Thursday, January 19, 2017

Photo Exhibit Celebrates the Historic Restaurants of San Francisco Chinatown

By Luke Tsai
Thu, Jan 19, 2017 at 10:29 AM

click to enlarge Eastern Bakery is one of four classic San Francisco Chinatown restaurants highlighted in the exhibit. - ANDRIA LO
  • Andria Lo
  • Eastern Bakery is one of four classic San Francisco Chinatown restaurants highlighted in the exhibit.

If you find yourself in San Francisco Chinatown in the coming weeks, here's a photo exhibit that should appeal to anyone with a fondness for creaky old restaurants and/or good old-fashioned Chinese cooking: "Eat Chinatown" tells the stories of four classic San Francisco Chinatown restaurants and bakeries — New Lun Ting Cafe, Capital Restaurant, Hon’s Wun-Tun House, and Eastern Bakery, each of which has been around for at least four decades.

An opening reception will take place this Friday, January 20, 5–9 p.m., at the 41 Ross gallery (41 Ross Alley, San Francisco) in Chinatown.

Full disclosure: Photographer Andria Lo, who put together the "Eat Chinatown" exhibit along with writer Valerie Luu, does most of the food photography for the Express. Lo and Luu are perhaps best known for Chinatown Pretty, their street style blog celebrating the (often delightful!) fashion choices of seniors in San Francisco Chinatown.

click to enlarge Diners at Capital Restaurant. - ANDRIA LO
  • Andria Lo
  • Diners at Capital Restaurant.

As the pair wrote on the blog, "Eat Chinatown will feature personal narratives, present-day and historic photos, menus, and ephemera. It aims to capture what these establishments mean to the SF community, to three generations of San Franciscans, and to people who simply love Chinese food."

The exhibit will run through April 9, Thu.–Sat., 11 a.m.–4 p.m.

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