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Jonathan Quin Jan 18, 2002 10:40 AM

Unemployment is not a legitimate excuse to miss out on good eats throughout SF. Notwithstanding the temporary specials and local delis, can anyone recommend a good place for a couple to go to dinner on a tight budget?

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    Wendy Lai RE: Jonathan Quin Jan 18, 2002 11:43 AM

    If you are a bit more specific I think you'll get more response.
    What is your budget?
    What kind of food are you after?
    I think anything Asian will probably be pretty cheap.

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      Pris RE: Wendy Lai Jan 20, 2002 01:14 AM

      Ponn Sawan (Porn Swan?) on Judah and 46th? It has the best Thai!!!!

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      Ruth Lafler RE: Jonathan Quin Jan 18, 2002 12:18 PM

      Last year there was a good thread on this topic, trying to find good meals for Limster for under $7.

      Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

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        Mike W RE: Jonathan Quin Jan 18, 2002 12:35 PM

        Not sure what your budget is but I love Q on Clement Street in the Inner Richmond. Mostly comfort food, they have several entrees under $10 (spare ribs, meat loaf). I recommend the mussels and burger with garlic fries.

        They also have a great list of wines under $25. One of the best bargains around if you feel like eating with atmosphere without breaking the bank.

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          SFvalkyrie RE: Mike W Jan 18, 2002 07:28 PM

          Be warned, the service at Q usually sucks! Don't expect to see your server anytime between having your order taken & dropping off your check. Someone else usually brings out food, and I have NEVER had a server check to see if we're OK. God help you if something's wrong, or if you want another glass of wine!

          But their mashed potatoes ARE to die for.:)

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          SFvalkyrie RE: Jonathan Quin Jan 18, 2002 07:35 PM

          All You Knead on Haight Street near Ashbury. They make everything there, including, you guessed it, their breads. The prices are very reasonable, and the food is fabulous. Last week I had the special, Artichoke Lasagna, which was heavenly rich and was served with garlic bread (huge chunk with a bit of cheese on it) and my choice of soup (I don't recall but it was vegetarian) or salad (love their herb dressing, it's really creamy & herb-ey, not a vinegrette) all for $6.95. Even with wine & a tip, I still got out well under $15! The atmostphere is interesting, the service isn't anything special but generally better than most places on Haight Street, but the food makes me go back again & again.

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