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Sep 20, 2006 11:36 PM

Bang for Buck

What are the best places to get amazing food at the amazing prices around
the bay area? any cuisine welcome.

La Taqueria, or Top Dog comes to mind, but I'm always looking for more.

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  1. The new list of Bargain Bites came out recently on

    1. As bargain bites go, I enjoy the meat and rice empanada at the Nicaragua Restaurant on Mission St. between 26th and Cesar Chavez. Four bucks, I think, for beef, rice, and peppers housed in mashed plantain. Good enough for a not-super-heavy meal.

      1. Mr. Chan on Mission in Daly City is a great Chinese cheap eats. Really good Cantonese style fried chicken, salt & pepper chicken wings, general chicken, fried tofu, beef chow fun and chicken fried rice. Most items are under $5.
        Denny's Cafe on Geary by 19th Ave has great specials throughout the day, from 8am to midnight (later on Fri and Sat nights). Breakfast specials are under $3, which includes coffee or hot tea. Daily/dinner specials started at around $6 that includes a cup of soup, garlic bread, entree and a drink.

        1. It's pretty hard to top a $1.25 taco truck taco for value, for me El Novillo. Although, one might argue that a meal at Chez Panisse gives you a lot of bang for your buck too. As long as the meal is good, I'm not that concerned about price. What I really dread is spending a lot on a so-so meal.

          1. Truly Mediterranean on Valencia and 16th. Shwerma or falafel. Fantastic. Quite a filling meal for 6 or 7 dollars.

            4 Replies
            1. re: peepswang

              Another great place for that is Sunrise Deli on Irving by 22nd Ave. Great falafel at great prices. I believe they're $3 a dozen. If you can't/don't want that much, you can always opt for the falafel sandwich. Great kebab and shwerma, too.

              1. re: anna

                I tried the falafel at Sunrise a few months ago (post below), and they're really not compelling. The folks who run the place were really nice, but I found little other reason to return.

                Sunrise falafel post -

              2. re: peepswang

                I guess I'll have to try Truly Mediterranean's schwarma, then. I absolutely love falafel, and I found their sandwich to have zero flavor.

                1. re: Atomica

                  Agreed with you on Truly Med. I enjoyed them until I visited the middle east and realized what falafel is really supposed to taste like! I do like Gyro King near Civic Center.