It occurred to me this week that my SF office is near chinatown, and I should try a few more places. We tried City View for Dim Sum a few months back, and it was serviceable as a weekday lunch spot ( nice and fresh at least, quick service ).
- Plausible to walk in and get a table at 11:45 or 12:45
- quick service
- price can be moderate high ( even $15 or so for lunch )
- does not need to be clean or speak english
- tasty, tasty food
- southern side of chinatown preferred
So many spots show up on the map… CH always speaks so snootily about what SF chinatown has become…
In that area, I’ve recently tried:
Onigilly, which makes nori-wrapped japanese rice things. The CH reviews are terrible. I had never had the original in japan, because eating rice triangles from the 7-11 didn’t seem like a great idea if you’re only there for a few days. Still, I thought the meal was good enough, well balance in heft. Taste was fairly good but not brilliant.
Shorty Goldstien’s, and had a rather brilliant pastrami. It was smoky - thus not a real pastrami - but had a lot of taste. It was a few months ago so I don’t remember it very well.
Will try Sam’s soon. The office overlooks sam’s.
Foundation Cafe, for coffee. This is one of the amazingly expensive toast places. I remember thinking “meh” but maybe the coffee was OK. Not in a rush to go back.
Coffee bar, montgomery. Chain. Almost too trendy for me. I remember the espresso being OK though.