Mission Chinese serves bar none some of the best, and most numbingly spicy, Chinese food in the city. They categorize themselves as “weird Chinese” and it definitely feels weird to see pastrami on a Chinese menu, but good weird - like when Emma Watson tries to do an American accent. It’s ideal for big group dinners, with an easy to share, and relatively inexpensive menu. Any spot that has thrice cooked bacon is on the right side of history, but watch out for the Chonqing Chicken Wings - they’re silent but deadly.
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Bi-Rite by Dolores Park is technically a grocery store, but you should use it as a park picnic supplier.
Mission Cheese functions just as well for a quick solo lunch as it does for something longer, larger, and probably boozier.
The Beehive is a retro-futuristic bar in the Mission where you can get ’60s-inspired drinks and fondue.
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Palette Tea House
The great dim sum at Palette Tea House gives us a good reason to go to Ghirardelli Square.
Clement BBQ 金陵烧腊店
Clement BBQ is a to-go dim sum counter in the Richmond with very solid char siu bao.
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Pushcart Fare in the Mission has solid takeout dim sum and good larger items like popcorn chicken.
Prubechu in the Mission serves fantastic Guamanian food. Don't miss the sticky and sweet short ribs.
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