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RobMaitland Apr 26, 2010 06:51 PM

Going to SF this week. Heard about SpicesII and Canton Seafood and Dim Sum House. Any comments?

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  1. Melanie Wong RE: RobMaitland Apr 26, 2010 11:03 PM

    Spices II doesn't serve dim sum. Canton Seafood is good enough if you're limited to the area around Moscone Center, but far from top notch. Not sure which place you mean as Dim Sum House.

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    Spices II
    291 6th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94118

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      Chandavkl RE: Melanie Wong Apr 27, 2010 09:27 AM

      Actually, "Dim Sum House" is part of Canton's official name. I agree Canton Seafood is fine if you're there, but no way is it any destination. Of course we could probably say the same thing for most of the choices in S.F. Chinatown.

      Also, here is one of the recent dim sum threads for reference.

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6190...

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        Melanie Wong RE: Chandavkl Apr 27, 2010 09:50 PM

        Thank you for parsing that phrase more carefully than I did.

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        Windy RE: Melanie Wong Apr 28, 2010 06:47 PM

        I love Spices and Spices II though--definitely not dim sum, but worth a visit.

        My SF dim sum recs are City View and S&T, out on Noriega near the Beach.

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        Spices II
        291 6th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94118

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

        S&T Hong Kong Seafood Restaurant
        2578 Noriega St, San Francisco, CA 94122

      3. monku RE: RobMaitland Apr 27, 2010 09:41 AM

        When I'm on Clement Street my go to dim sum place is Wing Lee Bakery. Sure it's a take out place, but for that area they have the best dim sum. I'll rough it and eat it there.

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        Wing Lee Bakery
        503 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118

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          tstrum RE: RobMaitland Apr 27, 2010 11:02 AM

          Is Yank Sing any good?

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          Yank Sing
          49 Stevenson St Ste Stlv, San Francisco, CA 94105

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            vulber RE: tstrum Apr 27, 2010 12:32 PM

            Yank Sing can be pretty controversial on these boards. IMO, it's the best dim sum in the Bay Area, but still overpriced.

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            Yank Sing
            49 Stevenson St Ste Stlv, San Francisco, CA 94105

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              walker RE: vulber Apr 27, 2010 09:24 PM

              Yank Sing is my favorite, always satisfies. I'm willing to pay for quality and I don't resent their prices -- (I don't get the $17 piece of fish! And, avoid the Chinese Chicken Salad.)

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              Yank Sing
              49 Stevenson St Ste Stlv, San Francisco, CA 94105

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                benv RE: walker Apr 27, 2010 09:51 PM

                I know that they have two locations. Which one would you say is the better one to go to, the one on Spear or Stevenson?

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                  walker RE: benv Apr 28, 2010 10:52 AM

                  I always go to 101 Spear; I've heard it's the main one. I don't sit in lobby; I've been told it's best to sit near the kitchen door -- get the carts as they first come out. If I don't see what I want pass by, I just ask the head server for my table to get me the item. Never a problem. (I HAVE TO GET: shrimp dumplings, soup dumplings, peking duck (it's a portion for one), minced chicken in lettuce cup and egg custard tarts. The pea shoot dumplings are good, too.)

                  It's best to get one thing at a time, eat it, and then get more items, fresh. Oh yes, I love it that they take reservations and I get there by about 1pm, before they start to run out.

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                  MargotB RE: walker Apr 28, 2010 12:55 PM

                  Not to get too off-topic, but I like their dim sum (among other things, less greasy than most) AND their Chinese Chicken Salad. Wouldn't get the salad as part of a dim sum-focused meal, though.

            2. chefj RE: RobMaitland Apr 28, 2010 11:56 AM

              You should really check out the long discussions already in progress on this board. Yank Sing being a source of contention is an under statement. There is lots of good information to be culled form these endless threads .
              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5843...
              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5889...
              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7004...
              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7002...

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              Yank Sing
              49 Stevenson St Ste Stlv, San Francisco, CA 94105

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