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Good Chinese in San Carlos or Redwood City?

I tried China Village recently with my boyfriend. He doesn't want to go back there. It was authentic Chinese food, but the ambiance was like a 1970s motel with torn up seats. The food wasn't outstanding like those in Millbrae or Cupertino. Sigh!

Actually we find ourselves heading to downtown San Mateo for some great Chinese and overall Asian food. I like Joy Luck Place in San Mateo and there are tons of great Japanese restaurants--most recently we tried Joy Restaurant for sushi and found this area to have better quality and prices than San Carlos/Belmont.

Mar 18, 2007
cplin1 in San Francisco Bay Area

Japanese grocery store?

I agree with the first posting--try Mitsuwa in San Jose.

675 Saratoga Avenue
San Jose, CA 95106
(408) 255-6699
www.mitsuwa.com

I have been to almost all of the markets mentioned above all over the Bay Area. Mitsuwa is an exclusively Japanese big market with its own little Japanese eating plaza serving udon, sushi, and some comfort food. There's also a tiny shop as you enter the market that sells Japanese eating and serving plates at great prices.

Nijiya is smaller but decent, even has private label organic produce and products. The SF Japantown location is bigger than San Mateo. I'm not a fan of Ranch 99 or Marina, some of their stuff is dirty, but cheap if you want to save money. Plus, it gets really crowded on weekends and parking is horrendous.

Mar 18, 2007
cplin1 in San Francisco Bay Area

Best Asian Market in San Francisco (using public transportation from Alamo Sq)

If these markets don't fit your needs, try Ranch 99 in Daly City. It might be a hassle to get to, but it's at the border of SF/Daly City where I think it would be worth it. Ranch 99 is the largest Asian supermarket chain in the Bay Area.

There are also several great asian markets (cleaner than Chinatown) in Japantown near Geary and Laguna. Hope this helps.

Aug 25, 2006
cplin1 in San Francisco Bay Area

Dosa in the Mission

This DOSA restaurant is completely overrated. I waited for an hour, ended up sitting at the bar, got cramped with noise and people all over. The food is ok, but they higher prices than the average dosa and wait are not worth it. You can easily find authentic dosas elsewhere, but the good places tend to be in the south or east bay areas.

Aug 24, 2006
cplin1 in San Francisco Bay Area

Good Chinese in San Carlos or Redwood City?

Thanks so much chowhound! I am glad I am not the only one who thinks this area needs a good chinese restaurant...this would make a great opportunity for someone in the area!

Aug 24, 2006
cplin1 in San Francisco Bay Area

Good Chinese in San Carlos or Redwood City?

Thanks for such a quick response. The leads look promising. I just saw the menu for China Village and that definitely looks authentic and nicer than the others in the area.

Jul 13, 2006
cplin1 in San Francisco Bay Area

Good Chinese in San Carlos or Redwood City?

I just recently moved to San Carlos. Even though I'm a Bay Area Chinese American native, I can't find a good Chinese restaurant in San Carlos. There are like 6 chinese places in the area but they always look empty and dirty to me. I know there are great places in Millbrae (Shanghai Dumpling House, Hong Kong Flower Lounge), Foster City (ie ABC Seafood or Joy), San Mateo (ie Happy Cafe) and Cupertino (Ranch 99 complex). But are there any in San Carlos or Redwood City?

Thanks,
Christine

Jul 13, 2006
cplin1 in San Francisco Bay Area