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Mar 30, 2009 11:39 PM

Teens and noodles in SF

We're heading to SF from SD and we all love Chinese/Asian restaurants. We'll probably do a dinner at Slanted Door but I'd like any recs for a decent noodle restaurant, hopefully in Chinatown for the ambience. We're staying near the Ferry Building and are doing the tourist thing but my teens are pretty adventurous, although some of the more gamey features in Chinatown NYC put them off a bit.. ;-)

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  1. I'm surprized that no one has chimd in here. Time to bump this up.

    I finally got to Heaven's Dog this weekend, eating from the dining room menu. But I found myself wishing I'd gone to the noodle bar out front. Then again, if you'll be going to Slanted Door, it might be overkill to go to Heaven's Dog too. Same chef at both places, even if the cuisine is totally different.

    Surely the hounds must have some noodle advice that doesn't involve sketchy neighborhoods or too-challenging menus?

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    1. re: BernalKC

      Not the same chef. Same owner. I don't think Phan has any "chef"role at Heaven's Dog -- the executive chef is Andy Wai.

      There's got to be a noodle joint in Chinatown, but I'm drawing a blank.

      1. re: BernalKC

        What genre of noodles are you looking for? Soup noodles, chow fun, pho?

        Actually, I think some Chinese dude is running the kitchen at Heaven's Dog. Although the food is pretty similar, in a high style fusiony way.

        I think Bund Shanghai has some noodle dishes, in Chinatown.

        My other noodle place in Chinatown, Hon's wun-tun, would probably scare the bejesus out of the kids.

        For cheap noodles, there is King of Thai in Union Square.

        And my favorite place, Turtle Tower, is clean and perfectly safe in the daytime. Great Northern Vietnamese style chicken pho. There is also BTW, a new pho place right next door. Haven't been able to try it because Turtle Tower or Lers Ros just sucks me in.

        1. re: sfbing

          Soup noodles or chow mein kind of stuff. Anything vegetarian, they love. One of my friends suggested R and G Lounge in Chinatown...does anyone know it? It seems like it does everything and isn't necessarily a noodle house. We had fun at the one we ended up at in NYC anyways. The kids kept quoting Andrew Zimmern of bizarre foods saying "this one tastes a little "barnyard-ish" but I'm hoping to find something that has not just offal- type offerings with them around! Thanks for the suggestions so far.

          1. re: keena

            Well most every Chinese restaurant in Chinatown serves some noodle dishes, so in that regard R&G would be typical. But I don't think anybody goes there for the noodles. Hon's Wun Tun across the street would probably be my first choice for a noodle specific restaurant.

            1. re: Chandavkl

              I love Hon's but I think it definitely falls in the category of "gamey ambiance." Also I get the feeling they are also looking for stir fried noodles as well.

              This came up in another thread--how about Great Eastern for lunch? They have various soup noodle and stir fried noodles. Plus, it is clean and they can also sample dim sum.

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

              Hon's Wun Tun House
              648 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94108

              1. re: sfbing

                Thanks! Now are there any "must do places" at the Ferry Building?

                1. re: sfbing

                  This is good. Restaurants are nearby so they can peer in first. Wha'ts "gamey"? I thought it was the experience of walking through Chinatown and seeing the hanging ducks in the window! :-)

                  Great Eastern is a great rec for clean place w/variety. One of my friends held her 40th birthday party there, and we had a great time. I think they also validate parking in case you're not walking.