My big bro in SV would agree with you, that the best Chinese food is outside SF (and probably down in there in Cupertino or them parts). Yet, he has come up to the city often to not exclusively eat though but to partake in the decent places that we offer hereI must admit, we have fewer and fewer spots now.
We had a family dinner recently at R&G Lounge, which I believed up to that dinner to be probably the best Chinese restaurant in Chinatown if not SF. Well, it wasn’t as good as I remembered from before. My wife, the food expert, agreed with me. She loves Taiwanese food and I guess we will have to check out that fancy dim sum place in Westfield down there that finally made it here to the Bay Area. Have you gone yet?
Now, granted, I don’t venture down to parts beyond San Mateo for food too often so I can’t definitely say that the Chinese food outside SF is that much better. I have heard that though. Yet, my nieces and nephews from outside SF still marvel at those San Tung chicken wings (yes, not pure chinese food but darn close to it).
Besides, isn’t everyone eating expensive Japanese ramen now???