Mission Chinese Food

2014

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2013

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Price: 
2
Rating: 
9.10
Cuisine: 
Chinese
American
Asian
Hours: 
Mon–Tue, Thu–Sun: 11:30 AM–3:00 PM
2234 Mission St (btwn 18th & 19th St)
San Francisco 94110
(415) 863-2800
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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