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Uncle's Cafe, Quick update and menu question....

susancinsf | Apr 30, 200512:50 AM

I had to run an errand in (SF) Chinatown last night after work, and post errand was looking for a place for a very quick dinner. I really needed quick, cheap and easy...

Ok, so my bad, I admit it, I didn't have my Book yet, just too slammed at work and with errands and etc and haven't made it to my neighborhood bookstore yet (will correct the error of my ways by the end of the weekend), and I really don't know the lower end places in Chinatown..but I saw Uncle's, and remembered it had been discussed quite a bit on the board as a place to get Chinese and American food. Maybe I could even try some meatloaf or fried chicken?

So went in. Lots of handwritten items in Chinese on the wall, every other patron was Chinese, but they appreared to be eating chinese (not American) food,as far as I could tell without being rude and peering into bowls. Server came over and gave me the only menu I could see, which had only Chinese options. Wouldn't it be ironic if there were a 'secret' American menu?

Anyway, ordered dumplings with hot oil and scallops with garlic, which contained more vegetables than scallops. Both came out as quickly as I hoped. Neither was exciting, but they weren't too bad either, especially the scallops dish. The dumplings were rather bland, in a broth/sauce that tasted as if the base were canned. It was a huge portion however: for $3.95 I expected perhaps four dumplings: I got a plate of at least 15!

Total with rice, tea, tax and tip was about $15. Way too much food for one person...

But what happened to the American food? Is it no longer being served?

I did see a pie of some type (not orange,probably apple, it had an upper crust) on the counter, but didn't have time to inquire about it or try some...


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