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San Francisco Restaurants

Park Chow

  • 1240 9th Ave. Map It
  • American

Updated 05/05/2014

Fodor's Review

What do spaghetti and meatballs, Thai noodles with chicken and shrimp, salads in three sizes, and big burgers have in common? They're all on the eclectic comfort-food menu at Park Chow, and all are made with sustainable ingredients yet offered at unbeatable prices. This neighborhood standby is also known for its desserts: the fresh-baked pies and ginger cake with pumpkin ice cream are among the standouts. Kids get their own menu, with items such as burgers, grilled-cheese

sandwiches, chicken fingers (made with organic chicken), fish, and mini pizzas. In cool weather fires roar in the dining-room fireplaces; in warm weather, the outdoor tables are the place to be—but arrive early for lunch or dinner. For either meal, call ahead to put your name on the waiting list. Breakfast is served on weekdays, brunch on weekends. There's another Chow in the Castro neighborhood at 215 Church St.

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1240 9th Ave., San Francisco, California, 94122, United States

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Updated 05/05/2014


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By Amanda

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Aug 20, 2006

Zagot and every other reviewer besides here is correct, this place is great!

Whenever we go to Park Chow (group of 4 or more) everyone loves this place (out of towners and locals). The pork chops are always moist and delicious. I finish the whole plate and won't share with my husband. The pizza, thai noodle and salmon are also delicious. My friends think the lasagne is the best. However, the spice cake is to die for! This place is perfect for cheap eats!!!

By Bridget

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Apr 15, 2006

If This Tastes Like Home, Get Out More!

After years of hearing how good park Chow I finally decided to give it a try. It was crowded but we sat upstairs promptly. The atmosphere is bustling but comfortable, overall very pleasing. The outdoor patio setting is extra cozy with the numerous heat lamps scattered throughout. But then came the food... While the artichoke appetizer was grilled and decent ($5.00 a bit high for a baby artichoke though) that was the only decent food that night.

My date ordered the Mahi Mahi special. The fish was, the mashed potatoes were over salted, and the vegetables were bland. I've had better at Rubio's in the mall. But that wasn't so bad, at least he didn't order the lasagna. WOW, that was the worst attempt at lasagne I've ever seen. The noodles were just plain weird. They seemed like oversized won ton wrappers, overcooked and mushy, filled with ricotta then baked in a wood fire oven. They presented this won ton wrapped glob surrounded by a thin canned tomotoe sauce. It was just plain inedible. But try and tell that to the waiter. After our meal was served we never saw him again. No one asked how our meal was until a busboy noticed that we were just waiting and asked if I wanted my meal wrapped. I grimaced and told him it was garbage. He just smiled and took it away. I guess this is the kind of place non-natives enjoy, not knowing what wonderful values we have here in SF.

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By Randy

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Aug 30, 2000

Nice sidewalk tables with heaters

Very nice place for the money...very good food and doesn't break the bank

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