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Best Family-Style Chinese Restaurant 

Eight Immortals

Depending on how interested you are in authentic Chinese food, and depending on how squeamish you get around squab heads, chicken feet, jellyfish, and sea cucumber, Eight Immortals will seem like either a slice of heaven or your worst culinary nightmare. Hopefully, the former is true, and if it is, you simply must pay a visit to this bustling seafood joint on Taraval, which delivers excellent, multicourse, prix fixe banquets at decidedly wallet-friendly prices. For example, the last time we visited, $55 purchased duck with shredded abalone soup, squid with XO sauce, a whole lobster with ginger and onion, a mountain of Szechuan chicken, oysters steamed with black beans, a whole steamed catfish, garlicky sautéed mustard greens, and a mound of blissfully greasy Peking-style spareribs. The wait for a table has been daunting just about every time we've dropped by (our advice -- make a reservation). But on a brighter note, parking is plentiful, and the L Taraval runs right past the door.


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