Many dim sum shops line lower Clement Street, where you get in line for triplets of hot dumplings directly from the steamers at very cheap prices. Though I often end up at Wing Lee, irresistibly convenient across the street from Green Apple Books, I like Good Luck Dim Sum, three blocks west on Clement, best of all. Try savory, juicy, pork-filled shark’s fin dumplings; round, flat, translucent chive dumplings with shrimp; and crystal dumplings filled with pork and cilantro — all of $1.55 for three. The sweet rice bun (65 cents) — a huge ball of black, mushroom-scented sticky rice — reminds me of stuffing. I love it. Be sure you know what you want when it’s your turn or you’ll get dirty looks from those waiting behind you. You can circle what you want on a reassuringly short pink menu sheet as you wait in line. See what others get and ask them what it is.
Good Luck Dim Sum
736 Clement St., San Francisco.
7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Closed Tuesday.
SEASONAL LUNCH SERVICE AT BIX
Every December, Bix, the tony Financial District bar and dinner house, opens for weekday lunch. Here’s an excuse to have chef Bruce Hill’s exemplary steak tartare ($12.50) with a perfect martini, or the signature chicken hash on a $24.95 three-course prix fixe lunch that ends with chocolate brioche bread pudding. I’m there.
56 Gold St., San Francisco
(415) 433-6300; www.bixrestaurant.com