Y Ben House Retreat?
I attempted to get an informative response to the question, "Where do the locals who frequented Y Ben House now go for early morning dim sum?" in the thread about the place closing (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8058...), and failed.
Here is another attempt.
When it was was still operating, there would easily have been 75-100 patrons inside when it opened very early in the morning. There is no way Dol Ho (across the street) could have absorbed them.
So, where do they go now?
Please give a definitive answer if you know.
I suspect they've scattered among the other cheap nearby places open for breakfast, e.g. ABC, Washington Bakery, Great Oriental.
ABC Bakery Cafe
650 Jackson St, San Francisco, CA 94133
Washington Bakery & Restaurant
733 Washington St, San Francisco, CA
848 Washington St, San Francisco, CA 94108
re: Robert Lauriston
Robert, I had the same thought. I don't think the places you mention do dim sum. Do you really think they gave up on dim sum at that hour? Is Dol Ho the only alternative? If it is, it must be VERY crowded. I may have to find out the hard way the next time I have an opportunity - next June.
I have been there (last June, I think - yes, there is a pattern here), and I believe they did have the "special" - choice of congee or noodle/soup dish and fried Chinese bread - which is very good and a great deal. Did not know about the ha cheung. Thanks for the tip.
Several years ago Lichee Garden was our go to place for early dim sum. It was very good and a nice atmosphere. Then, they stopped doing dim sum and/or early anything. We found out about Y Ben House which became the alternative. Now, it is closed.
Still, no early dim sum except Dol Ho?