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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.


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  1. For diner food that is cuts above your basic greasy spoon, try Boulevard on John Daly Blvd.

    1. I've always liked Bangkok Garden on Southgate, sort of behind the Westlake mall. Nothing out of the ordinary, but well prepared and friendly.

      Also in the Westlake area you might try Joe's, if you can get into some retro Italian food.

      1. 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.

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        1. re: lamster

          Thanks for the suggstions, I've had dim sum and sit down dinner at Koi Palace, will have to try them out for take out. I haven't heard of Bangkok Garden and Joe's, will put them on the "to try" list.

          1. re: luckytomato

            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.

        2. 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.

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          1. 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...

            1. re: jobostonisafoodie

              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.

              Fung Wong
              427 Gellert Blvd, Daly City, CA 94015

          2. Boulevard Cafe is a decent option for "American food." Their apple pie with caramel sauce a la mode is good.

            Boulevard Café: American Food in Tomorrowland (or in this case Daly City)

            Boulevard Cafe
            2 Poncetta Dr, Daly City, CA 94015

            1. You might also try Porridge King on Southgate in the Ranch 99 complex for Chinese comfort food.

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              1. re: jsteingarten

                Is Dim Sum King still in that shopping center? Or Tai Wu(?) in that other center? Been a couple of yrs since I've been to either one.

              2. 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.

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                1. re: charlotteowens

                  how did i forget banana island? it's an old favorite. i'm happy with the roti with yellow curry and the beef rendang. green veggie curry is good too.

                2. 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

                  Beijing Restaurant
                  1801 Alemany Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94112

                  Han Bat Korean Restaurant
                  2001 Taraval St, San Francisco, CA 94116

                  Sunny Shanghai
                  189 El Camino Real, San Bruno, CA 94066

                  Ongpin Noodles
                  73 Camaritas Ave, South San Francisco, CA 94080

                  Sajj Restaurant
                  482 San Mateo Ave, San Bruno, CA

                  Porridge King
                  55 Skyline Plz, Daly City, CA 94015

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                  1. 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.

                    1. re: kairo

                      THanks! I love Mexican food. Will have to try all three.

                    2. re: Dave MP

                      The Pho place at Westlake is decent enough, but really nothing special. I like that they serve some of the non-beef phos in small, medium, or large sizes.

                      Pho Huynh Hiep
                      West Lake Shopping Center
                      85 Southgate Avenue
                      Daly City, CA 94015
                      (650) 992-3814

                      1. re: Euonymous

                        There's also the Pho place in the Ranch 99 shopping center. Much nicer service and I think the food is better too. They also have rice plates.

                    3. 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

                      1. 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.

                        Broken Record
                        1166 Geneva Ave, San Francisco, CA

                        1. 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).

                          Grand Palace
                          359 Grand Ave, South San Francisco, CA 94080

                          Buon Gusto
                          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