I've been following up on responses to my "out-of-towner looking for great Chinese restaurants in the Bay Area" post. Several hounds mentioned China Village in Albany and since I have been visiting a friend in the Berkeley hills I have stopped by for take-out a couple of times. I found the food to be happily comparable to my San Gabriel Valley haunts; not Americanized at all. I had a great bacon and leek dish, really good ants-climbing-a-tree, a decent mapo tofu and an unusual "chitterling with pickled vegetable." Anyone have any favorites from this place that I should try?
Another Chinese meal that I liked a lot was called Taiwan Restaurant on Clement in SF, called Taiwan Restaurant with tremendous pot-stickers (I'm not even a big pot-sticker fan) and noodles and seafood. I'm a big dim sum fan and was steered to a restaurant in Marin called Harmony, the food was not bad but the prices seemed astronomical after Clement Street.
I got take-out one night from R&G in Chinatown but I don't think I ordered well - I wasn't too impressed or maybe take-out is an unfair way to judge. While waiting for my food I even walked down to House of Nanking to see if I find glean some insight into the controversy. There was a crowd of people waiting to get in, and when I went inside it seemed that the Anglo crowd were all eating the same thing, though it didn't look bad.
So, Ok - that's the up-to-date report. Please giive me a couple more places to round out my tour - we still have a couple weeks left up her.