good, cheap restaurants in SF
We are going to be in San Francisco for 2 days. We want to know some chowhound-type places to eat. I remember Tommy's Joint from a trip long ago. Is Yee Yun still there?? How about Sam Wo's?? We want good, honest, inexpensive food....even take-out would be fine. Thanks for your help. Our hotel is on Sutter.
If you like Indian, there's a great inexpensive place on Jones above Geary (you'll see large sign hanging above announcing "Shalimar"). The tandoori chicken is great, as are the chicken and vegetable curries (nothing misses here except maybe the lentil curry). The nan is also very tasty.
A terrific experience of an ethnic neighborhood, plus authentic food is La Palma Mexicatessan. 2884 24th Street (intersection is Florida Street). Try the tacos with homemade tortillas and the pupusas. I've never been able to eat more than $5 worth of their specialties. Compared to the generic $6+ burritos at most other places, this is a real bargin. See the link for an earlier discussion. Enjoy the experience! Note that they close at 6pm most days.
don't forget to have a Vietnamese sandwich during your stay....do a search for bahn mi....there are several favorites mentioned in different areas of the city....so you can indulge no matter where you end up.
I would recommend that you check out Syre's recent rundown of Mission burrito places.
Also suggesting the following places:
Arizmendi Bakery on 9th and Irving for great pizza and chocolate things and other well baked breads (great if you're into sourdough).
Sweet Temptations on Balboa and 36th Ave for the best Shanghainese grub I've been able to find here. I mentioned it here recently - stick to the shanghainese dishes and get the steamed dumplings (xiao long bao).
It's seems that everyone has their favorite falafel place. The best ones I've been to are Truly Mediterrean on Haight (at Cole), Ali Baba on Valencia (around 21st St) and Sunrise Deli on Irving (near 20th Ave). King of Falafels on Divisidero is next to try on my list (thanks garçon :) ).
I like the crepes at Galette on Fillmore, near California. While you're there, stop by La Boulangerie on Pine and fillmore. There's been lots of raves about that bakery recently on this board and they're all true.
Good fish and chips in the dicey Tenderloin if you're willing to venture up to the Old Chelsea.
If there's a few of you, get the claypot rice (that's rice cooked in a claypot with meats etc...) to share at Bow Hon in Chinatown (Washington and Grant, I believe).
And not to be missed for dessert - Marco Polo on taraval. The best, most intensely flavored, as good as Florentine gelati I've had here in tropical fruit flavors (e.g. soursop, jackfruit, guava, lychee, coconut) that you can't get in Florence.
for breakfast that's cheap and plentiful, you might try Kate's Kitchen on Haight. I like their chunky corn beef hash, though CBH traditionalists would probably balk. Chloe's on Church is a nice neighborhood (Noe Valley) place where I usually get the croissant french toast (as long as you have no aversion to butter).You might also try Home Plate in the Marina for good diner breakfast fare. As was mentioned before Boulangerie Bay Bread (I'm never quite sure of the name) on Pine just west of Fillmore has fabulous almond croissants (again, you can't have butter phobia) and Schuberts on Clement btw 6th and 7th has a wonderful morning pastry called a cheese puff.
Swan's Oyster Depot! freshest oysters, best chowder (no flour thickening), most uncomfortable stools, singing bigmouth bass decor... the best.