Summer Travels: Tea-Smoked Eel at San Francisco's Mission Chinese Food

What's the best thing about attending a good friend's wedding in Mendocino country, California?

The excuse to fly into San Francisco early and partake of its amazing food offerings. (A close second: wine-tasting in Napa and Sonoma.)

I have been lucky enough to visit San Francisco about a half dozen times, and even though there are literally hundreds of restaurants on my list to try, I usually find myself gravitating to favorites such as Burma Superstar. When I mentioned to a couple friends of mine who had spent significant time in the city, they only recommended one place: Mission Chinese Food.

The name initially confused as me as in the neighborhood of San Francisco known as "The Mission" hosts more than one Chinese restaurant. And once I found the specific establishment, I was further confused by its claim to serve "Americanized Oriental Food." I mean, not that I have any beef with American Chinese food, but did I really have to go all the way to the Bay area to get good chop suey, egg rolls, and lo mein?

This story continues on the next page.

KEEP THE HOUSTON PRESS FREE... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Joanna O'Leary