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madwrk Jul 8, 2008 06:17 PM

It seems from my search on this board that everyone agrees that Ton Kian is the best, but I am meeting a friend in SF for a couple of days before heading north to Napa and I would like to take her for dim sum in Chinatown on Sunday morning. Saturday is reserved for the Ferry Building. We are both adventurous eaters and not in need of ambiance - just great food. Any and all suggestions appreciated.

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    ginid RE: madwrk Jul 9, 2008 08:11 AM

    I've been going to Dol Ho on Pacific near Stockton for years. It is all about the food, and it definitely meets your lack of need of ambiance!

    1. Pei RE: madwrk Jul 9, 2008 08:55 AM

      When I want to be able to sit down, not necessarily in a great ambiance, but just somewhere a lot quieter than typical dim sum, I go to Louie's California Cuisine. Dim sum is standard to good by Chinatown standards. Personally, I like it a lot better than Ton Kiang. But the one dish that has me going back again and again is the vegetarian rice wrap (chang fen). It's full of mushrooms and vegetables, and a really creative and tasty take on the usual beef/shrimp/bbq pork fillings.

      1. Xiao Yang RE: madwrk Jul 9, 2008 09:15 AM

        Look again. Not everybody agrees the Ton Kiang is best.

        In Chinatown, I'd go to Gold Mountain or Y. Ben House

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        Y Ben House Restaurant
        835 Pacific Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

        Gold Mountain Restaurant
        644 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133

        1. Robert Lauriston RE: madwrk Jul 9, 2008 10:28 AM

          Long discussion on exactly this topic:

          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/411454

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            Xiao Yang RE: Robert Lauriston Jul 9, 2008 11:43 AM

            The OP should be aware that Lichee Garden no longer has dim sum service.

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              madwrk RE: Xiao Yang Jul 9, 2008 01:30 PM

              Thanks everyone. I think we will likely go to either Gold Mountain, Dol Ho or Y Ben House. I also read the other post that I missed earlier with the same basic question.

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