I'm trying to find a Chinese restaurant I have been to twice near Golden Gate Park. For a number of reasons, this is a very special restaurant but my last time in SF, I couldn't find it (2008). It might be out of business but maybe it's still there and someone will recognize by the description. Oddly, the 2nd time I was there I had found it just by driving around. I hope it's still there! Last time there was about 2000.
It's near the beach off of Lincoln or Irving (maybe down one of the numbered streets). It most definitely is parallel to Golden Gate Park. When I first went there about 1998, I recall my wife and I (she's from Hong Kong) going from near Sutro Baths, to Lincoln most likely, then looking for the first place that looked interesting. This was very convenient.
First, it is authentic Chinese, with bi-lingual menu, authentic items like winter melon and huge fish tanks full of not only fish, crab and lobster, but also creatures that would make Bourdain and Zimmern proud. The clientele is mostly Chinese.
It's open late. It was just as busy at 11pm as one would think rush hour would be.
This one is key - they have their own parking lot, which holds maybe 20 cars. It's impossible to park in there, but it is there. I don't think many Chinese restaurants have their own parking lot in that area so that could be an easy giveaway.
I'm trying to use Google Earth to find but it's just futile. What I really want to do is replicate a place and time - probably a lot to ask. It was just a great moment, but not in a world class cuisine way, just a cool, authentic place.
Thanks for any tips!