Henry’s Hunan

Restaurants, Chinese North Beach
3 out of 5 stars
Henry’s Hunan
Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/ Thomas Hawk Diana's meat pie at Henry's Hunan

Henry and Diana Chung started this local chain of Chinese restaurants in 1974, introducing the spicy, smoky dishes of their native Hunan province to San Francisco. It's been a love affair ever since, with locals flocking to their downtown and neighborhood locations for the Marty's Special (hot and spicy smoked ham and chicken with vegetables in black bean sauce), cold noodle salad (shredded chicken, cucumbers and peanut sauce), deep-fried onion cakes, hot and sour soup, and Diana's legendary meat pie -- ground pork in garlicky chili sauce topped with shredded lettuce sandwiched between circles of flaky fried bread. In recent years, grandsons Jeff and Eddie have opened branches in the Excelsior and Noe Valley that cater to a more health-conscious crowd, with lighter sauces, less oil, lean meats, and options such as brown rice. If you're averse to spicy food, make sure you specify “mild” when ordering.


Venue name: Henry’s Hunan
Address: 924 Sansome St
San Francisco

Cross street: between Broadway and Vallejo Sts
Opening hours: Mon–Thur 11:30am–9pm; Fri, Sat 11:30am–9:30pm
Transport: Bus 19, 27, 47
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I absolutely love Henry's Hunan - it's not for everyone, but it's a family favorite going back 35 years.

It's salty, spicy, oily and oh-so good.  Hot and Sour Chicken, Marty's Special, Shredded Beef with Bell Peppers.... I can go on and on.  There is no other food like it in SF - in California!