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Jan 13, 2007 05:21 PM

Cheap eats in San Francisco

Lookin for off the beatin path local favorites places.Have eatin at all the top rated in past trips.Looking for great Vietnamese,French,Soul,Mexican.Any great Cheese or wine Bars also..Thanks.Also can anyone reccomend any solid asian markets to shop at with great fish and produce.....

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  1. Cheap eats:

    A La Turka
    Angkor Borei (Cambodian)
    Bodega Bistro (Vietnamese)
    Burma Super Star / Golden Mandalay (Burmese)
    Gyro King
    Naan 'n' Curry / Shalimar / Shan / Pakwan (Indian)
    L'Osteria del Forno (Italian)
    Maykadeh (Persian)
    Spices / Spices II (Taiwanese Sichuan)
    Taqueria San Jose (tacos al pastor or chorizo)
    Thai House Express
    Ti Couz (crepes)
    Truly Mediterranean (falafel, schawerma)
    Zante (Indian pizza)

    Wine bars:

    Hidden Vine
    Hotel Biron

    1 Reply
    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      I'm with ya on Cav...especially because there are so many choices with the wine: tastes, glasses, flights and many are very reasonably priced...and the cheese selection kills me - they slay me, I love them!

    2. adding some

      Yamo (Burmese) 18th Steet
      Dosa (Southren Indian) Valencia
      Chow (American, eclectic) two locations Church and 9th Ave.
      Assab (African) on Geary at Collin
      Little Delhi (Indian/Pakistani) Eddy
      La Santaneca De La Mission (Salvadoran) Mission either 23rd or 24th Street?
      La Palma Mexicatessen 24th street
      Farolito Taqueria 24th street
      El Farolito Mission
      The Butler & The Chef Bistro (French) the best QUICHE! and choc. truffles South Park
      la Turca (Turkish) Larkin
      Okina Sushi-fresh and cheap Arguello, near Fulton.. open Thurs-Sunday only

      4 Replies
      1. re: Lori SF

        Dosa's expensive as Indian restaurants go.

        1. re: Lori SF

          I find Chow and Ti Couz to be reasonable but certainly not cheap. If the bill for two averages around $30 I don't find that a steal.
          I am really curious what everyone considers cheap.

          1. re: finchycocoa

            Ti Couz is cheap if you get just a crepe, which can be a fairly filling meal if you choose the right one. If you order a salad, savory crepe, dessert crepe, and drinks, not so cheap.

            Bodega Bistro and Maykadeh can also be cheap or not so cheap depending on what you order.

            1. re: finchycocoa

              $10 each or under for a meal is cheap to me. I'll also add Mifune, Valencia Pizza & Pasta, Lee Hou, La Corneta, Cha Cha Cha, No Name Sushi (west side of Church, south of 15th. st.), Panchita's

          2. I second Ti Couz, and we also like Pancho Villa for Mexican - both in the Mission.

            1. In Chinatown and Celment there are D&A super cheap, very decent fo the price.

              I will second Yamo.

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                1. re: finchycocoa

                  A Chinese restaurant with two branches, one on Clement and one on Broadway.

              1. a few more:

                Saigon Sandwich and Baguette Express for Vietnamese Sandwiches (takeout only)
                Sai Jai Thai
                Adana Kebab
                Hing Lung

                Parea Wine Bar has a great happy hour until 7pm everyday. A flight of 3 wines + appetizer is $10.

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                1. re: alag

                  9 Flavors (this doughnut shop on 5th near Mission) has excellent Vietnamese grilled pork sandwiches.For $5.25 you can get an iced coffee with it!