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where to eat in chinatown? [San Francisco]

I'll be in SF for a the first time in a few weeks and will be in chinatown to shop around and was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for a place to eat? Dim sum?

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  1. The better dim sum places in SF are not to be found in Chinatown, unfortunately. However, you could try Lai Hong Lounge http://www.yelp.com/biz/lai-hong-loun... which is a sister restaurant to one of my favs (Hong Kong Lounge).

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    1. re: bobabear

      Here's a link to the discussion on this site about Lai Hong Lounge
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8664...

      1. Not dim sum, but consistently, one of the best Chinese restaurants in San Francisco is R&G Lounge on Kearny. It's been there a long time. It isn't cheap and it can be crowded, but it's very clean and very fresh.

        In many's opinion, the best Cantonese in the US.

          1. Yay! Seems so hard to get an answer to that question!

            1. I visit SF often and camp near Chinatown. Realizing that the best Chinese food is found elsewhere, I have found a few places I enjoy:

              Z&Y for Sichuan and other dishes
              City View is just a little outside Chinatown and has good dim sum for the area.
              Lai Hong sounds promising and is on the list for my next trip.

              1. I like City View for Dim Sum.
                I find I can be a bit thirsty afterwards. but nothing beats those won ton soup cups where the soup is IN the won ton.

                Otherwise I love Hunan Homes and have since I was a teenager. That is still my go to for IN china town

                1. For seafood I'd go to Yuet Lee. It's a hole-in-the-wall but the seafood will be fresh, if not exactly cheap. Use to be a after hours hang for chefs.

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                  1. re: ML8000

                    I second Yuet Lee. Get the salt and pepper squid.