Asian: If you want an Asian restaurant with plenty of space and attentive service, Yamo's may not be for you. But if you'rw willing to sacrifice some of the atmospheric frills that accompany most residents for an excellent, thoughtful meal, then try Yamo's. Located in the city's ultra-hip and busy Mission District, Yamo's is a cramped place where take-out is the best plan. Be sure to sample the unique and popular tea-leaf salad. Noodles can be served either hot or cold. If you are able to find a seat, it's a delight to watch the cooks work their magic on the hot stoves.
Best Value: First-time visitors to the Mission District of San Francisco will certainly be overwhelmed by all the restaurant choices. Traditionally known as the premier spot for Latino fare, the Mission has been ground central for the tech boom in the Bay Area. That extra cash has created so many estaurants so quickly that even longtime residents of San Francisco may feel like first-time visitors to the Mission. Through all this upheaval, one thing has remained constant: the enticing aroma of Chinese and Burmese food wafting out of the small, dark doorway of Yamo on the corner of 18th and Mission Street. What's also remained constant is the long line and impossibly tight quarters inside, so get there early and get takeout.
Mission District's Best Restaurants: The Mission is known for its cheap but excellent Mexican food (see: La Tacqueria). Yamo keeps the price low but switches the cuisine by going east, as in Far East, as in Burma. If you like hole-in-the-wall bars, then you'll like the atmosphere of this hole-in-the-wall eatery, which can become so packed you'll think your own elbow is sizzling on the always active wok. If you're not into that kind of unasked for press-the-flesh atmosphere, then order ahead for take-out. The low price for this kind of quality is unheard of, particularly Yamo's sinfully crispy samusas and egg rolls, which should come before whatever else you decide to order.
Local Expert Tom Molanphy Says:
Asian: "Yamo is popular, so be prepared to wait in line. One of the best cheap-eat options in the Mission."
Best Value: "Be sure to sample the unique and unforgettable Tea Salad."
Mission District's Best Restaurants: "Very small, cramped space that gets extremely busy. Order take-out; cash only."
Best for Asian Because: Yamo offers quality Asian food in a small, simple setting.
Recommended as Best Value Because: One of the more affordable Middle-Eastern restaurants in the city.
Best for Mission District's Best Restaurants Because: In a neighborhood known for cheap Mexican food, Yamo bring cheap Burmese to the table.
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