Recently, I've been looking for the best dim sum around SF but outside Chinatown (the transportation issue: parking or the 30 Stockton, both hellish). So far my favorite is Dim Sum King at Skyline Plaza strip mall (Skyline & Westmore)in Daly City near the beach. I love this place. The shrimp are impeccably sweet and fresh, the prices are cheep, cheep, cheep.
The noodles in the soup are fresh.
I've been there about 4 times and there's lots I want to try yet on the menu, but so far my favorites are:
har gow,stuffed skins (yuba/soy) with shrimp or tofu & veg., greens, salt & pepper shrimp.
Another plus for Dim Sum King is you can order dim sum from a menu at your leisure so you aren't craning your neck and waiting for the cart. Service is fine. Worth a drive from SF unless you already live in Chinatown.
Ton Kiang (Geary near 20th.)- Expensive. Poor qualily shrimp. I would eat here again but only for the following which were first class: the greens with garlic, crispy skinned roast duck, a la cart pot stickers (juice exploded out!
Mayflower (Geary near 23rd.(?))- moderate priced.
Not as good as DSK, but much better than Ton Kiang.
Big Lantern (16th. st. near Valencia)-
I've just been once. Will return and try more stuff. Especially interested in their $6 plate lunch specials because the gestalt seems a cut above my other neighbood stomping-ground Chinese choices (dismal). The har gow were the best I've had, but are a dollar more than DSK. Pot stickers disappointed, which means won ton will also disappoint. The dough is the thick kind, which is fine, but the stuffing was ever so slightly gamey.
Non-dim sum Inner Mission/Upper Market Chinese food question: it appears from the menu that was recently affixed to my door knob, that the restaurant space on 14th. on the north side of Market near George's deli has yet again changed hands. It's now Mingo's(!) - kind of a goofy name, but that appeals to me.
Has anyone eaten there? If so, what's good?