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What are the best Chinese restaurants in Marin?

plainfood Sep 8, 2011 12:51 PM

I dined at my favorite Chinese restaurant in SF recently with two friends from San Rafael, one of them Chinese-American. They were so delighted with the quality of the food, I was curious and asked them about comparable restaurants in Marin County. It seems they've given up on finding Chinese restaurants and usually go Thai. Hounds, what are your favorite Chinese restaurants in Marin?
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    Thomas Nash RE: plainfood Sep 8, 2011 01:53 PM

    From what I know, here are directions to the best Chinese restaurants if you are in Marin. Get on 101S, bear right after the GGBridge, at the first exit from 19th Ave turn right, then left, at the next block turn left again and head up Clement St. ;-)

    1. wolfe RE: plainfood Sep 8, 2011 02:07 PM

      Anna has taken many bullets for the team.


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        Malcolm Ruthven RE: wolfe Jun 25, 2012 09:26 PM

        I don't think Anna has ever met a restaurant she didn't like.

      2. Scott M RE: plainfood Sep 8, 2011 02:24 PM

        I avoid Chinese restaurants in Marin. I made a few attempts but everything I found is Americanized fare.

        1. Civil Bear RE: plainfood Sep 8, 2011 04:58 PM

          Which Chinese resto did they like in SF?

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            plainfood RE: Civil Bear Sep 12, 2011 04:58 PM

            We took them to David Deng's Crazy Pepper (San Jose @ Geneva). They were particularly happy with the Meatless Chicken with String Beans; in fact, they insisted I bring it to a party at their house this weekend.

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              Civil Bear RE: plainfood Sep 13, 2011 10:28 AM

              Ah, I'm not familiar with that one. The vast majority of Chinese restaurants in Marin are Americanized type places. My two favorites in this genre are Ping's in San Rafael (a bit more old scholl) and China Village in Novato. Nothing spectacular, just good standard fair.

              Ping's Mandarin
              817 Francisco Blvd W, San Rafael, CA 94901

              China Village
              107 San Marin Dr, Novato, CA 94945

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            chuckl RE: plainfood Sep 12, 2011 06:41 PM

            Have you been to Harmony?

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              demitasse04 RE: plainfood Jun 25, 2012 03:36 PM

              PING'S in San Rafael, hands down. Tommy's Wok in Sausalito. Also another one near by whose name escapes me. Kirin is my favorite in the "area" but in Santa Rosa. I found Harmony reaching but not quite grasping.

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                The Librarian RE: demitasse04 Jun 25, 2012 08:20 PM

                Feng Nian in Sausalito? It's near Tommy's Wok but on the other side of Bridgeway.

              2. Sarah RE: plainfood Jun 25, 2012 04:43 PM

                Yet Wah and House of Lee in SR and Feng Nian in Sausalito are decent+ -- if you watch what you order...

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                  Malcolm Ruthven RE: Sarah Jun 25, 2012 09:21 PM

                  I went to Yet Wah in San Rafael once several years ago and that cured me forever. It was quite poor food and a shadow of its long-ago self on Clement in San Francisco. My Chinese-from-Taiwan friend had the same opinion.

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                    Malcolm Ruthven RE: Sarah Jun 25, 2012 09:22 PM

                    I've had several (many?) quite good lunches at Feng Nian over a lot of years, varying from spectacular to OK-good.

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                      DBO RE: Malcolm Ruthven Jun 25, 2012 11:13 PM

                      Clement Street and the East Bay are not that far away from Southern Marin. Ping's, Yet Wah, Yu Shang, House of Lee, Harmony, etc., are all adequate, sort of like the best Chinese restaurant in a medium sized town in suburban Chicago or New York. But, there are virtually hundreds of better Chinese restaurants in SF, Oakland, or even El Cerrito. Marinites just don't know how bad it is here

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                    Malcolm Ruthven RE: plainfood Oct 3, 2012 01:08 PM

                    I had lunch today at Yu Shang in San Rafael, the first time I've been there in all the years of driving by. Overall, quite good. No, not spectacular, but a good rendition of everything in the Hunan Prawn lunch special. Hot & Sour soup - Very good balanced flavor and not too much cornstarch. Edd roll - Good version of this standard item. Hunan Prawns - Generous serving (I took half home) of very flavorful prawns and assorted Chinese-type veggies, a bit hot (not fiery hot). They also have a sushi bar that gets good marks on yelp.


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