New tastes for 2007: Budget dining for discriminating hounds
The other day while we had lunch at Lahore Karahi, my better half mentioned that it had been a while since we "discovered" a fabulous, affordable restaurant to work into our list of regulars. Since moving here in 2005, we've dined at least once a month at:
Tajine (soon to re-open on Polk)
Canteen (for breakfast)
What's consistent among them? Generally, we can get a meal for two for ~$25, and they do what they do very, very well. Recently we've had exciting meals at some higher-end places (La Ciccia, for instance), but nothing that we can afford to work into our roster of regular visits.
What new places have you visited that delight the palate and are easy on the wallet? I am based in the city of SF, but if you have a find in a neighboring locale, I'm sure there are hounds who would love to be in the know.
The Alembic- upper Haight
Abacus- 0n Hayes @ Cole might be over $25.00 but great quality and taste for the price
Weird Fish- Mission @ 16th
Kezar- On Cole, this is our neighborhood spot but the food is very good if you are in the area. I love the Tri-tip soft tacos and pot pie. My bf loves the skirt steak.
Pauline's Pizza- On Valencia
There are a quit a few more that all for now.
pane I like everything on your list!
re: Lori SF
Thank you! My boyfriend lives in Inner Sunset, so Pomelo, Kezar and Abacus are all great recommendations. I look forward to trying them and reporting back.
I should have guessed the SF Chronicle's bargain bites section would be cited. There are some good choices in there, but a lot of mediocre options, too. I'm really looking for food that makes me stand up and take notice--whether it's really creative, particularly well-executed, or a cuisine I haven't explored much.
Il Pollaio, for instance, is some pretty standard stuff--roast chicken. But it's exceptionally well-prepared roast chicken and I love the weird non-touristy atmosphere within the touristville central.
re: Lori SF
Pane did not use the phrase "Bargin Bites", budget dining would be different.
Pauline's you can get a med-pizza for 17.80 or so and large for 21.00 or so, if they like wine Pauline offers their own winery wines that are pretty inexpensive.
Alembic- I have been there about four times now and it depends on how and what you order, their dishes range from 6.00 to 15.00.