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ABC Bakery and Cafe on Noriega (SF)

Dave MP Jan 7, 2014 02:53 PM

I ate at the ABC Bakery and Cafe on Noriega last night for dinner with a few others. Mostly, the food wasn't very good. It's basically cheap, mediocre diner food. They are open until 3 AM, and I can imagine coming back here fo a late night snack. But probably won't be doing dinner again anytime soon.

The Hong Kong rice noodle rolls w/ sesame sauce were actually pretty good. Added some hot sauce. The noodles weren't overcooked, so this was a nice appetizer.

Shrimp w/ scrambled egg over "fried" noodles was bleh. Shrimp didn't taste that fresh, noodles were barely fried (no wok char whatsoever, they were barely even hot).

Others had more Western-style dishes, which I took photos of. I didn't taste the fried pork w/ rice. The pork chop cutlet w/ tomato sauce over spaghetti was comforting. The sauce tastes like ketchup (it probably is ketchup), but I sort of liked this.

Dumpling mee wasn't horrible, but I wish it had been served w/ bok choi like in the picture on the menu, and not with lettuce. Very salty broth served on the side.

The decor and service are very old-school. I hear it gets crowded late. Drinks were good: I had iced lemon tea, one DC had hot coke w/ lemon.

 
 
 
 
 
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    soupçon Jan 8, 2014 01:14 AM

    Is it related to the ABC Bakery Cafe in Chinatown? The latter is one of the best HK-style cafes around, IMHO.

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    1. re: soupçon
      Dave MP Jan 8, 2014 01:18 AM

      Yes, I do believe it is related. What do you order at the one in Chinatown?

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      sugartoof Jan 7, 2014 04:06 PM

      It was never good. I think the appeal is that it's cheap, and when they first opened the lighter Asian style cakes were more of a novelty to find. It's one of the leftover breed of Sunset places that sold cheap bad food, and packed them, often with families.

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