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Lunch finds around 2nd/Mission?

Maya Oct 4, 2006 05:46 PM

I need some ideas for chowhound-worthy, relatively inexpensive (under $10 per person) lunch spots in this area. I don't know much about this side of Market St. Any suggestions? (Preferably non-chains, but hey, I'm desperate).

  1. The Dive Oct 4, 2006 09:26 PM

    Tomo on First Street between Market and Mission -- good noodles.

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    1. re: The Dive
      Manimal Oct 4, 2006 09:54 PM

      You probably wouldn't have made this mistake, but DON'T go to Kate O'Briens...they had really good food for while (change in chef I think) but it has gone sharply downhill again, FYI.

    2. Chuckles the Clone Oct 4, 2006 09:05 PM

      B&M chinese. South side of 2nd entre Market and Mission.
      Greasy steam table downstairs. Menu upstairs.

      Ordering carefully at the steam table (grilled chicken skewers,
      egg foo yung, spicy tofu) will get you a great big tasty lunch
      for under $5. I'm less familiar with the upstairs dishes but
      coworkers seem to love it.

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      1. re: Chuckles the Clone
        chocolatetartguy Oct 4, 2006 09:28 PM

        You can get the made-to-order menu downstairs too. They serve good versions of all the Cantonese classics: black bean sauce chicken, scrambled egg and char sieu, beef lo mein, deep-fried flatfish, bitter melon beef. I know that many fidi refugees, run there when they are in the area. I have run into more former fidi friends there, than anyplace I can think of.

        1. re: chocolatetartguy
          rworange Oct 4, 2006 09:52 PM

          Yeah, I loved this place when I worked in the area. I was more of a made-to-order fan and usually ordered the beef with tofu which had a wonderfully soft, custardy, comforting tofu.

          1. re: rworange
            chocolatetartguy Oct 4, 2006 10:34 PM

            Yes, me too, but I have noticed shrimp with heads on the steam table. They are so fast, that there's no reason not to order.

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        david kaplan Oct 4, 2006 06:28 PM

        Tea Garden, on Mission between 1st and 2nd. Taiwanese rice plates, noodles, snacks, and bubble teas. I especially like the beef noodle soup and the stuffed bread with fatty pork, cilantro, and pickled greens.

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          Sebby Oct 4, 2006 06:22 PM

          Zebulon is off 2nd and Natoma?, or is it Minna...where that Japenese place is on the corner, go towards First down the alley. Great salads and sammys.

          Henry's Hunan, off 2nd, but the other diredtion in the same alley.

          Osha Thai...if you can handle the lines. It's on 2nd.

          On New Mont'g and Mission, few doors down from Chipolte, there is a great place for gyros and falafels. It's a small to-go place.

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          1. re: Sebby
            Frosty Melon Oct 4, 2006 06:27 PM

            It's Natoma.

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            kc72 Oct 4, 2006 06:14 PM

            there's a chinese restaurant on 2nd between Market and Mission.

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            1. re: kc72
              chocolatetartguy Oct 4, 2006 09:24 PM

              Many people love B&M Mei Sing despite complaints of msg and grease (unfounded?). It's the quintessential Cantonese rice plate place.

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              mizchalmers Oct 4, 2006 06:13 PM

              I work at 3rd/Market, so I eat around here a lot. There's a Cafe Madeleine on New Montgomery, right next to Specialty's; I like them both. My favourite inexpensive lunch is probably AG Ferrari's pasta con pollo, on Mission at 3rd.

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                AChrystal Oct 4, 2006 06:09 PM

                I like caffe Mondo on Mission at 2nd - great sandwiches!

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                1. re: AChrystal
                  Maya Oct 4, 2006 06:31 PM

                  Any particular sandwiches to recommend?

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