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Oct 18, 2007 05:32 PM

Bun Heaven and 77 Chinese & Hawaiian BBQ

I walked down Battery St. between Market and California for the first time in a long time this week and noticed two places that we unfamiliar to be and I don't recall seeing discussed on the board (and search came up with nothing, but that doesn't mean it isn't there!).

Bun Heaven is a tiny little corner operation that offers burgers, hot dogs and sausages and steak sandwiches, plus a good assortment of sides and a couple of salads. It smelled really good: that salty-oily french fry smell, but didn't actually see any of the finished products. I guess the "bun heaven" moniker comes from the fact they say the buns are baked specially for them every day. Anyone tried it?

77 Chinese Cuisine and Hawaiian BBQ is in the next block, next to a big Lee's. They have a big steamtable with the Chinese offerings; it appears the Hawaiian offerings (typical Hawaiian BBQ items, served with two scoops of rice and macaroni salad) are made (or at least assembled) to order. Everyone seemed to be eating the Chinese stuff, though. It looked like above-average steamtable food, and they claim they don't use MSG (unlike Lee's Chinese steamtable offerings, which left me with MSG mouth for an entire afternoon the time I tried it).

77 Chinese and Hawaiian BBQ
77 Battery St.

Bun Heaven
200 Pine St Ste 120, San Francisco, CA 94104

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  1. FYI, 77 is owned by the folks who run the Happy Donuts on the same block. Haven't eaten there yet, but given the ownership, it's worth a try.

    1. So I hit Bun Heaven for a burger at lunch today.

      The burger LOOKS great: good quality, well-toasted bun, melting cheese, thick patty, etc. so I regretfully report: BIG THUMBS DOWN on the burger. Sad to say, it's virtually inedible. My mouth is burning from the excessive amount of black pepper (I can actually see the flecks) mixed into the meat. The meat itself has a weird texture -- even though they claim it's 100 percent beef, it's meatloaf-like texture resembles beef with filler. Maybe the sausages are better.

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          1. Went to 77 today. Overall, better than average steam table Chinese (didn't have the Hawaiian BBQ). I got an incredibly large portion too. 3 item was $8.14 incl tax, but is more than any normal person should eat.

            Best thing was deep-fried salt & pepper prawns -- I never thought I'd see heads-on prawns in the FiDi. Great to eat whole.

            Also had chicken w green beans in black bean sauce. Bean sauce could be more flavorful but has nice, almost porky undertones. Yu-shiang eggplant is not a good.