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Need recs for great Dim Sum in SF

Staying at a hotel near the Embarcadero, will have a 3-day muni pass, so getting around is no biggie: I need honest to goodness recommendations for great Dim Sum in your fair city. Nothing touristy please, my favorite spots in London, Seatle and Toronto are basement dives under mom-and-pop restaurants in alleys where the food is great, place is full of local workers, English is just an aid to sign language, and prices are reasonable.

So, what you got SF? why and where? and best times to hit them.

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  1. You should do a search on this board.This topic has been talked to death. You will find that there is much debate on the"best". Good luck!

    1. I hve been eating dim sum for 50 years. Used to always go to the Yank sing which is still a fine place, but my wife and I have settled on City View as our go to place. There is no view but the food is wonderful and a good variety at reasonable prices. It also puts you virtually in the heart of Chinatown so you can dine on dim sum and then view Chinatown. Not a bad combination.

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      City View Restaurant
      662 Commercial St, San Francisco, CA 94111

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      1. re: Hughlipton

        I haven't been to City View in years, because I was so turned-off by my experience there (which was that, at least during the week, it's full of and caters to Financial District types who aren't very discerning). Is it different on the weekend?

        It sounds like the OP might like Dol Ho.

      2. For non-fancy good, hot, cheap. Try Louies California Chinese. After that Great Eastern. Louies is on Washington/Kearny walking distance from Embarcadero.

        I eat at City View often for business lunches. It is a very clean business lunch type of place definitely not homey hole in the wall.

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

          1. re: Nancy Berry

            Here is the link to Louie's. This is not a cart place (some people care). I actually prefer hot from the kitchen. They give you a checklist. Stuffed Eggplant is particularly good.

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            Louie's California Chinese
            646 Washington Street, San Francisco, CA 94111-2106

          2. Huh, that feature that automatically adds related topics at the bottom seems to have been turned off. Topic 316011 has more info than you could hope for.