SO – San Francisco

SO WingsSO
Neighborhood: SOMA
1010 Bryant St
(between 8th St & Converse St)
San Francisco, CA 94103

Rated: ♣♣♣♣♣

Note: I apologize for the bad photos. My camera died so I had to use my phone. I promise to update the images when I go back.

SO is back! You don’t know how excited I am to see SO back in business. If you don’t know, SO’s the sister restaurant to San Tung in San Francisco. It’s original location was on Irving, but it closed down several years ago. SO has since reopened and is now located in SOMA near the Nordstrom Rack.

I’ve always preferred SO’s over San Tung because a) they make the famous dried-fried chicken wings as well as other dried-fried items such as mushrooms and fish, b) price is cheaper (although, smaller portions), and c) the restaurant is less crowded (hoping it stays this way).

I was pleased to find SO had the same ambiance as the SO’s I used to know. The menu, prices, even the tea cups are the same!

The food:

Total came to $34.50 for 3 people.

SO Wings – Wings that were battered, fried, then drenched in a sweet and spicy chili garlic sauce.

SO Mushrooms – Button mushrooms with the same fixings as the SO Wings

Fried Tofu – Soft tofu that’s lightly fried and topped with bonito flakes (dried fish). The bonito flakes rise and descend with the steam as if they’re alive. I always get a kick out of that.

Dry Sauteed String Beans – Crunchy string beans served in the same chili garlic sauce as the SO wings.

SO Black Bean Noodles – Chewy noodles that’s tossed in a spicy black bean sauce with egg, pork, paprika and cayenne. LOVED the noodles, but be careful, this is very spicy. I could be wrong, but I don’t remember this being on the menu at the old location.

Parking:

Tons of parking options at this location. There’s a lot to the right of the building you can park in after 6pm or you can park on the street. I saw someone on Yelp even say you can park in the Nordstrom Rack/Trader Joe’s parking lot as well.

I’m just SO happy SO is back open. And, I SO hope you enjoyed too!

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Namu at the Ferry Building – San Francisco

Namu MenuNamu
Neighborhood: Embarcadero
1 Ferry Bldg
San Francisco, CA 94111

Rated: ♣♣♣♣

Although I constantly complain about the lack of good cheap eats in the Financial District in San Francisco, I am grateful for the Ferry Building Farmers Market that occurs every Thursday. It is by no means a “cheap eat,” but I am impressed with the array of local produce and interesting food choices, specifically Namu, the Korean taco stand. Namu can be found alongside other food stands to the left of the main entrance of the Ferry Building.

The Service:

If you come during the lunch rush, be prepared to wait a while if you order the Okonomiyaki or the kimchi fried rice. But, the service is outstanding. One of the chefs saw my lunch buddies and I waiting for our fries and he offered us complimentary, full-sized might I add, green tea lemonade.

The Food:

Korean tacos – Tasty, but tiny. The tacos are made of rice, kalbi beef, kimchi salsa and green onions wrapped with 2 pieces of seaweed rather than the usual tortilla. Way over priced for what you get – $2.25 for one taco, $4 for two.

Kimchi Fried Rice – Loved this one. I’ve been told, if you get the kimchi fried rice, you have to get it with the egg. The homemade kimchi was very fresh and was the perfect balance of tangy and spicy.The fried rice is $9 and the free range fried egg is an additional $1.

Okonomiyaki (Japanese pancake) – Their Okonomiyaki is a gooey pancake filled with kimchi and topped with bonito flakes, green onions, kewpie mayo (sweet Japanese mayo) and Okonomiyaki sauce (which is like a sweet/savory, thick, rich Worcestershire sauce). The pancake was definitely my favorite dish at Namu. The sauce can be kind of strong, so I’d ask for half the amount.

French Fries – I can’t remember the name of the fries, but it’s basically the toppings on the kimchi tacos on top of french fries. The fries are fried-to-order so they’re fresh and crispy when they serve it. The fries are only $5, which is probably the only reasonable priced item on the menu.

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