Alanna Hale

Mission Chinese Food

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What started as a pop-up restaurant has since evolved to two award-winning Chinese restaurants: one in San Francisco and an offshoot in Manhattan. Famous for amalgamating tradition with innovation, chef Danny Bowien (Korean by birth, raised in Oklahoma City) turns out “Americanized Oriental Food”—kung pao pastrami, ma po tofu, and salt-cod fried rice—for prices you’d expect to find at truck stops along rural interstates. Seventy-five cents of each main course goes to charity. The catch? Food this original and a no-reservations policy translate to long waits. missionchinesefood.com

Best Chinese Restaurants in the U.S.

Mission Chinese Food

What started as a pop-up restaurant has since evolved to two award-winning Chinese restaurants: one in San Francisco and an offshoot in Manhattan. Famous for amalgamating tradition with innovation, chef Danny Bowien (Korean by birth, raised in Oklahoma City) turns out “Americanized Oriental Food”—kung pao pastrami, ma po tofu, and salt-cod fried rice—for prices you’d expect to find at truck stops along rural interstates. Seventy-five cents of each main course goes to charity. The catch? Food this original and a no-reservations policy translate to long waits. missionchinesefood.com

Alanna Hale

Best Chinese Restaurants in the U.S.

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