Bao Down

’90s Hip-Hop and Kimchi Fries on the Edge of Chinatown

Welcome to Bao Down, Which Is Pretty Fun

By Joe Starkey ·
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Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

Hey, what do you say we all have some Wu Tang Clams to celebrate? Yeah?

Yeah, let’s do that.

At Bao Down, a new Hawaiian/Asian spot by way of Canada with a hip-hop vibe and some clams that were named really well. It’s soft-open now on the edge of Chinatown, and here it is in pictures.

If you’re with friends or work people, step inside, proceed down a small set of stairs and grab a seat at the live-edge communal table underneath a graffiti mural. If you’re on, say, a 17th date, proceed just past that to the main dining area where the two-top tables live. Either way, they’ll probably be playing ’90s hip-hop, which just feels important to mention.

Once you’re settled, grab one of the 16 mostly local beers on tap like Devil’s Canyon Full Boar Scotch Ale. Or, better yet, something with bourbon in it, since they managed to nail down the elusive full liquor license.

Examples of things you might consume include kimchi fries with pork belly, the Bao Chicka Bao Bao sandwich with garlic-lemongrass fried chicken and a little something they’re calling “Locally Sourced, Local, Organic, Free Range, Antibiotic Free, Hormone Free, Unvaccinated & Socially Adapted Chicken Wings.”

Maybe just ask for the wings.
Joe Starkey

Joe Starkey is the tallest person in the room 90% of the time. He enjoys liquors that aren’t smoky, dive bars that are, and has a vague dread that someone, somewhere might be having more fun than him.


Bao Down
648 Bush St
(between Chelsea and Powell)
San Francisco, CA, 94108


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