Mission Chinese – Why Wait?

I was craving Chinese food, specifically Mission Chinese, on Sunday. To our benefit, we’ve gone to the restaurant during off-peak hours. The first time was early afternoon, way past lunch hour. This time, it was barely past 5pm. Getting seated wasn’t a problem. But when we left around 6pm, there was a small rock concert of customers waiting for their name to be called.

Really? How little do these people value their time? We see this everywhere. The long line outside Red Door Cafe, Blue Bottle, Swan Oyster Depot. Really?

While Mission Chinese is arguably the most publicized gastro-hot spot right now, it’s not worth a wait. No restaurant is worth a wait. GAWD.

There are options.

Here’s my current eater heat map. No lines, no wait. Just good food when you want it.


Bistro Aix

Buckeye Roadhouse

Foreign Cinema

La Mar

Mission Beach Cafe

Presidio Social Club


You can also do take-out from Mission Chinese, but I’ve heard it’s not so good.

Restaurant Review: Chambers

Alrighty, I’m posting a Yelp review because I write so few of them these days. Cmon, people, am I ready to be a food critic or what? Not a food critic yet, but a nightlife critic possibly?

Looks like the Tenderloin is the new Mission because hipsters are crowding around and forming lines outside Farm:Table, Jones, and the Shooting Gallery. Bored of the same consistently-good restaurants–Bar Jules, Mission Beach CafĂ©, and La Mar–I can finally ecstatically recommend a newcomer to the Tenderloin scene. In the aptly-named Phoenix Hotel, the adjacent lounge has re-incarnated itself from Backflip to Bambuddha and now to Chambers. It is sick, or slick, or whatever the lingo is today. It’s like entering Bourbon and Branch’s library, but better. Like the Ace Hotel, but even better. You can actually see your date as the lighting, a refreshing golden hue, has been strategically placed. Even the food is worth the guarded walk from your locked car to the entrance. As for the impeccable food, the PBLT, pork belly lettuce and tomatoes, is stand-out. A big coup for the neighborhood, this new hot spot won’t be reinventing itself for quite a while.

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