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visiting, sunset area [San Francisco]

Hi folks,

I will be visiting for 10 days and staying in the sunset area. We are on a budget and would like some ideas of good chow at a reasonable price. We are omnivores and adventurous eaters. Any ideas would be great. We will also have a car. Please chowdogs, tell me where we should eat and also what to miss. I promise reports.

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  1. Old Mandarin Islamic for Peking-style hot pot
    Toyose for Korean chicken wings

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    1. The Pizza Place on Noriega (at either 45th or 46th) turns out a pretty good pie.

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        1. If you're staying close to 9th and Irving there's a bunch of places; Park Chow, Nopalito, Arzamendi, Bodhi, a couple of greasy spoons and much more...all pretty reasonable in price.

          There's a bunch of noodle places around Irving and 20th. Also Kingdom of Dumplings on Taraval for XLBs.

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          1. re: ML8000

            If you're coming all the way from Minnesota, I'd explore the whole city, and the Sunset is not really the most interesting part of the city -- it's largely residential. Dim sum, burritos, Burmese... browse the bargain threads and see what interests you.

            Old Mandarin is good and in that area, though.

          2. Try yum yum fish on Irving for take-out poke and sushi that is very good and reasonably priced. Kingdom of Dumplings, as ML8000 mentioned, is good and really inexpensive.

            San Tung is also good for Korean fried chicken.

            I still haven't been there but Outerlands is always highly recommended. They take reservations now so you should book early if you'd like to go there.

            For breakfast, if you're anywhere near the zoo, Joe's Ocean Beach Cafe is an old-school place that has really good pancakes. I would rather go there for brunch than Beach Chalet which is where most people recommend -- although the Beach Chalet has nicer decor and has an ocean view (if you get a good seat).

            The Cliff House is touristy - I wouldn't go for the food which isn't bad but is really overpriced, but it would be nice for a cocktail overlooking the ocean.

            Devil's Teeth Bakery on Noriega is a good stop for coffee and baked goods.

            There is a small Chinese bakery called Victor's Bakery on Taraval, near about 16th or 17th Avenue. They have very good egg custard tarts and other baked goods, especially if you get there early.

            Some people consider Thanh Long on Judah to be the best place to get Asian-style crab. It's still a time of the year when you can get Dungeness crab, so this could be a good option. It's not cheap though -- I usually go to PPQ Dungeness Island on the other side of Golden Gate Park (in the Richmond District) which I think is less expensive but still very good.

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            1. re: calumin

              Yum Yum Fish was sold a couple of years back and numerous reports were that it went way downhill. Are they still making decent quality sushi?

              Que Huong for Vietnamese sandwiches and either Loi's or Pho Huynh Hiep for pho. Lots of good Chinese options in the Sunset. If you'll have a car you can roam pretty far from the Sunset without too much trouble - the main difficulty will be finding parking in some neighborhoods (Mission, Lower Haight, the more congested parts of the Richmond, the non-SOMA parts of downtown).

              1. re: bigwheel042

                I usually get the poke, which is made with either salmon, tuna, or yellowtail. It's always really good when I get it.

              2. re: calumin

                I used to be quite fond of KINGDOM OF DUMPLING but the last time I was there, I was rather irritated over the medicore food, and a bit embarrassed (i talked friends from east bay and crosstown to meet there before a movie in west portal).

                Seriously, the single word which comes to mind when I think of that meal is "dishwater".

                On the other hand, last time I was at INTERNATIONAL HOUSE OF CHINESE PANCAKE, the dumplings were fantastic and cheap. And the beef roll was great as well. That's now my "go to" spot in this genre, in this part of town.

                I cant recall my experiences with DUMPLING KITCHEN ... I get them confused with KOD.

                That asian ice cream place near by is also pretty good, esp since they will give you two flavors in the small size.

                Up toward the park, I too think YUMMY-YUMMY is good. Also like SAN TUNG, but obviously better with more people.

                1. re: psb

                  Just a quick note that the restaurant is called "House of Pancakes" -- it's currently my favorite Chinese place in the city. Unlike IHOP, it does not have the word "international" in its name :)

                  1. re: Dave MP

                    Isnt the Chinese name "INTERNATIONAL BING FESTIVAL HOUSE"?

                    1. re: psb

                      I'm not sure what the Chinese name is. Here's a picture of the outside of the restaurant from soup├žon's blog: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ggsLlFeA5Ec...

                      In English, the word International isn't there though.

                      1. re: Dave MP

                        I first ate there in March of last year, and it soon became one of my favorite Chinese places as well. Sure glad it is NOT an IHOP.

                  2. re: psb

                    Were the boiled dumplings bad at KOD or was it the other stuff (their boiled dumplings have always been good for me, but I never liked their noodles or xiao long bao)?

                    The asian ice cream (gelato) place you're referring to is Marco Polo.

                    Shandong Deluxe is across from House of Pancakes. The OP should use the search box to find recommended dishes at those restaurants, as well as any other places mentioned by Chowhounds in this thread.

                    1. re: hyperbowler

                      Oh hi. Well again I dont remember everything we had but I recall it was a cold day so we were looking forward to some hot soup and whatever soup we got was horrible. Revealed preference = it went unfinished.

                      Yes, the boiled dumplings are the ones which tasted dishwatery.

                      I believe their XLB are normally ok for "cheap XLB places" ... i.e. the pork is ok, sometimes some quality control problems like some are DOA, broth-wise etc. These were ordered and finished ... just not great.

                      There are some other dishes I normally like here, e.g. salt+pepper tofu (discovered when dining there with a Vegan) ... do not recall if we tried and they dropped the ball on these.

                      To be pragmatic, given the distance to INTERNATIONAL HOUSE OF CHINESE PANCAKE, I cant ever see going back here, unless the other place is closed and I am there already. I would rather wait in the fog for 30 min to go to the other place than be seated here right away.