I’ll be honest, never was I the person who I thought who would take a food tour. The main reason is because I am not a foodie. Well, a weird thing happened after I got married…I became a foodie! We can all thank my husband and his extreme love of eating and food (ha!). I have a newfound love for food and actually enjoy food and eating so an invite from TripAdvisor to do something touristy in my new hometown had me all excited and eager to sign up for the China Town Food Walking Tour.
The saying holds very true, “there is nothing more fun than being a tourist in your own city.” My hubby and I have been all around California and San Francisco specifically but we always find more and more to explore and do. The China Town food walking tour had a little bit of everything, history, walking, sightseeing, and food! I was actually surprised at the amount of food we ate and food stops we made. As you all know my husband and I are vegetarian so we were a little worried about whether we would actually eat anything or not but goodness did they put that worry aside! They were incredibly accommodating and had vegetarian options at every stop.
We even made a stop at the Fortune Cookie Factory. I was beyond excited for this as I hadn’t been before and it’s been on my bucket list. It’s hidden in a little alley so it can be easy to miss but make sure you don’t as this is a landmark sight. They also give free samples AND free tours!
Quick directions to get there:
- At the Dragon gate (at the intersection of Bush Street and Grant Avenue), look up the hill (facing north on Grant Avenue) into Chinatown.
- Walk up the hill on Grant.
- Walk six blocks up Grant. You will pass Pine, California, Sacramento, Clay, and Washington.
- Turn left on Jackson Street.
- Turn left onto Ross Alley.
- Halfway down the block, you will see the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory sign (show below). Go on in!
- New Hollywood Bakery & Restaurant: Our favorite light and buttery buns filled with barbecue-flavored cha siu pork (est. 1991)
- Grant Place: This local favorite is known for Hong Kong style dim sum and Chinese specialties
- Z&Y Restaurant: Chef Han has grown in reputation by preparing food for presidents and foreign ministers of the People’s Republic of China (est.2008)
- Imperial Palace: Beijing Peking Duck cut up in front of you with thin, crispy skin, succulent pieces of meat and sweet bean sauce spread on pancakes (est.1967)
- AA Bakery & Café: Freshly made, out of the oven, Hong Kong style egg tarts cooked to a smooth flan-like perfection with a buttery flakey crust (est.2002)
- House of Nanking: Peter Fang opened this Shanghainese restaurant with a single-burner in 1988 and it’s grown into a Chinatown staple with lines out the door (est. 1988)
- Hunan Home’s Restaurant: Has won numerous awards including the Golden Award for the “Best Bay Area Chinese Restaurant” in the Chinese World Journal (est. 1983)
- R&G Lounge: Michelin Guide recommended traditional Cantonese style cuisine (est. 1985)
Thank you to TripAdvisor for sponsoring and planning such a fun day for my husband and me!