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Aug 2, 2006 06:29 PM

Cheap, Good dinner options in Embarcadero, Chinatown or SOMA

I'm helping one my friends pack for his move out of the SOMA tonight. WE would like to grab a quick, inexpensive dinner before we start the heavy lifting. Any restaurant suggestions for a cheap, fairly quick and inexpensive dinner in either Chinatown/Embarcaero/SOMA(closer to the Financial district part)?

I've considered Taylor's refresher and Pancho Villa around the Ferry Plaza and Capital in Chinatown. What else would you suggest? Thanks ahead of time for your input.

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  1. Sai's Vietnamese is cheap for the neighborhood and unlike most FiDi places open till 9.

    Orale Orale's pretty good. Maybe better than Pancho Villa. Different style, more of a sitdown place. Open till 8.

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      I second Sai's. Stick to their veggie entrees. Their green beans in black bean sauce is amazing. They're at Washington & Sansome.

    2. Henry's Hunan, 110 Natoma Street

        1. Oasis Grill on Drumm at Sacramento has excellent falafel wraps, shawerma, gyros, mezze plates, etc. and is open until 8 or 9 p.m.

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          1. re: farmersdaughter

            I had a falafel wrap from them once, it wasn't bad but I'm in no hurry to have another.

              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                It's not the best falafel wrap ever, but the food is consistently good, service is awesome (they will do your order any way you want, above and beyond customizing your wrap), and, for those of us in the FiDi who work late from time to time, a quick option of pretty darn good food and way better than the chain fast food in the area.

                  1. re: Robert Lauriston

                    I had been going by that too, but a couple weeks ago I was asking the owner about his hours; he told me that in the past year or so, he decided to stay open later. I bought a bunch of falafel from him a week or so ago, at around 7:30 or 8 p.m. on my way home from work. He was still open and had a fair amount of business.

              2. Tea Garden on Mission between 1st and 2nd, best known for its beef noodle soup although I recommend the won ton soup. Tapioca tea and other snacks too.

                I think Dogzilla's open late. There's a Giants game tonight, so more places should stay open.