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Good Place to eat near Haight Street?? Relatively cheap

Coming through San Francisco for a few hours, any good recommendations, all cuisines welcome.

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  1. Hi
    There is a good place by the Castro, relatively close to Haight
    Cote Sud they have a $25.00 prix fixe that runs all night and it is excellent

    1. Lower Haight, Rosamunde's sausages.

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        1. re: chaddict

          Still the same after the change in ownership?

          1. re: Melanie Wong

            So far the only difference is the higher prices.

            1. re: larochelle

              Which were insanely low to begin with, when you consider the quality of their sausages and trimmings.

          2. A great place in the Haight (not lower Haight like all the other's so far) is Magnolia Brewpub at Masonic. Great beers and really quite good eats, and not too bad on the pocketbook either...

            1. Memphis Minnies, Burger Joint, Taqueria Balazo and asqew grill are my favs. All pretty cheap.

              1. A third on Rosamunde's. Geez, haven't been there for a while.

                The Pork Store Cafe is pretty fab as well...but no diner.

                1. wait does memphis minni'e have the change in ownership or rosamunde's and since when????

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                    1. re: kevin

                      Rosamunde's. As I understand it, Jeff sold it to one of his suppliers & moved to Mexico. I think it became official this summer (July 2006).

                    2. Zazie, in nearby Cole Valley does a great breakfast and a nice lunch. You can eat there, then stroll to Boulangerie de Cole Valley for dessrt!

                      1. I like the upstairs Thai place across from the Red Vic (unsure of name). Axum, in the loewr Haight, is a little divey but has great Ethiopian food.

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                        1. re: motil

                          The upstairs Thai place is Ploy II. I recently randomly met someone who grew up in Thailand that recommended the place, so I checked it out. Nothing blew me away, but I thought it was very good. Close to where I live, I'm sure I'll go back to get my Thai food fix . . .

                          1. re: nsheth

                            I'll third Ploy II. The place was a tasty mainstay when I worked in the area.

                          2. re: motil

                            What do you like best to eat there? Unless there is a buffet, I'm never sure what to order in an Ethiopian rest.

                          3. Please go to All You Knead! Cheap, delicious and in the heart of the Haight. Awesome breakfast, good pizza, yummy fries. Just good food and HUGE portions.

                            1. No love for Kate's Kitchen? I guess it's more of a brunch spot, but I'm a fan.

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                                1. re: abe1329

                                  It's in the Lower Haight near Fillmore, in the same general area as Minnie's, Rosamunde, and Toronado. Other side, though.

                                2. re: dunstable


                                  Katie's Kitchen has decent pancakes but everything else ranges from terrible to just okay. Their breakfast potatoes are awful and their biscuits are worse. The croissant breakfast sandwich is okay and the hush puppies aren't bad, but that's about it.

                                  1. re: larochelle

                                    pooh, I like it! Try the corned beef hash thing.

                                    1. re: dunstable

                                      Double Yuck! I understand their "corned beef hash thing" has its fans so I didn't slam that particular dish but in my opinion its the worst thing on the menu. As far as I'm concerned, its a menu misrepresentation - its not a hash at all - its HUGE chunks of meat and vegetables thrown together, there's no sear or crust, there's no melding of ingregrients.

                                      Believe me, I live a block away. I'd love it if KK was good and I had another breakfast choice. The croissant sandwich is the only thing worth the calories but its not worth waiting in line for.

                                    2. re: larochelle

                                      I CAN'T STAND this place. it's awful! I have no idea how they have lines, ever. Their breakfast potatoes are particularly foul.

                                      1. re: Manimal

                                        haha, truth be told, owing to the lines I usually eat at Minnie's for brunch, if I'm in that zone. but I still like it *sheepish grin*

                                    3. re: dunstable

                                      Its in the 400 block of Haight next to the Medical Cannibas place & Walgreens.

                                    4. Citrus Club, on Upper Haight

                                      1. Cha Cha Cha on the south side of Haight on the corner just a block east of Stanyan. Inexpensive, cool atmosphere - comfy booths. "Small" plates around $7 - with the baguette, one plate is enough for a good light lunch. Jerk chicken over rice and fried calamari are wonderful. I've never eaten anything there that I didn't think was really good.

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                                        1. re: niki rothman

                                          Niki, you know I love you but I have to respectfully disagree. In the early '80s, I thought the food was pretty good. Now I just think it is ok and overpriced for what you get. But that is just one person's opinion so take it for what it is worth.

