Chow (Closed Permanently)

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Healthy comfort food
Chow's serves traditional American diner food. Many ingredients are organic, including several organic wines on their by-the-glass list.


    • GCeditor
      GCeditor Over a year ago
      Loves it

      This is typical diner/comfort food, good but not up to the level of sf cuisine generally. but it doesn't matter. come here for the location, just blocks away from great castro bars such as blackbird, and the crowd which is extremely diverse and very gay. the highlight of the menu? strong cocktails, and the dessert: fresh pies backed daily.

    • coopscadoop
      coopscadoop Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Best Cobb Salad EVER
      So delicious. Make sure to get feta instead of blue cheese on the Cobb salad. The Tarragon Dressing is the closest thing to heaven on earth. Not to pricey, always a seat available. Great comfort food with eclectic offerings. Also give the Thai and Happy noodles a go.

    • lawrence.gordon1
      lawrence.gordon1 Over a year ago

      The beet salad is heathy & oh so tasty

    • kastroguy71
      kastroguy71 Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Great Cobb salad
      Try to sit on the patio and as far as the other menu items, I couldn't say because I always get the Cobb. Visit Ardvark books next door to pet the kitty, he's usually sleeping in a box of books.

    • garamond
      garamond Over a year ago

      The regular burger is good, but the lamb burger is great.

    • elvism
      elvism Over a year ago

      Not many choices if your trying to go gluten free.

    • stuartjay72
      stuartjay72 Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Went there today, and was in a bit of a hurry. A very friendly and helpful bartender managed to get my Thai chicken salad to me within 5 minutes. It was delicious. Only downside, they don't serve spirits, just wine and beer, but as I don't drink those, at least it stops me getting drunk on a Sunday afternoon! I will return whilst I'm staying in San Francisco.

    • davidjamessf
      davidjamessf Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Great Neighborhood restaurant
      Good food, reasonable prices, cute staff, and outstanding desserts!

    • DougCIGAR
      DougCIGAR Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Every City Should Have a CHOW!
      This San Francisco legend of a restaurant is irresistible. Everything on the menu comes up like real home cooking, but not just any home cooking -- the BEST home cooking! I've never ordered anything here that wasn't absolutely first-rate and top-drawer from the soups, the vegetables, the lasagna, the meatloaf, the blue-medal deserving pies and cakes, even the freshly squeezed lemonade. In how many cities across the world have I been on a business trip and wished that a local version of CHOW was there?!

    • guapo4me
      guapo4me Over a year ago
      Loves it

      You cannot get better than this!
      Chow is just amazing! Great atmosphere, great staff, great food, an overall great experience. Whoever is behind this venture must be just magical - Congratulations on your wonderful creation.

    • DTracer
      DTracer Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Great atmosphere and yummy food
      I've noticed a pattern in a lot of "gay restaurants" where the food is overpriced and sub par. Chow is the perfect exception--you won't go broke, the menu is varied enough to satisfy any taste, and the ambiance is warm and cozy.

    • RichDominiak
      RichDominiak Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Favorite local eats
      With a fun staff that is very SF you'll want to sit and eat at the bar so you can interact with everyone. I love that most everything in the menu can be ordered in small, medium and large portions. There is a great selection of beers and good comfort food, but you definitely want to save room for dessert. Fresh pies and cobblers are the perfect way to end a meal here.

    • misterpretender
      misterpretender Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Cheap and chic
      I cannot remember how many times I have eaten at this place. It is definitely one of my favorite cheap eats in SF. You definitely get more than what you pay for. Make sure to try my favorite dish here - Smiling Noodles! Just thinking of dish makes me hungry! Try sneaking in here during lunch time because it gets very busy at night.

    • DennisInSanFran
      DennisInSanFran Over a year ago
      Hates it

      Cheap and Fun
      The staff's very SF. Young kids with different color hair and cute. Super nice. Pizza's great. They'll call you at the bar next door when you're table is ready.