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Mission Chinese Food–San Francisco: A User's Guide
- Small dish: tea-smoked eel with fresh rice noodles
- Entree: thrice-cooked bacon with sweet tofu skin, bitter melon, and Korean-style rice cakes
- Vegetarian dish: braised pea pods and pressed tofu in chili broth
The Vibe: It's all about the food here. The bare-bones atmosphere is outfitted with white holiday lights around the perimeter and a 60-foot dragon that weaves around Chinese lanterns hanging from the ceiling.
When to Go: Go for lunch or a late dinner to beat the crowds.
- There’s typically a line out the door at this pop-up hotspot, so consider ordering to go or for delivery. They deliver anywhere in the city.
- This isn't your standard Chinese restaurant. Forward-thinking chefs Anthony Myint and Danny Bowien are famous for their out-there flavor combinations. Keep an open mind and embrace the adventure.
- Parties are limited to eight or fewer.
While You're in the Neighborhood: After dinner head to Amnesia (853 Valencia Street), a red-lit lounge that showcases live music ranging from gypsy jazz to to electro-disco.
If You Can’t Make It, Try This: Try Heung Yuen Restaurant (3279 22nd Street), a cheap, casual spot that dishes out classic Chinese-style noodles and rice, as well as Korean-style fried chicken.