Recently San Dong House on Geary at Second Avenue got a new look, rebranded as Xi An Gourmet. The original chef is building on his Xi'an heritage to turn out regional dishes like lamb roujiamo and you po mian (pictured).
Searching through Chinatown's tourist traps for a delicious bite can feel like a hassle, but Chowhound adamclyde has identified a dish worth the trouble. At the Pot Sticker he enjoyed a meal of what he suspected to be Sichuan boiled fish, or shui zhu yu, and says it hit all the right notes, leaving him with a burning tongue, numb lips, and a sense of satisfaction.
An airy confection of Swedish origin, Princess Cake alternates layers of sponge cake with raspberry jam, pastry cream, and whipped cream under a dome of green marzipan. Chowhounds say you can find the best versions at Schubert's Bakery and Miette in San Francisco or at Greenbrae's Victoria Pastry Co.
2013 marks the 20th anniversary of Battambang, a Cambodian restaurant in Oakland. Chowhounds say the menu still delights, and note that certain off-menu specials, like crispy rice ball salad and Cambodian sausage, can be had by calling a day or so in advance to order.
For a fancy dinner on Nob Hill without a bottomless expense account, where would you go? For a high-end yet reasonably priced meal with interesting techniques or ingredients, locals recommend Keiko à Nob Hill and Sons & Daughters.
While there's a good selection of dine-and-dash Middle Eastern restaurants in the Bay Area serving wraps and the like, where would you go for a dinner that's suitable to impress your parents or a date? Suggestions so far include Saha, Troya, and Tuba.