Every plate is better than the last at Chow. The service is friendly, and the diner ambience is strangely fun without being kitschy like so many other diner knock-offs. Just a few steps from the lively corner of Market and Church, Chow fits into the neighborhood perfectly, yet the atmosphere and vibe inside of Chow welcomes you even if you are a uniquely white, middle aged, straight guy without any piercings or tattoos, as is my current predicament., And that's why I like this place. Here at Chow, everyone is at home. I feel like George Castanza at Monk's hanging out with my friends Kramer and Elaine, all the while enjoying equal parts of goat cheese fondue, home made wontons, Argentinian Albarino, and a good heapin' helpin' of SF diversity. (If I were Darth Cheney's gay illegitimate son, this is where I'd bring Dad for lunch to show him that San Francisco values are actually pretty cool. Don't worry -- I'd make him leave his guns at home so nobody would get accidentally shot.) Hanging out and enjoying a meal at Chow is why so many of us don't live in Kansas any more. Thanks, Chow, for being a piece of that, and your wontons are wonderful!
uncleBad says eat at one of the window tables and enjoy the street circus outside while you have a great meal at one of San Francisco's coolest hangs.
Pros: great place to hang, love the food