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What's a short walk from Van Ness/Pine under $20?

Staying at the Holiday Inn Golden Gateway next week and looking for fairly inexpensive places to chow, breakast, lunch and dinner, preferably $20/person or less. Enjoy any and all cuisines. Appreciate your help!

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  1. In rough order of distance:

    Grubstake (greasy-spoon breakfast)
    Swan Oyster Depot
    Victor's Pizza (has slices)
    Cordon Bleu
    Thai House Express
    A La Turka
    Bodega Bistro
    Le Boulange de Polk (bakery)

    1. Gourmet Carousel is only a block away. Excellent cheap Chinese food. Corner of Franklin and Pine

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      1. re: JoyM

        Miller's East West Deli....NY style delicatessen..
        Polk Street

      2. If you can find a few more bucks, I would head to Polk on the north side of Broadway for Street, Tablespoon, Le Petite Robert, or Pesce. All are substantially better than anything mentioned so far.

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        1. re: bhageman

          Pesce's excellent and unique.


          I had a good meal at Le Petit Robert ( http://www.chowhound.com/topics/45916 ),
          but I'd much rather go back to Thai House Express, A La Turka, or Bodega Bistro.

        2. Red Door Cafe at Larkin and California is a good place for breakfast.

          Grubstake has real Portuguese food until 3 or 4 in the morning.

          There's also a Whole Foods at California and Franklin, one block up hill, with a Peet's and a bakery.

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          1. re: Windy

            I second Windy's Red Door Cafe recommendation. The breakfast food is well executed, the service is attentive without being intrusive, and the vibe is friendly. It seems like every person in there is a regular. Also, you get a really big cup of coffe in a real mug with your breakfast.

          2. I live in this area - my faves are Bell Tower at Polk and Jackson (California cuisine, easy going bar, lunch brunch and dinner) and House of Sushi at Polk and. . .Vallejo I think. Near Starbucks.
            And for cheap but delicious diner food, you must MUST go to New Village Cafe on Polk at California. Lots of people from the Holiday Inn go here, and lots of locals too. Simple diner breakfast. My husband and I stuff ourselves for $15 incl. tip. Anna and Dave take good care of their customers and they are open EVERY single day from 7:30 I think to 3:30. They are our honorary mom and dad.

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            1. re: Driver B

              What are your favorites at New Village Cafe?

              Walk down one block to Polk where most of these restaurants are located. The direction toward the bay has the better restaurants. Going in the other direction will yeild more dives. Under no circumstances eat breakfast at that Holiday Inn ... yuck.

              If you want food to take back to the hotel, there's a Whole Foods on California with a prepared food counter.

            2. Elite cafe? On Franklin, between Pine and Sutter. How about that hof brau sandwich place on corner Van Ness and Geary. Both places are under $20 per person, food is average.

              Fyi, There is a starbucks inside the Wells Fargo Bank next to your hotel, on the corner of Van Ness and California.

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              1. re: badbatzmaru

                Tommy's Joint is the place on the corner of Van Ness & Geary. A half a block up from Starbucks, the cafe in Whole Foods serves Peet's last time I looked.

                Another place I forgot about on Polk was Mediterranean Spirit

              2. Shalimar on Polk btw California and Sacramento has great Indian, the price is right, though the atmosphere leaves something to be desired. I, too, live in that 'hood. I eat out most often at Tommy's Joynt, El Super Burrito and occasionally will get an overpriced-but-tasty burger from Sliders. Usually, if I don't want to prep something myself, I'll get stuff from Whole Foods. I have found the food in the area pretty bleak.