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Quick and Good (preferably Asian) for post-airport pickup. SF, Daly City, Millbrae?

I'm picking up friends from the airport tonight (Friday) around 9:15 PM, and I'd like to go somewhere for a quick bite directly afterwards....Asian food would be great (Chinese, Vietnamese, Burmese, Korean), and it's important that there are at least a few vegetarian things.

Millbrae could probably work, or Daly City, or parts of SF (preferably the southern 1/2 of the city). Thought about Kingdom of Dumpling on Taraval - they're open until 10 PM I think. Shin To Bul Yi would have been great, but it looks like they close at 9.

What's open late that could work? Somewhere on Taraval or Noriega maybe, or even on Irving. Or in South City or near the airport?

Dave MP

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  1. It's too bad Shanghai Dumpling Shop (related to Shanghai Dumping King) in Millbrae is only open until 9 p.m.

    I'd go to Kingdom of Dumplings. It's a cut below SDK but it's good. Marnee Thai on Irving is very good and open until 10 p.m. and Thai places are generally veggie friendly.

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    1. re: ML8000

      Yeah, I've actually gone to Shanghai Dumpling Shop from the airport with the same friends before, and it was good. But I'd probably want something different anyway.

      I'm worried that we wouldn't get to Kingdom of Dumplings until almost 10....ideally we'd be heading somewhere that's open past 10, like 10:30 or 11. Anywhere else in the Sunset? Not that excited about Thai for tonight, but could be OK in a pinch

    2. Zen Peninsula in Millbrae about 10 minutes from the airport. Open until 10

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      1. re: estnet

        What would you get at Zen Peninsula? I've only been there for dim sum

        1. re: Dave MP

          Three weeks ago Zen Pen had posters up for live king crab. The season only lasts a few weeks, but maybe still available.

          1. re: Dave MP

            I especially like their claypot eggplant - really good carmelization. I've like everything I had mostly. Egg whites and scallops with egg yolk and brocolli, lots of shrimp dishes and if you ask they will do 1/2 orders of many dishes (if I go alone and want to order too much).

          2. re: estnet

            I think 10pm might be cutting it too close. The Kitchen opens until 1 am, and indeed I've been there at 11 pm when there were no empty tables.

            1. re: Chandavkl

              What's good at The Kitchen? (again, aside from dim sum?) Probably looking more for faster/snackier items (dumplings, quick noodle dishes) and less for a full seafood meal (crab, etc). I see their menu online, and it looks a bit pricey for tonight. Although definitely worth visiting in the future.

              1. re: Dave MP

                I liked the nontraditional items, such as the egg white dishes (crab or fish paste) and the honey pepper short ribs.

                1. re: Chandavkl

                  The stir-fried milk with egg whites and fish paste is really good.

                  1. re: wally

                    Yeh! It almost seems like they put mayo in it, but my guess is it's the milk.

                    1. re: Chandavkl

                      We order it every time we go there. Asian Pearl in Richmond has tried it but doesn't get it as good.

          3. Spices in the Richmond is open late. Ideally I'd find a sort of Sunset/DalyCity/SanBruno/Millbrae equivalent of this....but I suppose I could go to the Richmond if necessary

            1. Since you mentioned Burmese, Innya Lake in San Bruno is open until 10 on Fridays: http://www.innyalakerestaurant.com/ We had a chowdown there many years ago, but I haven't seen any recent reports.

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              1. re: Ruth Lafler

                Little Yangon is also supposedly open until 10 on Fridays, though I'd call first to make sure.


                1. re: Ruth Lafler

                  Interesting, thanks. I've passed this place and wondered about it. Could be a good option....

                  Dave MP

                2. Toyose is open until 2am - great fried chicken and fun place.

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                  1. re: scarmoza

                    fun, but not much vegetarian friendly stuff.

                  2. There's a new hot pot place called hot pot garden on Taraval and 21st. I believe it's open till midnight on Friday nights. It has gotten pretty good reviews. You can choose to do set menu or all you can eat/drink.

                    1. Thanks everyone for the help. I ended up picking up my friend at about 9:15, as planned. I had called both Kingdom of Dumpling and Innya Lake to confirm that they'd be open at 9:30 or so, and they both said yes. We ended up deciding on Kingdom of Dumpling, so we drove to Taraval. Got a parking spot right outside K of D, and then went to the restaurant to see that they were packed. There was also a group waiting outside the restaurant. The staff said they were closing at 10, and since a table for us wouldn't be ready *until* 10, we couldn't eat there. So, that was out.

                      Next, we drove to Irving Street, and we ended up at Marnee Thai (the one at Irving and 23rd Avenue). Got a table right at 10, even though they were about to close, and ordered quickly. The proprietor (who I remembered from my previous visit in 2008) took our order, and was pretty pushy about what we should get. She suggested the homemade hotcakes (similar to banh khot), and summer rolls. We also ordered several other things.

                      What came to the table only marginally matched what we ordered. I had ordered shrimp summer rolls, but we got vegetarian. A DC ordered tom yum soup, but that never came, nor did some noodles with crab that we ordered. We also ordered a shrimp dish, that came out with chicken instead. I mostly found this all pretty funny - it was understandable that certain dishes maybe weren't an option that late at night, but the proprietor could have just been honest about this....but anyway, what we ended up eating was mostly very good. Highlights were the hotcakes (a nice crispy, coconutty shell - although I scooped out the corn in the middle since I didn't love this addition) and pad kaprow with chicken (this is the one we had ordered as shrimp, but the chicken was delicious and spicy). We also had the corn fritters, which I thought were dull, and vegetarian summer rolls were just OK. Red curry tofu was decent, but didn't have much in the way of vegetables - just tofu and bamboo shoots. Prices are fair, and we were only charged for what we received (not what we ordered), so we all left feeling happy. It was nice that we were able to be seated at 10, even though that was when they were scheduled to close.

                      Thanks again for all the other suggestions....perhaps Kingdom of Dumpling will consider extending their weekend hours!

                      Dave MP