Any good cheap eats by New Montgomery in SF?
I'm looking for some decent cheap eats by my school (Academy of Art). I'm looking for anything under $7. I'm aware of Speciality's, Lee's Deli, that food court place a block away, and B&M Mei Sing. That's all I could find through my years of going to school there. I haven't ventured too much outside of New Montgomery, so I was wondering if anyone can recommend a good, cheap place that's a short walking distance from the Montomgery BART station. Chinese, Mexican (love carnitas), Thai, Viet, sandwiches, anything tasty at a good value. Thanks!
What about Chipotle on New Montgomery? Granted it's owned by McDonald's, but I have to admit that their soft tacos (flour tortilla) are pretty tasty and I really like their hot salsa which is kind of a thick/chunky taco sauce and quite spicy. I usually get chicken, but their barbacoa (shredded spicy beef) and carnitas (Niman Ranch pork) are nice. I also enjoy the chips which are well salted and have a slight lime flavor. Their rice has a pleasant (and different) flavor, as well.
I wouldn't call it authentic by any stretch of the imagination, but it's right across the street from you and seemingly fits the bill.
I think if you wander around a little more (staying south of Market) you'll find some more gems. For starters, Tea Garden on Mission between 1st and 2nd (south side of the street) recently made a big splash among chowhounds for its authentic Taiwanese beef noodles, baozi, and rice plates. Almost directly across the street, Linda's Place (Thai) has earned a lot of cheap eats fans (including me) over the past two decades of so.
Here are a couple of places you might enjoy:
Yank Sing Express (49 Stevenson)
SF Soup Company (142 2nd)
AG Ferrari (688 Mission)
Si Senor (53 Stevenson)
Baja Fresh (30 Fremont)
Hope this helps!
-Wolfgang Puck Express Cafe in Macy's Cellar; I highly recommend the pizza special (pizza, salad, and soda for $6.25) - especially with the spicy chicken pizza.
-Ming's Coffee House for decent steam table Chinese food (2nd & Mission)
-AG Ferrari for good sandwiches (Mission & 3rd)
I'm not sure which food court you mean - both Crocker Galleria and the random place on 2nd between Market and Mission are a block from you. I'll plug Crocker Galleria though. Chili Up! makes good chili (I love the Bombay chicken special when it's available), Leila has good chicken kebabs, and there's other places there, too. (between Post & Sutter, Montgomery & Kearny)
Escape from NY Pizza for good potato pesto slices ($2.99 for a slice and drink if you get the coupon in the alternative weeklies) (Bush & Montgomery)
Chaat Cafe for good Indian chaat. I especially recommend the stuffed potato (aloo) naan and the veggie samosas (3rd & Folsom).
Si Senior on 2nd between Mission and Market is very good. There is also one in the Stevenson alley near the Yank Sing. If you remember Pepito's on 1st and Mission, you will be pleasantly surprised. Carnitas, chile verde and carne asada burritos are nice and the Chicken Banderias (skewered chicken grilled on rice and mixed greens) is great.