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2016/05/16 14:36:33 (permalink)

Visit to San Fran?

Roz and I will be in San Fran at the end of the month.  Both of has been there numerous times however it has been a few years.  Looking for dim sum and oysters close to the Intercontinental Hotel downtown.  I can walk fair but not great for several miles.  I can cab it. 
I looked at recent post but none were of any use.
Thanks in Advance.
 
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Re: Visit to San Fran? 2016/05/16 14:42:15 (permalink)
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if you want a real, authentic experience for Dim Sum then go to Dol Ho in Chinatown. You and Roz will be the only "round eyes" there. I'll admit I haven't been there in 9 years, but the reviews on line are still right on the $...I understand it's the only authentic place left in Chinatown where only the locals go.
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Re: Visit to San Fran? 2016/05/16 15:33:32 (permalink)
Thanks WJ:  Googled it and reviews were very good.  Some doubt that if it is open.  They closed in October for a month and apparently reopened.  Some reported it is now closed.  Hope not.
 
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Re: Visit to San Fran? 2016/05/16 16:31:57 (permalink)
I know they tend to close for a month or so when they go on vacation
I'll bet they're still open
 
Incidentally plan to do a a lot of pointing and nodding "yes" or "no" when they pass the dim sum cart around
No one speaks english
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Re: Visit to San Fran? 2016/05/16 17:34:34 (permalink)
You also might want to try Great Eastern or City View in Chinatown for dim sum.. Both are pretty close to your hotel.
 
Great Eastern: 
 
City View: 
 
 
And, at the risk of causing offense, it's better not to refer to our fair city as San Fran. It drives many of us nuts. If you want to sound local, you call it the city. 
 
Hope you have a good visit!
 
post edited by TheLibrarian28 - 2016/05/16 17:35:50
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Re: Visit to San Fran? 2016/05/16 17:41:03 (permalink)
Sorry - don't know what happened to the links. I tried to fix it, but couldn't. 
 
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Re: Visit to San Fran? 2016/05/16 18:21:36 (permalink)
Dol Ho got shut down by the health department. Not sure if it's still operational. The best dim sum in the city, albeit pricey, is at Yank Sing in Rincon Center. Oysters are probably best enjoyed at Swan Oyster Depot. I had dim sum at Great Eastern recently and didn't enjoy it, although I've had really good dim sum there in years past. Have fun!
 
And at the risk of offending the Librarian, there are many of us who don't care what you call it, San Fran that is.  
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Re: Visit to San Fran? 2016/05/16 18:30:59 (permalink)
Sorry that I offended you by shortening San Francisco to San Fran.  It is sorta what we have always called it.  I had no idea anyone would be offended by that.  Whatever I am delighted to be able to visit again and many other wonderful visits.
 
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Re: Visit to San Fran? 2016/05/16 18:40:40 (permalink)
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Dol Ho got shut down by the health department. Not sure if it's still operational. The best dim sum in the city, albeit pricey, is at Yank Sing in Rincon Center. Oysters are probably best enjoyed at Swan Oyster Depot. I had dim sum at Great Eastern recently and didn't enjoy it, although I've had really good dim sum there in years past. Have fun!
 
I agree with Essvee10 about Yank Sing - really good. I also recently had dim sum at Hong Kong Lounge II on Geary that was fantastic.
Also agree about oysters at Swan, and what about Hog Island Oyster Co. in the Ferry Building? Beautiful view and oysters!
 
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Re: Visit to San Fran? 2016/05/16 18:41:26 (permalink)
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Dol Ho got shut down by the health department. Not sure if it's still operational. The best dim sum in the city, albeit pricey, is at Yank Sing in Rincon Center. Oysters are probably best enjoyed at Swan Oyster Depot. I had dim sum at Great Eastern recently and didn't enjoy it, although I've had really good dim sum there in years past. Have fun!
 
And at the risk of offending the Librarian, there are many of us who don't care what you call it, San Fran that is.  




Dol Ho is very much open again, I just called them and confirmed. They do things "old school" which is why they shut down.
 
