The history of Chinese food in San Francisco goes back about as far as the history of Chinese food in the United States — 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 other regional Chinese 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 San Francisco is still one of America’s preeminent Chinese food cities.
Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission.Read More