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Jan 8, 2013 04:44 PM

Best Bao in SF/Napa?

My wife and I are heading to SF and Napa in a month or so and I have a strange obsession with Bao. Any great places besides "Out the door" in the Ferry Building?

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  1. I haven't had bao at Out the Door, so excuse my question: what type of bao are you looking for? There's pork buns, chicken buns, mushroom buns, egg custard buns, sesame buns...

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    1. re: bobabear

      Pork buns would be preferred but I am up to try anything...

      1. re: snowbordinglife

        Good Mong Kok in Chinatown has great fresh bao, however they have a tendency to run out of certain varieties after 11ish to noon. The baos are huge, cheap and delicious. Just take whatever they have. They're a bit rude and speak little English, but plenty of non-Chinese folks are always in line.

    2. There or tons of good Chinese bakeries in SF. Where will you be staying in SF, and will you be taking 101 or 80 to Napa?

      1. Cafe Bakery & Restaurant on Noriega & 21st Ave. has very good baked pork buns.

        1. No Bao in Napa.

          What else are you looking for in Wine Country?

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          1. re: CarrieWas218

            I agree with this. Napa is probably a Bao-Free zone.

              1. re: Melanie Wong

                I have never been there, but from the look of their website it doesn't seem they are.

                1. re: Tripeler

                  I'm fairly certain Dim Sum Charlie's is shut down for the winter. Besides, they don't make it themselves; they are buying it from suppliers in the city and just re-heating it in the truck anyway...

                  OP, do you have any specific requests for Napa other than bao?

            1. re: CarrieWas218

              would agree that no baos are made in napa. any baos present are probably premade elsewhere (chinatown).

              1. re: shanghaikid

                Which means they're probably better than if they had been made locally.

            2. If you're up for trying a food truck, you might want to check out Chairman Bao. I had a superb pork belly bao from there in November.

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              1. re: grayelf

                concur with the Chairman Bao citation. they're made fresh to order, which is very difficult to find in the take out bakeries or sit down places. their stuff is hybrid/fusion in a positive way with the use of fresh veg's and dressings. the prices of course are 3-4x the conventional take out spots which is still around what a decent burrito goes for.