finally tried mission chinese food after all the reviews and hoopla. arriving before 8pm seems to help avoid crowds and a long wait, and we got a cozy table by the windows in the front. main downside of my visit is not being with a larger group, two people can only reasonably order so much food. the tea smoked eel (basically a rice noodle spring roll with eel, hamhock, and veggies), and kung pow pastrami were the clear highlights for me. hainan chicken rice was also good, but arrived late due to a mix up and i could’ve used it sooner to balance the spice. the mongolian long beans put us over the edge of fullness, and one bite had tears streaming down my face from the heat – definitely beyond my threshold. i’d go back with a larger group or friends who are already fans.