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Oct 24, 2011 11:51 AM

Chinese Takeout

We recently moved to the West Portal area and we are looking for a great Chinese takeout restaurant. We don't mind driving 10 minutes to pick it up, so anywhere in the Sunset, Mission, Glen Park are all fine.

We typically get Chicken Chow Mein and a meat dish. Nothing too exciting, but we've tried three places and been horribly disappointed.


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  1. Which places did you like in Santa Clara and which didn't you like here, saves repetition?

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    1. re: wolfe

      We actually didn't have a go to place in Santa Clara either. I would say we ate at China Stix on El Camino & Scott the most because it was convenient and not bad, but I hope to find something better than that. We ate at Mandarin Gourmet a few times before kids and I remember liking it.

      I guess the biggest thing we're looking for are dishes that are not to oily and have nice flavor. The three places we went too here were either coated in oil or had no taste.

      The two places we couldn't even finish our plates were Kathy's Chinese Cuisine on Dewey and New Tsing Tao Restaurant on Ulloa. I can't remember the third place we didn't care for, but it was just below average, not inedible.

      Thanks again!

      China Stix
      2110 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95050

      Mandarin Gourmet
      10145 N De Anza Blvd, Cupertino, CA 95014

      Kathy's Chinese Cuisine
      408 Dewey Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94116

      New Tsing Tao
      811 Ulloa St, San Francisco, CA 94127

      1. re: christieCA

        2 places that seem to have fans within easy driving range are San Tung and King of Noodles, check them out.

        King of Noodles
        1639 Irving Street, San Francisco, CA

        1. re: wolfe

          You won't find many (any?) Chinese American dishes on King of Noodles' menu, so I'm guessing that's not what your looking for. Their soup noodle dishes and black sesame dessert are well worth a trip. I have had their chicken chow mein and wasn't a fan. One of my companions loved it, I found it too greasy but otherwise quite good, and another found it too salty.
          I had their chicken chow mein last week, one person loved it, I found it too greasy but otherwise quite good, and another found it too salty.

          King of Noodles
          1639 Irving Street, San Francisco, CA

    2. one of the best Chinese places in the Sunset is Beijing Restaurant(who accommodate both take out and delivery, Irving St.@40th) , but their best dishes aren't typical southern Chinese-amerikanized. their menu does have some items in that genre (just have no idea of their execution, so they could vary from the expected 'norm'). They make a variety of noodles in-house. you will probably need a little trial and error anyway to find which place best suits your taste and convenience.

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      1. re: moto

        I think the one on Alemany is closer to OP

        Beijing Restaurant
        1801 Alemany Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94112

      2. Have you tried Xiao Loong on West Portal? Nothing terribly "exotic," but it is a nice spot to eat in with good service, and they deliver. Further afield, in Mission Terrace (I believe) is Beijing Restaurant, which has been highly recommended on this board.

        Xiao Loong
        250 W Portal Ave, San Francisco, CA 94127

        1. You can do takeout from the Old Mandarin Islamic Chinese, way out on Vicente. It's a fast drive from West Portal. Some of the items are regional, but even the mainstream dishes are well executed.

          Henry's Hunan in outer Noe close to Glen Park (so take Portola to Clipper to Diamond to 28th) has great smoked ham, potstickers, and velvet chicken.

          There are a few cheap decent Chinese restaurants on Noriega near 21st (Jumbo, another I can't remember next door, Lotus), but I tend to head out to S&T when I'm in the area.

          And of course there's the Eight Immortals on Taraval. Old school Cantonese. Haven't been in a while, but I remember the soups as being very good.

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

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

          Eight Immortals Restaurant
          1433 Taraval St, San Francisco, CA 94116

          Jumbo Seafood
          1532 Noriega St, San Francisco, CA 94122

          Henry's Hunan
          1708 Church St, San Francisco, CA 94131

          1395 Noriega St, San Francisco, CA 94122

          1. Xiao Loong is the only passable option in West Portal. Dishes in black bean sauce are often best there. It's not especially great though.

            Eric's on Church is excellent for the style of Chinese you're after.

            San Tung is decent, and a safe bet. It's a little chaotic for dining in, and their rep. is built off the wings, and other dishes you might not even think to order, but the chow mein is good too. It's probably not going to be one of the top versions you've ever eaten however.

            Now two go to places for old school Americanized Chinese:
            Tung Sing on 24th
            Hong Sing in Glenn Park

            Both are greasy spoons, probably full of MSG, and you'll know in 2 seconds if the foods been sitting too long on the steam table - but these places are worth keeping in mind specifically for a chow mein craving.

            Beijing Restaurant on Alemany probably online look really good, but the reviews sound mixed.

            You're near the Sunset where there's a wealth of Chinese food nearby, most of which is cheap but mediocre. I feel safer eating at Tenderloin dives these days, but there are still places worth exploring. I've had good food at T-28 Bakery & Cafe.

            1757 Taraval St, San Francisco, CA 94116

            Hong Sing
            2794 Diamond St, San Francisco, CA 94131

            Xiao Loong
            250 W Portal Ave, San Francisco, CA 94127

            Tung Sing Restaurant
            4015 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94114

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            1. re: sugartoof

              I recommend reading the health department ratings before eating at Eric's. I have been served food there that should have been thrown out.

              1. re: Windy

                Yikes. Well that's no good. I've always been partial to the place mainly because it was safe, and everything tasted fresh, without mystery meats, or strange low quality cuts.

                1. re: sugartoof

                  If you like that Eliza's spinoff style of food, check out Alice's on Sanchez and 29th. Bland but fresh ingredients, decently prepared, same basic menu.

                  1. re: Windy

                    Thanks. I do tend to like the Eliza's copycats even more than Eliza's itself so Alice's sounds perfect.

                    While on the topic of throwing out food, my last order from Old Mandarin Islamic went right into the trash. Bad oil on the pancake, and tough endless chewing on the cumin lamb. Their posted Health rating is a 69, for what it's worth.

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

                    1. re: sugartoof

                      Eek. I've never taken out from the Old Mandarin, only eaten there. That sounds awful.

                    2. re: Windy

                      I like having lunch at Alice's -- easier to park and lunch specials (M-Sat) are VERY reasonable. Clean and pleasant. I like the spicy eggplant; it's the most non-greasy version I've ever found.