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Aug 8, 2009 03:37 PM

5 days in sf with in-laws equals mostly chinese food...your top 5 please!

well, our sf trips are normally foodie trips, meaning anything goes, except for this one. love them to pieces, and sure would not want to bring them somewhere knowing they'd eat but not enjoy. i can understand for some people it is hard to change preferences and tastes in your mid 70s, especially if you have not been too adventurous all your life...

on the positive side, they'll eat anything chinese, and thankfully the regional differences should make for some exciting variety. i'd really appreciate your input for different regional cuisine favorites in and around sf. authenticity will definitely score more points over nouveau improvisation. or to use a japanese metaphor, they will prefer the traditional sushi tastes to someone like nobu or any fusion influences. they have no problems with pigs' ears or big gelatinous fish eye balls. thank God! doesn't have to be glitzy, but clean (aka 'at least a 'b' rating from the health dept would be good').

i know koi palace will be on the list.

we *might* be able to convince them to try some non-chinese but asian cuisines thatare similar. thai and vietnamese is possible, indian and japanese definitely out.

thanks for your help.

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  1. Great Eastern
    Bund Shanghai
    Jai Yun
    Old Mandarin Islamic
    Koi Palace(given)

    Jai Yun
    680 Clay St, San Francisco, CA 94111

    Old Mandarin Islamic Restaurant
    3132 Vicente St, San Francisco, CA 94116

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

    Beijing Restaurant
    1801 Alemany Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94112

    Bund Shanghai
    640 Jackson St, San Francisco, CA

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    1. re: wolfe

      adding to your SF list:
      San Wang
      Bow Hon for the fish salad
      Shanghai Dumpling King
      Shanghai House

      outside of SF:
      Everyday Beijing, San Mateo
      Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot, San Mateo
      Trend Restaurant, Mountain View (lunch buffet)
      Darda Seafood, Milpitas
      Chinjin Eastern House, San Jose
      China Village, Albany
      Lily's House, Lafayette
      Little Sheep, Union City/'Little Shen Yang, Union City

      Everyday Beijing
      637 South B Street, San Mateo, CA

      San Wang Restaurant
      1682 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94115

      Bow Hon
      850 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94108

      Shanghai House
      3641 Balboa St, San Francisco, CA 94121

      Shanghai Dumpling King
      3319 Balboa St, San Francisco, CA 94121

      Riverside Seafood Restaurant
      1201 Vicente St, San Francisco, CA 94116

      Trend Restaurant
      400 Moffett Blvd, Mountain View, CA

    2. Z&Y Garden for Sichuan, Jai Yun for banquet-style Shanghai tasting menu. SF only?

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      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        Great China in Berkeley is worth a detour for great Shandong / Korean Chinese specialties.

        Great China Restaurant
        2115 Kittredge St, Berkeley, CA 94704

          1. re: wolfe

            That's less of a challenge at Great China than at some of the other places mentioned, since their specialties are flagged on the menu.

              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                IIRC there's a whole page titled "Chef's Specials"

                1. re: Ruth Lafler

                  On the on-line menu there are about 46 flagged house specialties.

                  1. re: wolfe

                    Ate there tonight. New menus organized differently. No more specialties listing.

            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              Second both of these recs, especially Z&Y, which was a real revelation. I'm actually taking my mom, who introduced me to Great China!

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            1. South Legend, Milpitas for outstanding Sichuan food

              1. Hong Kong Lounge on Geary and 17th (under new management) has been pleasantly surprising me with its exceptional dim sum (and lines to rival Koi Palace). Took a table of 10 Chinese people from Taiwan and Los Angeles, ages 11-60, there last week and got rave reviews all around.

                The attention to detail, huge portions, availability of both classic and new dishes, piping hot food, and reasonable prices are all winners in my book. We spent about $15 each and had seven boxes of leftovers, for food I thought was almost if not as good as Koi Palace's.

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                1. re: Pei

                  This sounds great. Will definitely check it out when next in SF. A lifetime ago (late 70s) I lived at 17th and Fulton. I have a feeling it was there in a different incarnation.

                  1. re: c oliver

                    Definitely; this incarnation hasn't been open more than a few months, and is thriving so far.

                    1. re: Pei

                      Looking forward to it. That's a tough nabe (traffic, competition) so I hope it continues to do well. To me that's one of the best areas.

                  2. re: Pei

                    Pei's family get-together sounds like a good reference point: