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***Invitation to My Favorite Dim Sum – Thursday, June 5***

Melanie Wong | May 20, 2003 04:10 AM

The North and South teams offered up their best picks for the Dim Sum Civil War and are compiling the final results. Now it’s my turn, as the moderator for the competition, to choose one.

I’d like to invite you to join me for lunch in San Francisco Chinatown on Thursday, June 5, 11:30am. The place I’ve chosen is tiny and inexpensive with limited selection but very good overall quality. While I wouldn’t claim that it’s the best of the best, after all the tea houses (25+) I’ve tried these many months in the elimination rounds, it continues to be my personal favorite for its great value and down home feeling. This is the place that I’ll continue to return to.

Service is quite basic. The carts start rolling around 11:30am. To refill your teapot, you go into the kitchen yourself to tap the hot water dispenser. The Chinese seniors who hang out here linger for hours and will inevitably strike up a conversation with me. When I brought the North team here to preview it, they loved the food but thought the atmosphere might be too downscale to be comfortable for all even though it does have crystal chandeliers. It was also dropped from consideration because it couldn’t accommodate the numbers that the dim sum battles have attracted.

Cost should be less than $10 per person, plus a minimum $5 contribution to Chowhound. Again, it’s a small place and space is limited. Please reply to MsWine@onebox.com to reserve. Also please advise if you can arrive 15-20 minutes early to help me hold some seats as this is a no reservations kind of place.

This is also your last chance to purchase limited edition dim sum logo wares. All profits from these sales are donated to Chowhound to support this site. You can view the merchandise and purchase online at the link below.

This is a private, volunteer assisted event. No agency relationship, express or implied exists between any parties and Chowhound, Inc. This is not a Chowhound, Inc. sponsored event.

Link: http://www.cafeshops.com/DimSumShop

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