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May 20, 2009 11:15 AM

Unhip chinese lunch recommendations (no dim sum, please)

Visiting from Chicago and I'm looking for a neighboorhoody Chinese/Asian restaurant (hole in the walls++) that has excellent food and an unhip atmosphere (sorry, Slanted Door). The other parameters would be that it has to be accessible via BART and a short ride from downtown SF or the Mission District.

I'm not really a fan of dim sum, so a regional Chinese restaurant rec or perhaps a Japanese place would be appreciated. Any menu guidance would be very much appreciated.


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  1. On my last trip into town I had a great late lunch at Beijing Restaurant, which has gotten lots of raves on the board. Definitely not hip. Lots of tips on what to order in the threads you can get to from the link below. I had the pork and napa cabbage dumplings and the meatballs on the Beijing specialties menu (I think these are the ones referred to in some of the linked posts as Jiao Liu Pork meatballs). Loved both dishes, though it was too much food for one person, and the meatballs were better when still hot....

    it is a short ride from the Mission and just under a mile from the Glen Park BART station. I am sure you can connect to a bus from the station; check

    Beijing Restaurant
    1801 Alemany Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94112

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    1. re: susancinsf

      or 1/2 mile easily walking distance from Balboa BART.

    2. Take BART to 12th St. in Oakland (closer to downtown SF than Glen Park) and try Shanghai -- an unpretentious hole in the wall with delicious, authentic Shanghai dishes. Or in the same area, Spices!3 for Taiwan-influenced Sichuan.

      Shanghai Restaurant
      930 Webster St, Oakland, CA 94607

      Spices 3
      369 12th St, Oakland, CA 94607

      1. If you want to stay close in the city, then I'd recommend Bund Shanghai, also a Northern Chinese spot. It's right in Chinatown, so you can catch the BART to Powell Street station and walk up Grant Avenue past all the Union Square stores. Then when you're up the hill in Chinatown, from Grant make a right on Jackson and Bund Shanghai is near the parking garage/garden. (restaurant to the left, parking to the right). They have great xiao lung bao (soup dumplings) and noodle dishes, as well as a lot of Chinese sweets. It's gotten a lot of positive reviews so it has more a mixed crowd on weekends compared to the mostly Chinese on the weekdays. The decor is contemporary and clean but not trying to be a hip place like Slanted Door. (It kind of reminds me of a coffee shop in Hong Kong.)

        Bund Shanghai
        640 Jackson St, San Francisco, CA

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