What's the attraction: One of the most unique Chinese food experiences you'll ever have in the United States. The glowing red hole-in-the-wall on Mission Street in San Francisco started as a pop-up restaurant, serving salt cod fried rice and smoked beef brisket noodle soup out of what operated as Lung Shan during the day. Now owners Danny Bowien and Anthony Myint, who have their own cult following, operate their eatery — simply known as Mission Chinese — full-time.
The restaurant within a restaurant was made popular when Anthony Bourdain featured it on his Travel Channel show "The Layover," turning it into a San Francisco foodie destination. That's how I came to hear about it. So when friends of friends from New York City visited with Bourdain's recommendation on their itinerary, I was game.