 
Yank Sing from what I understand is very popular with caucasian tourists. I just couldn't see spending $40-$50 a plate for dim sum where at Dol Ho, you'll get  better and more authentic for $10 or less
 
Paul, you know me for years, and know I don't let anyone down, .  Check out Dol Ho, if you're dissatisfied, I'd gladly comp you and Dr Roz for your meals.
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Re: Visit to San Fran? 2016/05/16 18:48:22 (permalink)
wanderingjew, respectfully, I have eaten at both places many times, and Yank Sing is very much better and just as authentic as Dol Ho. Different price points is all. Dol Ho is a wonderfully fun experience, and the dim sum is good--can be a little dirty and cramped for those who care about that stuff (I don't). But the difference between the two places is chalk and cheese.  
 
It's nice to hear Dol Ho is back open. I took my baby cousin once back in the day and she was horrified by most of the experience, including my ordering and eating a plate of chicken feet, which added a great deal of fun to my experience. sundancer, I would recommend going to both places if you really like dim sum. By the way, if it's not evident, I really like dim sum. 
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Re: Visit to San Fran? 2016/05/16 19:03:30 (permalink)
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wanderingjew, respectfully, I have eaten at both places many times, and Yank Sing is very much better and just as authentic as Dol Ho. Different price points is all. Dol Ho is a wonderfully fun experience, and the dim sum is good--can be a little dirty and cramped for those who care about that stuff (I don't). But the difference between the two places is chalk and cheese.  
 
It's nice to hear Dol Ho is back open. I took my baby cousin once back in the day and she was horrified by most of the experience, including my ordering and eating a plate of chicken feet, which added a great deal of fun to my experience. sundancer, I would recommend going to both places if you really like dim sum. By the way, if it's not evident, I really like dim sum. 
 



My cousin , and his wife live in the Bay area (Tiburon) I've never been to Yank Sing, but they have, they love Yank Sing too, they're a few years older than I am and very....for lack of a better term... "metrosexual" I'm just saying if I'm going for dim sum I'd much rather dine with a crowd of 80 year old Chinese immigrants than other caucasians like myself. Dol Ho  simply offers a more authentic experience.  
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Re: Visit to San Fran? 2016/05/16 19:26:59 (permalink)
Yank Sing, looks good by the menu and pictures I've seen. It also looks like a more upscale approach to Dim Sum. If I were looking for a nicer looking place I would go to Yank Sing. I would also take the word of someone who's been there. Dol Ho looks a bit more Chinatown Roadfood down and dirty approach to Dim Sum. If you like the authentic look and feel of Chinatown eating then Dol Ho is your best bet. I would go for Yank Sing for a nicer experience.
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Re: Visit to San Fran? 2016/05/16 20:50:13 (permalink)
For something that's not Chinese you should stop in for lunch or dinner at Tommy's Joynt. When I lived in the Bay area this was hands down my favourite place. It's a roadfood classic style restaurant. House made food and a beer list that's huge. You can get most things as a plate dinner or a sandwich plate. The bison was always a good pick, but the turkey is a close runner up.
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Re: Visit to San Fran? 2016/05/16 20:58:33 (permalink)
For a great breakfast, Mama's in Washington Square is great but expect a line.
 
http://www.mamas-sf.com/
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Re: Visit to San Fran? 2016/05/16 21:28:24 (permalink)
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For a great breakfast, Mama's in Washington Square is great but expect a line.
 
http://www.mamas-sf.com/




I enjoyed Mama's when I visited back in 2007. One of the few places I went to on that trip where I forgot my camera. 
I remember I ordered the Pain Dore
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Re: Visit to San Fran? 2016/05/16 21:43:31 (permalink)
Regional Chinese roundup 3.0 (SF Bay Area) - San Francisco Bay Area, Norcal - Hungry Onion
 Paul, I don't pretend to know what's happening down there, but the above link is poster Hyperbowler's work so I want to credit it. A wonderful resource.Essvee and others, feel free to chip in. HO is a mainly west coast thingie that grew out of CH problems.
  Are you and Roz still planning on heading North up the Coast?
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Re: Visit to San Fran? 2016/05/17 00:30:00 (permalink)
Moving on to oysters and other seafood:
http://sfswanoysterdepot.com/ 
Is it the best in town? Nope.
Touristy? Yep but treat it just as an experience so you can say you've been there!
Kinda like going to the Anchor for Irish Coffee.
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Re: Visit to San Fran? 2016/05/17 00:32:53 (permalink)
Don't forget Tadich Grill.
 
