quick eats near Divisadero & Hayes
going to a show at the Independent tonight with some friends and we're looking for a place to grab a quick bite beforehand. We'll only have about 30 minutes. I'm not usually in this neighborhood - any suggestions?
I'll confess that I took my dad to Popeye's when we needed a quick bite. Spicy for me and regular for him.
Burger Joint on Haight & Pierce is pretty. Good burger and fries with Niman Ranch meat.
Thai Place II on Divisadero @ Page has some decent thai food. Been getting their Pad Thai lately. It's nothing extraordinary, but it's tastey and filling.
Lilly's BBQ on Divisadero @ Grove (practially right across the street from the Independent) has some good ribs. They're nice and smokey, although they were a bit fatty last time I had them. They only have a few small tables, though.
I advise you avoid the Pizza place directly across from the Independent. I've tried it a few times now and it's just blah.
If you go early enough, NOPA could potentially be quick if there's room at the communal tables up front. They also have a great burger and fries, better than Burger Joint.
Haven't tried it yet, but the Bean bag cafe is a popular spot right there, too. They have crepes and sandwiches, and a really cheap happy hour.
I would go with a wrap from Ziryab or a pizza at Little Star.
Ziryab has a good charcoal/wood grill they use for the meats which puts them a notch above all the other middle eastern joints that "grill" things over propane.
Little Star is great for deep dish pizza, and while eating in would be next to impossible due to the time constraints, you could order take out and wolf it down in a car if your seats are expendable. Too bad it's not summer, or you could eat your pizza in the park...
If you're thinking Thai, we like Phuket over Thai Place II but the food wasn't much better. At least they knew which 4+ condiments should be on the table--the Chinese proprietors of Thai Place II only stocked Chinese condiments on the tables.
If you end up going to Lilly's BBQ, call ahead to find out if they'll be open; I live in the neighborhood but haven't yet seen them open when my craving for that kind of food hits.
thanks for all the suggestions, hounds! i think i'll try out Ziryab, as I've been craving some good Middle-Eastern lately.