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Where to Eat Lunch Near Sansome and Montgomery

Hello fellow chowhounds. I am looking for some good but inexpensive places to have lunch in the area near Sansome and Montgomery. The price range will be five to ten dollars per person. I'm open to all cuisines. Thanks for your advice.

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  1. Rightstar,

    Sansome and Montgomery are parallel to one another and run clear across town from Market to the Embarcadero. If you can give us a cross street we might be able to help more.


    1. Okay. In the area where Market Street intersects with Sansome and Montgomery near the BART station. North side of Market is what I was thinking.

      1. At that price point, I'd say maybe Mixt Greens (for interesting salads) on Sansome, or Cafe Venue (for a very good, if not traditional, steak sandwich) on Montgomery -- both are a short distance up from Market.

        1. I have worked on the 200 block of Montgomery Street for the past 6-7 years. Lunch places worth trying are:

          Lee's Deli for good cold cut sandwiches and low prices. Their turkey breast sandwich is highly recommended. There are locations on Montgomery, Battery and Kearny Streets (and elsewhere).

          Julie's Kitchen is a very good salad bar & hot/cold buffett that offers a wide selection of freshly prepared foods. (200 block of Montgomery Street)

          Pomodoro Pizza serves a nice thin crust pizza. A double slice of pizza with a nice green salad is $6-$7. (240 Kearny Street)

          There are several Thai restaurants on the west side of the 300 block of Kearny - Banana Leaf, Banana Tree, etc. El Faro, on the west side of Kearny is a place to try for burritos.

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          1. re: DavidT

            I second Julie's kitchen. I lunch there whenever I'm in that neighborhood for training classes.

            1. re: DavidT

              Oddly, I've worked on the same block (or across the street) for quite some time as well (though I guess so do a few thousand other folks...)

              I'm sorry, but El Faro just sucks. I've tried them a few times, and all their food is ridiculously bland. Now that I think about it, I'm not sure if their food is more bland, or if the Mexican place in the "dungeon"/"basement" food court (at Kearny/Bush) is (don't ever get the nachos there).

              For burritios, I'd rather go to Carmen's Taqueria on Market, between Sansome and Montgomery (near See's). Bit more hole-in-the-wall type place, but they have decent tasting good sized burritos - nothing fancy, plus you get chips and a drink included. For a more "upscale" burrito, there's Tlaloc over on Commercial (between Sansome/Montgomery). Of course, for the mega-chain interpretation of a burrito, there's Del Taco (the only one on this side of the bay) on Market/3rd, and Chipotle on New Montgomery.

            2. Do these Lee's have banh mi sandwiches available around 7:45 to 8:15? I have to be in the area next week and would like to pick one up to compare to Cam Huong in Oakland.

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              1. re: foodfan

                These Lees' are not part of the banh mi Lee's chain. Unless something has changed, they won't have banh mi

              2. Thanks. I looked at the Lee's menu and didn't see them listed so thanks for the clarification. Anywhere around 120 Montgomery for a good Banh Mi?

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                  1. re: foodfan

                    Happy Donuts (near the corner of Battery and Montgomery) also has banh mi. I realize preferences on this are very individual, but I'd rate them as better than Morning Brew (which I didn't much like) and more or less equal to Latte Express. There are a few actual tables, so it's better than either in bad weather.

                    On a separate note, you might want to try Sellers Market, which is on the Pine Street side of the big building at 388 Market (basically across from the back entrance of 101 California). It's more expensive than most of the other places mentioned (except for Mixt Greens) and always packed, but the food is good and very fresh. It ranges from salads to "pizzas" (more like flatbreads) to sandwiches, soups and entrees like chicken.

                  2. There is now another place serving bahn mi in the FiDi: Morning Brew at Sansome and Sacramento (northwest corner, orange awning). I've been there twice in the past two weeks. The first time, I got a grilled chicken/grilled pork combo. I liked the bread and the veggies, but I thought the meat could have been more flavorful, and the mayo didn't have the tang that the mayo at Latte Express at Kearny and Sac has. The second time, I got the grilled chicken. Basically had the same opinion of this sandwich, but this one was noticeably smaller -- the smallest bahn mi I have had around here.

                    1. Head a couple blocks south of Market to Henry's Hunan. There can be a wait of just a few minutes but the special rice plates are all less than 10 bucks, and its a sit down lunch vs a deli sandwich or salad bar. The smoked ham and kung pao are great.

                      1. Hi fellow chowhounds! Thanks for everyone who responded. Now I have a whole bunch of restaurants to try. Thanks again.