You could walk right by this incredibly popular restaurant on Mission Street and not even be able to tell what it was, thanks to the misleading “Lung Shan Restaurant” sign out front.
What will tip you off? The incredibly long lines of San Francisco’s foodiest hipsters waiting to get inside the dive-y restaurant and eat Sichuan-laced, inventive Chinese dishes like sour chili chicken and kung pao pastrami.
Mission Chinese has two branches—the second is in New York City—but the San Francisco location is what turned the young chef Danny Bowien into a household name.
Mission Chinese has eat in, take out, and delivery; no reservations or parties of more than eight. They’re open from 11:30 am to 3 pm and 5 to 10:30 pm Thursdays to Tuesdays.
Long before Danny Bowien opened his Mission Chinese restaurant in New York City, he had a pop-up version of the restaurant inside a Chinese restaurant in San Francisco. Known for his spicy Sichuan dishes you can even get them delivered if you are in the right zone. The Ma Po Tofu is a must try!