Good Dining in or near Daly City
Living in Pacifica on the edge of Daly City, finding good dining choices close to home has been a challenge. I would love to get recommendations on reliable places where I can grab dinner that is in or near Daly City. I eat any and all cuisines so recommendations on places to try from any cuisine is most welcome. Great Mexican or Chinese options would be a plus.
I think for Chinese, people are going to suggest Koi Palace. Its a banquet type Chinese place but I often order there for takeout. I can either order on the phone and then go pick up or order there and sit for 15 mins and wait. Either way, the best "take out" in the area.
I had the most inedible restaurant meal of the last five years at Joe's. It didn't smell great either (that too much antiseptic smell). It's a place for people who haven't ventured beyond Joe's for the last twenty years. Bangkok Garden is serviceable at best. Not inedible like Joe's, but not particularly interesting, mall'd Thai food.
I would recommend driving into the Sunset, it's not that far, and other than Koi, there isn't anything in DC that can compare.
Has anyone been to Fung Wong? It's on Gellert on the other side of Hickey from Koi Palace. Just wonder what a Chinese place in the shadow of the great one might be like. For take-out dim sum, baked goods, I like TC Pastry, but that doesn't help for dinner as it closes around 6pm or so.
re: Melanie Wong
Fung Wong is just down the street from my house. We have only ordered for delivery, but their food is consistently good. Not GREAT. We like the salt and pepper chicken wings and the walnut prawns.
I live in Daly City, and you're right, there is not much here. It's funny how it's the most populated "Filipino" city outside of the Philippines and there is not one mention of a Filipino place on this thread. My family likes to go to Ongpin for no-fuss Filipino food. It's a bit dirty sometimes, but hey, feels like home. (ha) For a nicer ambiance, Intramuros just opened earlier this year. Same stuff as Ongpin and other places, but they have their own twists to traditional dishes.
You can find a recent blog post here: http://jobostonisafoodie.blogspot.com...
Thanks, jo! I've been curious about Fung Wong after trying a small Chinese place that's but two doors away from a well-known and much more expensive HK restaurant in Millbrae. It turned out to be quite good and inexpensive, and I wondered if there might be other examples of solid places that serve the local trade in the same way.
427 Gellert Blvd, Daly City, CA 94015
Banana Island won't disappoint-in Westlake Shopping Center. They serve a combination of Thai, Singapore and Indonesian. I never share the "pancake" appetizer, delish served with a light curry dip. Don't be put-off by the fact it's in the shopping center, as soon as you go thru the door, you are in another land.
I have had some decent Cantonese food at King Wah Seafood, nearish Westlake.
I also liked Ongpin for Filipino, which is technically in South San Francisco - though still only 10 minutes from you.
I have heard that the Vietnamese place near Westlake is OK. I haven't been though and I don't remember what it's called. Maybe Pho something?
I ate at Porridge King once (next to Ranch 99 Daly City) and thought it was pretty good. That was for lunch though.
Depending on where exactly you live, getting to parts of San Bruno isn't that far either. According to Google Maps, Sunny Shanghai (best xiao long bao I've had in the Bay Area) is only 14 minutes away from Pacifica. And Sajj (recently written about on chowhound) has good reviews for Middle Eastern. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6083... Plus other restaurants on this street are worth exploring.
Also, once you know where good places are in southern San Francisco, it's not very far to drive there either. Some ideas include: Shin Toe Bul Yi (Korean on Taraval), Mandarin Islamic (Vicente), S&T Hong Kong Seafood (Noriega), Beijing Restaurant (Alemany and Ocean)...
Hope this helps....Dave MP
Old Mandarin Islamic Restaurant
3132 Vicente St, San Francisco, CA 94116
S&T Hong Kong Seafood Restaurant
2578 Noriega St, San Francisco, CA 94122
King Wah Restaurant
209 Southgate Ave, Daly City, CA 94015
1801 Alemany Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94112
Han Bat Korean Restaurant
2001 Taraval St, San Francisco, CA 94116
189 El Camino Real, San Bruno, CA 94066
73 Camaritas Ave, South San Francisco, CA 94080
482 San Mateo Ave, San Bruno, CA
55 Skyline Plz, Daly City, CA 94015
re: Dave MP
some really good mexican in south san francisco too. in the downtown part. There is La Perla. good old sit down place : http://www.yelp.com/biz/la-perla-cafe...
and then there is La Tapatia Mexicatessen they close at 7 though, but really good burritos... no seats counter in a grocery store. http://www.yelp.com/biz/la-tapatia-me....
And never been there, but someone who i trust on all issues mexican food really enjoyed Los Compadres. http://www.yelp.com/biz/los-compadres...
the latter two are on Grand, and Perla is ~2 blocks up on Lux.
re: Dave MP
Chinese: Lily Cafe at the corner of Junipero Serra and School/87th. The decor is nothing to speak of, but the food is hot, cheap, and good.
Koi Palace if you want to go dim sum.
Estrada's Kitchen is decent Mexican, just at the edge of Colma on Mission
Right after Estrada's is Jaffa City Cafe - Arabic/Greek style, tasty, cheap, good
No thanks on Val's and Joe's.
Best place in town is the bakery - Nora's on San Pedro
Koi Palace Restaurant
365 Gellert Blvd, Daly City, CA 94015
Jaffa City Cafe
7622 El Camino Real, Colma, CA 94014
Have you tried Goodfellas Pizza in the Back of the Valley in Pacifica? I like the pizza and they have the best beer happy hour around: $2 for Prohibition or Big Daddy IPA until 5p. I usually skip Daly City and head into SF if I'm looking for good food. Broken Record on Geneva is better than anyplace I've found in DC. Maybe there's an opportunity in the area for something good.
1166 Geneva Ave, San Francisco, CA
Grand Avenue in S. San Francisco has a lot of restaurants. For Chinese, we like the Grand Palace.
I've had decent, no-frills Italian at DiNapoli. For a more intimate dining experience, there's also Buon Gusto.
There's also a couple of restaurants near the Century Plaza theatre (about north from Westlake SC). I remember seeing Japanese and Kome (the buffet place - never tried this place but I've noticed the long lines whenever I drive by).
359 Grand Ave, South San Francisco, CA 94080
224 Grand Ave, South San Francisco, CA 94080
Di Napoli Pizzeria & Restaurant
202 Grand Ave, South San Francisco, CA 94080
Kome Sushi Buffet
1901 Junipero Serra Blvd, Daly City, CA 94014