50 years ago my main off-campus choices were Top Dog, Kip’s Upstairs and La Val’s.
Ours too, but 44 years ago!
- Sungari Dumpling, the northeastern restaurant in SF’s Excelsior, has closed
- Shanghai Gourmet (Walnut Creek) has closed
- @shanghaikid pointed out elsewhere that Ten Seconds Yunnan Rice Noodle (San Leandro) is a franchise (I’ve edited a few posts back to say it’s part of Shi Miao Dao )
Also on the chain/franchise front:
- Yin Ji Chang Fen the cheungfun chain from Guangzhou, has opened in Pleasanton
- Red Hot Chili Pepper, the Desi-Chinese restaurant in San Carlos, is reported by a few Yelpers to be part of a chain from Kolkata. Nothing on they US site mentions it, but sure enough their Kolkata website lists the “San Francisco” location. I believe the owners of another Desi-chinese restaurant, Fremont’s Go Chaatzz, also told me they were a chain, but I couldn’t find corroboration anywhere.
Here are international chains I’ve noted in the Original Post. Am I missing any? (I’m excluding dessert/drink/pastry places, but will include bigger menu Cantonese places if you let me know what to put down).
- Chef Hung (Cupertino) HO Taiwanese chain
- Classic Guilin Rice Noodles (Oakland Chinatown, San Jose) HO; CH; CH; Luke Tsai
- Din Tai Fung (San Jose) HO Taiwanese chain
- Dong Lai Shun (Mountain View) CH Beijing chain
- Eden Silk Road Cuisine (Fremont, San Francisco, San Mateo) HO Uyghur/Xinjiang Herembag chain
- Hai Di Lao Hot Pot (Cupertino) Mainland chain, known for service. The noodle-puller dances for the “Dancing noodle”, a wide hand stretched noodle.
- Hotpot First (Sunnyvale) as per webpage, part of unknown Chongqing-based chain
- Joyheart Cafe (San Jose) vegan Taiwanese cafe chain, operated by the Heartland Market chain and connected to Taiwan’s Leezen Stores
- Kingwuu (San Jose) chain from Wuhan
- LiLian Gui XunRou DaBing ([Dublin](* Happy House(Dublin) and Happy House(San Jose) part of LiLian Gui XunRou DaBing chain)) possibly still (Milpitas), Dongbei chain
- Little Lamb Hot Pot & BBQ (San Jose) Inner Mongolia hot pot chain, with over 600 locations in China and throughout the world
- Liuyishou Hotpot (San Mateo) Chongqing-based chain
- Little Sheep Hot Pot (Cupertino, Mountain View, SF Union Square, San Mateo, Union City) Inner Mongolia hot pot
- Paik’s Noodles (Santa Clara) aka Hong Kong Banjum 0410, South Korean chain Luke Tsai
- Shihlin Taiwan Street Snacks (Berkeley,Milpitas, SF Stonestown) G-pai Taiwanese fried chicken
- Tai Kee Won Ton (San Jose) CH Taiwanese chain
- Ten Seconds Yunnan Rice Noodle (San Leandro) Part of Shi Miao Dao chain.
- Wonderful (Millbrae) CH sister restaurant to Beijing-based Hunan chain
- Yin Ji Chang Fen (Pleasanton) a cheung fun chain from Guangzhou
This list now has over 400 restaurants, even if you exclude Cantonese, Chinese Vegetarian, and diaspora cuisines like Desi-Chinese.
Openings and previously overlooked things:
- Red Pepper Express (Sunnyvale) Desi Chinese
- Boks Wok (Santa Clara) Chinese Korean
- Hu Tong Jian Bing has been doing a pop-up in Bao Bao House’s Millbrae location
- Mandarin Garden (Concord) has a menu written only in Hangul page 1, page 2
- Jade Garden (SF) and shortly lived Good Fortune Chinese Restaurant (Newark) are closed
- According to the Silicon Valley SF Happy Eaters Facebook Group, Taiwanese Grand Harbor (Fremont) is closing on May 26th.