Brandy Ho's Hunan Food
Classic, MSG-free Hunan eats
Asian · Chinatown · $$
The Zagat Review
"Sit at the counter" and watch your meal "prepared in giant woks over huge flames" at this Chinatown Hunan where the "consistent" , "no-MSG" offerings run the heat gamut from "mild to off-the-charts" ; maybe the "decor needs serious updating" , but the "affordable" tabs are fine as is.
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hours Open Today · 11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
location 217 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA phone +1 415-788-7527 website directions Get Directions
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Google Reviews
Great place to try if you’re in Chinatown. Fresh and quick service along with no MSG. We ordered the General Chicken and the Sweet and Sour Chicken with steamed rice. This place was busy so if you’re more than two you might wait.
Stephanie H · March 25, 2018
I was visiting China Town in San Francisco with family and looking for a restaurant that didn't use MSG. We were referred to Brandy Ho’s. My girlfriend had the egg rolls (a huge portion - 4 whole egg rolls per order) and the spicy beef with onions, which was very good. I had the smoked Hunan duckling, it was delicious, very smokey and tasty. Very spicy! I was on fire... Very friendly staff and reasonable prices.
Danny Malcolm · January 24, 2018
I was introduced to Brandy Ho’s in 1987 when I first moved to The City and I continue to visit this restaurant to this day, even after moving to Boston in 1992, since I often return to the city. Sitting at the bar is a treat since you can watch the cooks prepare dishes with efficiency and style. The menu offers a wide range of delicious options, especially good items include onion cake (the lightest and crispiest you’ll find in Chinatown), cold noodle salad (yummy peanut sauce), and chicken in black bean sauce (a perfect balance of flavors and crispy vegetables), the list goes on. Service is efficient. The only reason for 4 stars instead of 5 is the large screen monitor and uninspired lighting detracts from an otherwise perfect dining experience. Once upon a time they opened an upscale version (since closed) that resolved the lighting issues but that edition is long gone). This is a fine San Francisco eatery that should be on everyone’s list, local and tourist alike.
David Tames · January 3, 2018