I lived in the bay area when I was young and moved to the east coast and this is my first time back, I am staying down in san jose and will be busy during the day until 5pm. I'd like to drive up to SF a few nights to see the city, alcatraz, etc. I'd like to grab dinner in chinatown, especially some dim sum but I know that is normally a brunch type of thing. Are there any places that serve it at night too that you would recc? perhaps a good buffet (although that can be rare)? Or should I stick to a restaurant? Also, it would be nice if there are some shops, chinese groceries within walking distance so I can have something to do after. I will be driving up so it would also be nice if it was near some decent parking (although I know that can be tough too).
Oh and if anyone has suggestions for some must eat/see places in san jose or SF, I'm open to suggestions. I don't like seafood much. I'd like to keep the meal under $30-$40 but am more concerned about a good meal rather than ambiance. Infact a less fancy place is probably preferred since I will be eating alone. I plan to just find something on tripadvisor.