san francisco--barbecue, vietnamese, dim sum, and mexican
I would appreciate any recs for cheap and tasty barbecue, vietnamese, and dim sum restaurants in the city, although I can go to Oakland for something if it's really good. also, of the mission places, which has the best moles and the best oaxacan food?
Dim Sum-for inexpensive I recommend Jasmine Tea House on Mission at at 29th. Taiwan restaurant on Clement at 5th and Shanghai Soup Dumpling Restaurant on Balboa at around 32nd Avenue.
Mexican in the Mission:
Unfortunately you cannot find Oaxacan food or decent Mole in the Mission. El Huarache Loco on Saturdays and Sundays at the Alemany Farmers Market is good for inexpensive Mexican Street Food and she does have good Mole on occassion.
Your best bet for Mexican is Picante and Tacubaya in Berkeley, Tamarindo and Dona Tomas in Oakland and possibly some restaurants in Fruitvale like El Huarache Azteca.
re: Laurie Mackenzie
El Huarache Azteca's worth a trip to Oakland.
The other places Laurie mentions are sort of Berklified-yuppified Mexican, can be good in their own way but not what I want when I'm craving Mexican food. There are a few of those places in SF--Maya, Tres Agaves, Colibri, Mijita, the new Regalito Rosticeria.
re: Robert Lauriston
Just to clarify, El Huarache Azteca in Oakland isn't Oaxacan. Not even sure there is a single mole on the menu. It is easily accessible by BART from SF (Fruitvale Station). I'd forget about finding good Oaxacan here. Unless you want to go to the South Bay and beyond (Watsonville) it doesn't exist.
For dim sum, you can do a lot better than Jasmine Tea House whether you want to spend a lot or no. A quick search of the board should give you many, many options.