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May 27, 2008 04:41 PM

*really* cheap food: $1, $2, or $3 in San Francisco

So -- i'm looking for super cheap places to eat with some students on an upcoming visit. Any suggestions on $1, $2, and $3 places to eat or drink? Anything from sushi rolls to tacos to smoothies to great desserts or frozen yogurt is appreciated! Pizza?



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    1. If you should be in Berkeley this could fill the bill.

      Dollar Curry House
      2136 Oxford St, Berkeley, CA 94704

      1. I dunno what area you'll be in, but Chinese bakeries are great for uber-cheap dim sum - pork buns, chicken pies, etc. Lots of good ones out there, but Chinatown, Richmond and Sunset would be ground zero.

        1. -Vietnamese sandwiches are great and filling
          -Chinatowns have "happy hour" food that are very cheap. I know Oakland has plenty of those but you really have to know which items to order to avoid the "bad ones"
          -Safeway has great sandwiches but a little above your limit. Well worth it I think. Even some of their soups are outstanding such as their jambalaya on certain days
          -Chinatown bakeries have great selections
          -Jook/porridge can be had for around $3. I like sliced fish, pork w/egg kind.

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          1. re: Han

            Most of those Safeway sandwhiches could probably feed two, particularly if supplemented with a peice of fruit or chips or something.

          2. berkeley: desi dogs $1.50 after 5pm, cheejboard pizza $2.50, DA Cafe $2.50 items from
            3-6 and after 10pm [richmond district/sf], peasant pies may still be half off at the end of
            the day [noe valley]. tacos are $1.50 at a numer of places, but that's not really a meal.

            $5 super burrito at el farrolito can feed two [24th st, mission district sf].

            if you just want calories, berkeley king pin apple fritter ... it used to be 95cents,
            but that was a few years ago.

            nations hamburgers are better than 99cent burgers and pretty cheap ...
            and of course there is in-n-out burger ... various locations.

            you could get a loaf of acme bread and a lump of cheeseboard butter [berkeley].

            escape from NY cheese slice with free coke coupon [SF].

            supposedly mccormic & schmicks $1.95 happy hour [i have not been] ...
            berkeley or SF.

            this is a meaningless question without geography ... presumably you arent going to
            pay $4 to drive across the bridge to get a cheap slice of pizza.

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            1. re: psb

              Cheeseboard butter? They make their own? Or sell it bulk?

              I agree it is important to know where. Though I haven't been to the Mccormic happy hour, the caveat is you have to buy a drink ... so that pushes the price up quite a bit.

              1. re: rworange

                I'm sorry you guys but thanks so much for responding to this post... and catching my dumb mistake!

                1. re: rworange

                  i dont know its provenance but there is usually "odd shaped pieces"
                  in the refrigerated self-serve shelf next to the cash register ... where
                  they keep the flavored creme cheeses etc.

                  i meant the "cheeseboard butter" in contrast to say Safeway Challenge butter
                  for the "anti-atkins" meal.

                  1. re: rworange

                    The don't make their own butter. I'm 90% certain that they buy bulk Clover and sell it in pieces. They do make their own creme fraiche which is priced quite reasonably.