A branch of the Henry's Hunan Restaurant cbain has opened in the old Granada Cafe space on Mission (between Russia and Persia) in the Excelsior district of SF. Counting Beijing Restaurant, we now have a total of two good Chinese restaurants in the neighborhood.
John and I went there the other day and ordered a few dishes that we'd had at other Henry's Hunan restaurants: Green onion cakes, Smoked pork with green beans, hot and sour soup, spinach with shredded pork and eggs, and stir-fried spicy calamari. Our favorite dish was the smoked pork and green beans -- the pork was nice and smoky and the beans were fresh and perfectly cooked. The hot and sour soup and the spinach pork were also very good, but I don't think that I'd order the squid again -- it was a bit overcooked. Next time I think we'll go for the dumplings or the vegetable pie.
Portions were very large -- enough for a nice lunch the next day - and they gave us some extra rice when they packed the leftovers up.
The owner, Eddie, is very friendly -- he introduced himself to us and asked (and later remembered) our names. Lots of family members working there, both in the dining room and in the full bar in the adjoining room -- there are dining tables in both rooms.and there's another room (I guess for groups) to the side of the main dining room.
All in all, it was a good meal and we enjoyed the friendly atmosphere. It's a nice neighborhood restaurant.