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Cheap, Good dinner options in Embarcadero, Chinatown or SOMA

DavidB Aug 2, 2006 06:29 PM

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.

  1. Windy Aug 4, 2006 06:26 PM

    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.

    1. farmersdaughter Aug 2, 2006 08:19 PM

      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
        Robert Lauriston Aug 2, 2006 08:25 PM

        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
          Melanie Wong Aug 2, 2006 08:27 PM

          Here's a current discussion of Oasis for more datapoints -

          1. re: Robert Lauriston
            farmersdaughter Aug 2, 2006 09:53 PM

            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: farmersdaughter
              Robert Lauriston Aug 3, 2006 12:18 AM

              Per Oasis Grill's Web site, they close at 5pm:


              1. re: Robert Lauriston
                farmersdaughter Aug 3, 2006 04:07 AM

                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.

                1. re: Robert Lauriston
                  Robert Lauriston Aug 4, 2006 04:51 PM

                  Yeah, they are staying open later.

          2. wchane Aug 2, 2006 06:43 PM

            buca di beppo's

            1. Paul H Aug 2, 2006 06:39 PM

              Henry's Hunan, 110 Natoma Street

              1. Robert Lauriston Aug 2, 2006 06:39 PM

                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
                  katya Aug 2, 2006 06:56 PM

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

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