston RE: wdot Jun 20, 2008 04:20 PM

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

          1. re: Robert Lauriston
            steve h. RE: Robert Lauriston Jun 20, 2008 06:23 PM

            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
            hill food RE: wdot Jun 21, 2008 10:23 AM

            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.).

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