Mission Chinese Food

2234 Mission St
San Francisco CA 94110
(415) 863-2800
Categories Food

Is Mission Chinese Food one of the most overhyped restaurants in America? If you want the opinion of the restaurant’s own Korean-born, Oklahoma-raised chef Danny Bowien, the answer is yes. But most fans of the San Francisco original and the tiny, perpetually packed second location in New York City’s Lower East Side would vehemently argue that the attention and praise are well-deserved. Some might even argue that Bowien (who has been praised for doing to Chinese food "what Led Zeppelin did to the blues," and is known to have flown his entire San Francisco kitchen staff to China to try the real thing) is just being humble and has picked up the mantle of New York’s other Korean-American sensation, David Chang. His kung pao pastrami, cumin lamb breast, and riff on ma po tofu are just some of the signature dishes on a menu of what Bowien himself calls "Americanized Oriental food." -- Arthur Bovino

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Cheap Date: Mission Chinese Food | 7x7
At first, your nose will run. Then, your eyes will water. Beads of sweat will form on your brow, just as a rush of heat works its way through your stomach. The ma po tofu at Mission Chinese Food (pictured above) is serious business.
Mission Chinese Food to Close for Two Weeks -- Grub Street San Francisco
It's their annual summer break.
Mission Chinese Food Featured on The Martha Stewart Show [Updated] -- Grub Street San Francisco
Martha does a segment with chef Danny Bowien about the "new Chinese cuisine."
S.F.’s Mission Chinese Food Is Coming to New York’s Lower East Side -- Grub Street San Francisco
They're taking a former takeout spot on Orchard Street.
Watch Mission Chinese Food’s Danny Bowien Eat His Way Through Sichuan on Bon App’s Dime -- Grub Stre
'Bon App' editor Andrew Knowlton just got back from taking the chef on an eating tour of China, and there's a video.
Mission Chinese Food’s Next Stop: Paris -- Grub Street San Francisco
Danny Bowien is heading to France around the new year to scope out spaces.
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Elliot Cullen
Best food I've ever had!!
Donny Pauling
Salt cod fried rice is SUPER good. Tea smoked eel is also great!
Aaron Christian
The General Tso's veal rib is the kind of dish that's delicious enough to convince you to utterly compromise any vestige of dinner table etiquette you may have been foolishly maintaining until now.
Adam F
The thrice cooked bacon, general tso's veal rib, and salt cod fried rice are not to be missed. Also, the mix of 90s rap and Beatles/Hendrix/Queen is pretty unbeatable.
7x7's Big Eat 2012 says the salt cod fried rice is delicious. Yum!
Travel Channel
Serving classic Chinese recipes and some of Chef Danny’s own creations. As recommended by Travel Channel host, Anthony Bourdain.
Joel Antipuesto
Ma Po Tofu is hot and spicy!
Bon Appetit Magazine
The cumin lamb belly? Fiery and addictive. Warm egg custard with duck confit and sea urchin? Brilliant. Hot-and-sour pork dumplings made to order? Further proof that MCF is no accident.
Try crossing the studied, Sichuan-laced creations of a workhorse young chef with a kickback dive atmo pumped up by ghetto rap and a 60-foot dragon. [Eater 38 Member]
Leanne Vanderbyl
Some of the best food you'll ever put in your facehole. Order a Tsing Tao to help cool off after the spice explosion!
Cherylynn Norona
Don't be shocked if you're the ONLY Asian person in there...
SF Weekly
SF Weekly’s Best Of 2011 Winner – Editorial Pick – BEST NEW RESTAURANTA raucous Chinese restaurant with a hip-hop soundtrack and a paper dragon stalking diners from the ceiling...
The dining room may not be much, but dishes like salt cod fried rice and lion's head meatballs are amazing. 75 cents of each main course goes to charity.
Grub Crawl
The pork belly is to die for. www.grubcrawl.com
Patrick Wang
Ma po tofu is spicy good and a big order. Mongolian beef cheek, thrice cooked beef, and sizzling cumin lamb are other reasons why this is a top Chinese eat
Try the Saly Cod Fried Rice with Ma Po Tofu
youngmi mayer
.75 of every item you order goes to charity.
Tim Vetter
Stealthily enclosed within Lung Shan Restaurant, if offers "insanely tasty" "updated Sino small plates" (thanks Ramon C)
Try the Peking duck "chinito" or a succulent whole roasted chicken in ginger & wine sauce. Eat-in, take-out or have it delivered - no matter how you get it, the food is crazy good.
Josh Smith
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