Mission Chinese Food

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2234 Mission St (btwn 18th & 19th St)
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 863-2800
Mon–Tue, Thu–Sun: 11:30 AM–3:00 PM

The past two years were tough ones for wunderkind Danny Bowien. The Lower East Side iteration of his San Francisco success Mission Chinese was shut down by the health department for sanitary violations (it has since reopened in a new location), he became involved in lawsuits with his landlord, and his Mexican endeavor, Mission Cantina, was met with a relative critical shrug. But meanwhile, the Korean-born, Oklahoma-raised chef’s original San Francisco Mission Chinese keeps plugging along, serving the kung pao pastrami, cumin lamb breast, and riff on ma po tofu that earned him praise for doing to Chinese food "what Led Zeppelin did to the blues.”

— Arthur Bovino, 101 Best Restaurants, April 1, 2015

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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.
Bon Appetit Magazine
Tuesday, August 16, 2011 - 10:59
The kung pow pastrami is the best pastrami in SF, making our list of "The Tastes That Make the City: SF Edition."
The Tastes that Make the City
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 11:56
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]
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 - 13:13
Serving classic Chinese recipes and some of Chef Dannys own creations. As recommended by Travel Channel host, Anthony Bourdain.
Travel Channel
Friday, December 9, 2011 - 06:42
7x7's Big Eat 2012 says the salt cod fried rice is delicious. Yum!
Monday, February 20, 2012 - 15:27
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.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 - 14:38
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
Friday, January 28, 2011 - 10:31
Try the Saly Cod Fried Rice with Ma Po Tofu
Sunday, November 14, 2010 - 10:05
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.
Friday, July 9, 2010 - 10:37
.75 of every item you order goes to charity.
Sunday, October 31, 2010 - 20:12
The pork belly is to die for. www.grubcrawl.com
Grub Crawl
Sunday, March 27, 2011 - 19:37
Don't be shocked if you're the ONLY Asian person in there...
Thursday, July 14, 2011 - 20:54
Stealthily enclosed within Lung Shan Restaurant, if offers "insanely tasty" "updated Sino small plates" (thanks Ramon C)
Monday, August 30, 2010 - 16:52
Salt cod fried rice is SUPER good. Tea smoked eel is also great!
Monday, May 6, 2013 - 18:04
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.
Sunday, July 29, 2012 - 18:48
SF Weeklys 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...
SF Weekly
Tuesday, May 24, 2011 - 14:22
Ma Po Tofu is hot and spicy!
Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 20:22
Friday, May 1, 2009 - 10:47
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.
Saturday, April 6, 2013 - 21:09
Some of the best food you'll ever put in your facehole. Order a Tsing Tao to help cool off after the spice explosion!
Friday, July 15, 2011 - 10:29