It's all class.
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Re: Visit to San Fran? 2016/05/17 02:37:10 (permalink)
I agree with the comments on Yank Sing (it's good, but expensive and upscale bordering on pretentious, though I loved their glass teapots), Swan Oyster Depot (go early if you don't want to or can't stand in line -- I believe they start serving at 10:30 a.m., and if you are coming from the East Coast or Midwest, it will be your lunchtime) and Tadich Grill (no reservations, so go at an off-hour -- we got in immediately when we went at about 3 p.m. on a Saturday last December).  
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Re: Visit to San Fran? 2016/05/17 06:41:49 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby mar52 2016/05/17 11:30:50
Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair. 
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Re: Visit to San Fran? 2016/05/17 09:55:23 (permalink)
More like wear your Google glasses.
Tech has destroyed what charm and gritiness used to exist. The hippies are all up here in the PNW, including me!
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Re: Visit to San Fran? 2016/05/17 11:02:38 (permalink)
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More like wear your Google glasses.
Tech has destroyed what charm and gritiness used to exist. The hippies are all up here in the PNW, including me!



Don't knock the "tech generation" - I'm a Generation X'er myself.
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Re: Visit to San Fran? 2016/05/17 11:39:51 (permalink)
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More like wear your Google glasses.
Tech has destroyed what charm and gritiness used to exist. The hippies are all up here in the PNW, including me!

Bill, I used to love San Francisco. The city always had a homeless problem but now it's a real problem that is bringing down the city to their level. The people of Sn Francisco aren't fighting to keep it it's almost a lost cause. I now look at my trip through Portland as a fun experience. Portland offers me all the creative food and quirky people that San Francisco used to offer. There is a feeling of "live free or die" in Portland that makes me feel like I'm back in the 70"s.....It's nice to see what we have been looking for all our lives is right in our own backyard........
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Re: Visit to San Fran? 2016/05/17 14:19:36 (permalink)
I think I will include Dol Ho on my next trip to San Francisco. Make sure you do allow some time to just wander around chinatown, though----------I had some of my best food there from little delis and bakeries that I walked past, saw a crowd and good food inside and stopped for a snack. 
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Re: Visit to San Fran? 2016/05/17 14:38:57 (permalink)
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Roz and I will be in San Fran at the end of the month.  Both of has been there numerous times however it has been a few years.  Looking for dim sum and oysters close to the Intercontinental Hotel downtown.  I can walk fair but not great for several miles.  I can cab it. 
I looked at recent post but none were of any use.
Thanks in Advance.
 
Paul E. Smith
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Actually, the best oriental food to be had, in my opinion is in the Richmond District. Most places (not all but most) in Chinatown are catering to tourists. 
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Re: Visit to San Fran? 2016/05/17 15:08:58 (permalink)
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Sundancer7
Roz and I will be in San Fran at the end of the month.  Both of has been there numerous times however it has been a few years.  Looking for dim sum and oysters close to the Intercontinental Hotel downtown.  I can walk fair but not great for several miles.  I can cab it. 
I looked at recent post but none were of any use.
Thanks in Advance.
 
Paul E. Smith
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Actually, the best oriental food to be had, in my opinion is in the Richmond District. Most places (not all but most) in Chinatown are catering to tourists. 




When I walked into Dol Ho, I was the only tourist there, however House of Nanking had a line of tourists out the door waiting to get in, besides I think Paul is going to have a tough time walking all the way to the Richmond District.
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Re: Visit to San Fran? 2016/05/17 15:16:18 (permalink)
I love Clement St. all the way down the Avenues.
Portland does feel a lot like the Bay area of years past. Seattle has too many folks already. I'll stick to my little village in the mountains. :D
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Re: Visit to San Fran? 2016/05/23 13:48:50 (permalink)
I probably will cab it to Dol Ho.  I wish there was a good dim sum place close to the Intercontinental Hotel downtown.  To get oysters, I will have to cab it to the wharf.  I leave Sunday early am and be in San Fran by noon and probably relax before go oyster searching.
 
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Re: Visit to San Fran? 2016/05/23 20:12:39 (permalink)
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Sorry that I offended you by shortening San Francisco to San Fran.  It is sorta what we have always called it.  I had no idea anyone would be offended by that.  Whatever I am delighted to be able to visit again and many other wonderful visits.
 
Paul E. Smith
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I prefer to call it Frisco. That offends more people than does San Fran. Besides, they stole my baseball team.
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