Food is not the point at this theatrical dinner-and-show destination featuring a multicourse meal and transgender stars. A popular spot for bachelorette and birthday parties, dates, and curious tourists, this joint on a gritty stretch of SoMa gets you in and out with enough time to digest a so-so meal, while watching bar-top lip-sync performances and dancing by truly gifted talents. (Despite the high kicks and sashays on a miniscule space, owner Skip Young says only two girls have fallen off the bar in the venue’s 19-year history.) For small groups, the ménage a trois menu gets you three dishes from a list, including tamarind chicken satay, miso glazed salmon served over black “forbidden” rice, truffled soba noodles, and “baby got back” ribs. It’s a lot of fun and, believe it or not, kids are welcome at the first seating. Note: You must dine to see the show.
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201 Ninth St (at Howard St)
Our Rating Neighborhood SoMa Hours Sun, Wed–Thurs 7–10pm; Fri 7pm–2am; Sat 5pm–2am; cocktails/dancing until 2am Fri–Sat. Transportation All Market St. buses, light rail, and streetcars. BART: Civic Center Phone 415/255-2742 Prices Dinner $39–$79; Wed a la carte menu $25/person minimum. Cuisine Type Asian/Californian Web site AsiaSF
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