                                          1. re: chaddict

                                            What I remember is mostly drinking sangria while waiting a long time for a table.

                                            1. re: Robert Lauriston

                                              It's been a number of years since my last time there. Do they still have
                                              the long lines and sangria to drink while waiting? While it may not sound
                                              like much, that was one of the main attractions. Along with the chicken paillard.

                                              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                                                The sangria's pretty much the reason to go.

                                              2. re: chaddict

                                                Hi honey! I love you too. I especially love your passion about food. But are we talking about the same restaurant? Cha Cha Cha? I would really like to hear more about your experience. maybe you and i just order different stuff? My mother in law has this theory that restaurants ALL make some stuff good and some stuff bad and depending on what you order two people could have radically different opinions about the same place - both right. But every time Richard and I go to Amoeba music we look forward to eating there. I eat the jerk chicken or squid, he plays the field, but has liked everything. The last time i was there was about 2 months ago. Unless the prices have gone up it was about $6 or $7 each - and you know I am always after a bargain and I like to see a lot of food for the money. But, C.H.A, tell me what it is that you ate there that you felt gyped? Hmm...I actually only started eating there about a year ago. I wonder if it could be that because you started eating there a long time ago that it used to be a lot better and you feel it's not what it used to be, and i don't have that "good old days" kinda syndrome going - so there's no disappointment. But what is YOUR fave restaurant around there - I'll try your recommendation. It would be fun to try something new when I'm on a DVD shopping spree.

                                                1. re: niki rothman

                                                  Hey there! Full disclosure: have not been there in almost 2 years and things can change a lot, especially if there are chef and/or cook changes. I think you are probably right about the fact that I went regularly in the early days and am comparing everything else to that. And you are most certainly right that most restaurants have both good and bad. Tell you what: I'll try the jerk chicken and whatever else catches my fancy this weekend and will report back. However, it will be the Mission location as I am truly lazy.

                                                  As for the upper Haight, I don't particularly like anything up that way. Many servicable restaurants but nothing that I would want to go back to. (Bad grammar, I know.) And to Chuckles: yeah, getting buzzed before even hitting the table really was half the draw. It sure ain't the tootsie rolls!

                                                  1. re: chaddict

                                                    OK be warned - the jerk chicken is quite hot, they even go by the book and use Scotch bonnets, and it is very tender. I actually was moved to call them to ask the cook how they got that chicken so darned tender. But the squid is the draw really. I would go halfway across town for good fried calamari. But they place the pile atop a HUGE portion of garlic lemon aioli - which could soggy-fy the surrounding morsels. Be sure to ask for it on the side. Actually, I ignore it and just ask for a whole sliced lemon to cut the grease. I've never eaten at the Valencia branch - because although CCC is just fine, Val. P & P is my personal fave for that stretch of Valencia. And please don't put yourself down. The hell with being a stickler for obsolete grammar - nobody should have to worry about dangling prepositions when everybody else is just letting them dangle to their little heart's content.
                                                    Enjoy your weekend.

                                                    1. re: niki rothman

                                                      Just for others trying to figure out locations, etc. ChaChaCha is actually on Mission, either between 18th and 19th or 19th and 20th (Google map is giving me a hard time). 2327 Mission.

                                                      And Niki, a big kiss to you for pointing out Valencia Pizza and Pasta to me many moons ago. One of the bargains of the century in the Mission.

                                                      1. re: chaddict

                                                        Oh, you are so welcome! What are your fave things to eat at Val P & P? I tend to get stuck in a rut ordering the same things and would like to branch out. But the lamb shanks are so wonderful - better than my own version - that I wind up ordering them. Also the squid - it's even better than CCC.

                                                        Was it you who recommended Yamo so enthusiastically - I'd like to try it. What are your favorite dishes there?

                                                          1. re: Robert Lauriston

                                                            That I realize. I simply meant that the second location is on Mission, not Valencia.

                                                            Valencia P&P: spaghetti with clams and whatever chicken dish is the special (usually roasted). Can't remember what else I have tried but I, like you, am stuck in a rut and order the same old things.

                                                            Here's a recent post on Yamo: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

                                              3. Thanks! Any chance you have a link to the Asian foods in the Mission list that is mentioned?

                                                I should give Yamo a try when I get back to my routine. Been off my feed lately. But nice to have something of a new/real bargain restaurant right in the neighborhood to try.

                                                I also thought the spag with clam sauce at Val P & P was first rate. Worth twice the price a la cart, and they throw in all the extras to make a huge delicious meal. They even gave me garlic bread with mine.