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Sep 3, 2008 06:43 AM

Best lunch in this area?

I'll be visiting SF later this month and DH and I are arriving to early to check into our hotel. We'll most likely drop our things off at the hotel and go in search of lunch...

wondering if anyone has a good lunch suggestion for something in the area of 480 Sutter St, union square area.

I'd like to take DH to a dim sum place (with carts... adds to the fun I think) but we're open to suggestions.

We're east coasters, love good food, hole in the wall places, decent prices, family owned/run places are a plus...

let me know what you've got...



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  1. You'll be an easy walk (via the Stockton Tunnel) to Chinatown, so all threads about dim sum in Chinatown will be pertinent. Gold Mountain, on Broadway, is the classic dim sum-with-carts palace. I'm also fond of Y Ben House, a very large hole-in-the wall (carts, too) which is often dissed by those who don't know daikon from decor.

    Gold Mountain Restaurant
    644 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133

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    1. re: Xiao Yang

      There were some recent downhill reports on Gold Mountain, although I wouldn't totally dismiss it on that basis. If you really want a hole in the wall, try Dol Ho.

      Dol Ho
      808 Pacific Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

      1. re: Ruth Lafler

        I'd warn the OP that Dol Ho seems to be the Tu Lan (or Sarah Palin) of dim sum restaurants; either you haved an almost religious devotion to it, or simple can't find any redeeming qualities in it.

      1. My wife and I went to Gold Mountain at about 12:00 on a weekday a few weeks ago. It was probably 75% full. We were seated at the last table in the back right side which was counter to the flow of carts. Also seated next to us was the only other non Asian in the place. We waited for about 5 minutes without a cart appearing. I got up and asked the hostess about seat reasignments since there were some available. She replied in the negative. We left without eating and walked over to Y Ben. We were seated in about 15 minutes with a couple of other customers. All were friendly as was the service and the dim sum was good.

        I have now crossed Gold Mountain off our list. We also enjoyed Canton later in the week.