William Eichinger, who has eaten at every San Franciscan Chinese joint, including Panda Express and the donut-hamburger Chinese food places all around town, rattles off his favorites:
Ask him his favorite Chinese restaurant - many people have - and you'll probably get a systematic breakdown of the myriad regional styles.
For fiery Sichuan cuisine, his favorite place is Z&Y in Chinatown; for dumpling-centric Shanghai fare, he likes Bund across the street; for northern regions, Old Mandarin Islamic in the Outer Sunset. For hand-pulled noodles in the Shantung style, his pick is San Dong. The list goes on.
Each genre has its own measuring stick. For example, ma po tofu is his gauge for Sichuan places.
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Old Mandarin Islamic Restaurant
3132 Vicente St, San Francisco, CA 94116