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Jun 8, 2012 07:40 AM

One lunch in Chinatown

I'm passing through on the way to the wine country on a Wednesday in late June. My wife and I have but 1 meal which I would like to be in Chinatown, although I could be swayed. My only requirements are that it be reasonably priced and non-chain. I am not much of a seafood lover although my wife is. With those perameters could you steer me in the right direction?

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  1. For your wife seafood at Great Eastern. For you the rest of the menu.

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    1. re: wolfe

      Note that Great Eastern serves dim sum (order from a check-off menu, not cart service) at lunch as well as their regular menu. That might actually work well. If it was good enough for President Obama ....

      1. re: wolfe

        Great choice but be aware that if you do go, they open at 10:00 each day but you will have to wait if you arrive any later than 10:45/11:00. The wait will depend on the day of the week and time. There is a reason that there is a wait and that most of the people waiting are Chinese.

      2. Which Chinatown? Oakland or San Francisco?

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        1. Yuet Lee on Broadway & Stockton is also known for their seafood. the rest of the menu is fab also. open till 2 a.m. yuet lee has no dim su.
          yuet lee cuisine more "hole in the wall" style while great eastern is more formal..

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          1. re: shanghaikid

            Second Yuet Lee. My go-to place in Chinatown. Salt and pepper squid and scrambled egg and prawn for the wife, and squab and dry fried beef chow fun for you. Maybe I'll see you there. Hideous decor, all the money's on the plate.

            1. re: shanghaikid

              In between in price and ambiance would be The Garden Restaurant, next to the Hilton hotel.