The history of Chinese food in San Francisco goes back for about as long as there has been Chinese food in the US — back to the days of the gold rush, the intercontinental railroad, and, of course, the start of the country’s oldest (and still vibrant) Chinatown. These days, San Francisco is still home to the kind of robust dim sum scene that befits its Cantonese roots, but over the years the city has also seen a burgeoning of China’s other regional cuisines, especially out west in the Richmond and Sunset neighborhoods.
The pandemic has had a devastating effect on the Chinese restaurant community, but the 24 restaurants in this collection of greatest hits — spanning soup dumplings, hand-pulled noodles, red-cooked pork belly, and more — are all still open for business, at least for takeout or delivery. Eat your way through the list for a taste of why SF is still one of America’s preeminent Chinese food cities.
As of publication time, some of these restaurants offer seated, outdoor dining. However, their inclusion should not be taken as endorsement for sit-down dining, as there are still safety concerns. Studies indicate that COVID-19 infection rates are lower for outside activities, but the level of risk involved with outdoor dining is contingent on restaurants and their patrons following strict social distancing, face covering, and other safety guidelines.Read More