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.
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.
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.
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.