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  • 215 Church St. Map It
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  • American
  • Fodor's Choice

Updated 04/30/2013

Fodor's Review

Consistently popular and consciously unpretentious, Chow is a funky-yet-savvy diner where soporific standards like hamburgers, pizzas, and spaghetti with meatballs are treated with culinary respect. A magnet for penny-pinchers, the restaurant has built its reputation on honest and approachable fare made with fresh, local, and sustainable ingredients priced to sell (even the burger is made with grass-fed beef). Diners will discover Asian dishes mixed in with the primarily

American/Italian menu (the silky wontons are popular). Salads, pastas, and mains come in two (or even three) sizes to accommodate big and small appetites, there's a daily sandwich special, and kids can peruse their mini-menu. Because reservations are restricted to large parties, folks hoping to snag seats usually surround the doorway. Call ahead to put your name down during busy times, or come early (before 6:30) or late (after 10) to reduce the wait—and don't even think about leaving without trying the ginger cake with caramel sauce. The wine list has some well-chosen picks.

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215 Church St., San Francisco, California, 94114, USA

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Updated 04/30/2013


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By Jamie

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Sep 24, 2005

Great Atmosphere,Great Food, Great deal of trouble getting the waitress to smile

This place is a gem, we arrived late so they had given away our table but quickly made up another in a great part of the restaurant.Our waitress was a little chilly but efficient what makes this place is the food no nonsense pasta dishes and other hearty choices followed by desserts to die for ie. Ginger cake with pumpkin ice cream (oh my god it was the best dessert I have ever tasted)

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