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Jul 12, 2006 01:53 PM

CHEAP eats near Moscone?

Taking a large group (34 mostly low income Oakland middle school kids + a dozen high school TAs and adults) to Zeum on Friday. Thought we were going to brown bag it/picnic at Yerba Buena Gardens. Just found out we're supposed to buy food where we take the kids. For whatever reason, I'm having trouble getting the director to tell me what my budget is. I'm assuming it's tiny (probably less than $5 per person). Hoping for take-away banh mi or noodles in the $2-4 range. Might have to settle for fast food. Needs to be close by, as we're taking BART. I want to call in my order, pick it up and take it back to the kids to eat outdoors (I can't imagine any place being able to handle my boisterous group of 40+).

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  1. I guess inexpensive is the operative word here.

    Goat Hill Pizza ( - 715 Harrison at 3rd Street) is decent enough pizza and could possibly deliver to you at the Zeum if you call them in advance (they're open 11 am - 9:30 pm). Check the website to see if the prices are within your budget.

    I suppose Del Taco (corner of 3rd and Market) could do for a cheap fast food alternative if you're tired of the usual fast food suspects in the immediate area (JitBox, McD's etc.) Or maybe Lee's Deli (one on New Montgomery and one on Market near Post) might also work.

    There's a bahn mi place on Fremont (Happy Donut?) if I remember right, but that is a tad far from your location. There's also a standard-type Chinese place on Mission near New Montgomery (New Ming's) that could do in a pinch.

    Good luck to you and have fun regardless!

    1. Oh yeah, one more option - Fatt Dog ( - 1 Post St at the corner of Market and Montgomery). What kid doesn't like hot dogs?

      1. This is an article from last year but I can't imagine the prices have risen that much. Give these folks a call to check prices and advance warning about a group. Maybe Chowhounds have feedback on this places and the kids menus.

        Zeum Cafe, $1-$5.50;
        Firewood Cafe, kids menu $4.25-$4.75
        Buckhorn Grill, kids meals $4.45
        Luna Azul, $1.99-$9.49;
        Long Life Noodle Co., $1-$8.95

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        1. re: rworange

          Thanks for responding, rw - I've never eaten at any of the places inside the Metreon (those are all Metreon places, right?) so I didn't have a clue about the prices there; it sounds like another option for sure.

          Regardless of whom you choose, it's probably best if you call in advance to see if they can accommodate the large order.

          1. re: rworange

            Buckhorn is a very good cheap eats place. When I ate at the Long Life Noodle Co., I could hear Homer Simpson's voice in the back of my head saying, "Hellooo, taste? Where are you?"

            1. re: J T

              Buckhorn is the place with the roasted meat sandwiches? I thought it was fine, but not cheap. More like $6-8.

          2. Mo's Grill above the bowling alley has inexpensive lunch options, and you can eat it right there in the play circle in front of Zeum.

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            1. re: foodiegrl

              Yes, Mo's Grill is the closest place to Zeum (just a few steps away streets to cross...and controlled space..unlike the Metreon which is wide open and can get a little running to half a dozen food places.......if you know what your timing will Mo's perhaps they can put the tables together for you...the burgers are quite good there.

              1. re: ChowFun_derek

                I was about to get onboard with the Metreon places with the caveat that I eat small portions (though not off the kid's menu) and don't get drinks and a meal at Firewood can still be $8 or $9, Buckhorn $7, etc.

                But Mo's Grill is the superior suggestion. When I ate there, the burgers were above average, the fries quite good. And it was empty and most importantly a controlled space. Metreon will be chaos.

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