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smalltowngrl Jul 30, 2013 01:09 PM

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. bobabear RE: smalltowngrl Jul 30, 2013 03:04 PM

    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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      Melanie Wong RE: bobabear Jul 30, 2013 03:14 PM

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

    2. wolfe RE: smalltowngrl Jul 30, 2013 03:30 PM

      Great Eastern.
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8860...
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9023...
      and 1 golden oldie
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1829...

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        hankstramm RE: smalltowngrl Jul 30, 2013 05:34 PM

        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.

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          mrsflynn RE: smalltowngrl Aug 1, 2013 07:58 AM

          Hunan Homes on Jackson

          1. Shrinkrap RE: smalltowngrl Aug 4, 2013 02:26 AM

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

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              Ogawak RE: smalltowngrl Aug 6, 2013 11:27 AM

              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. smatbrat RE: smalltowngrl Aug 6, 2013 12:36 PM

                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

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                  ML8000 RE: smalltowngrl Aug 6, 2013 03:25 PM

                  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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                    mrsflynn RE: ML8000 Aug 6, 2013 03:32 PM

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

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