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Empress of China

Toast Vintage San Francisco and Holidays Past with Charles Phoenix

The sad news is that the landmark Chinatown restaurant Empress of China is shutting its intricately-carved doors at the end of this month. The good news is that it's getting a proper sendoff from Charles Phoenix.

What to Eat: Chinese New Year Parade Day

What to Eat: Chinese New Year Parade Day

Did you know San Francisco's Chinese New Year Parade is "the largest celebration of Asian culture outside of Asia"? Well that's what its handy website is saying. Superlative statements aside, it's always fun to hit the streets for glimpses of the 250 foot Golden Dragon and Miss Chinatown U.S.A.—in doses. This year, we'll be there, but not without several "breaks" for respite from the jam-packed street, a drink, or a delicious bite along the way. Make the parade your excuse to follow our crowd-dodging itinerary. 

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