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Jul 18, 2008 10:48 AM

Cheap lunching in SOMA

I work near Folsom and 5th, and I'd like a few good lunch recommendations that AREN'T sandwiches. :) Not to hate on them, but AK and Tony Baloney have gotten old fast. Cheapness is a must, and if there are suggestions from farther afield that deliver...that'd be awesome too!

Oh, I do know about Tu Lan, but am sketched out by various stories and the hygiene (or lack thereof)

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  1. Near TuLan there's a couple of taquerias. Cancun is at 6th/Market.

    1. Depending on how far you're willing to walk, Naan 'n' Chutney, Henry's Hunan.

      Some delivery options:

      1. Firewood in the Metreon is fine, I eat there pretty often as it is a good bang for my buck. Also Cafe Venue on 5th and Jessie is reliable. There are banh mi at Latte Express diagonally across the street from Cafe Venue.

        1. with cheap being operative, there's a vietnamese place on 6th and bryant called Grab n Go. They have a decent banh mi.

          There's also luna taquieria on Bryant btw 5th and 6th.

          If you go on Folsom to 3rd there's chaat cafe.
          Chili Lime Garlic thai just opened on Bryant btw 3rd and 4th. They deliver.

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          1. re: margieco

            A second location for Chili Lemon Garlic. Here's some reports on their 24th St location

            Chili Lemon Garlic - moved
            3166 24th St, San Francisco, CA

            Chili Lemon Garlic
            518 Bryant St, San Francisco, CA

            Sexy Soup Cart
            San Francisco, CA, San Francisco, CA

            1. re: rworange

              from what I've read the 24th street location moved to bryant when their rent was raised. so i THINK it's the only location.

              1. re: margieco

                This is exactly correct. The only location is the one on Bryant. I was just in Chili Lemon Garlic last night and they said, they had moved because of landlord rent troubles.

            2. re: margieco

              Oh Luna...delish but usually reserved for Fridays, when I don't feel as guilty for falling asleep at my desk after lunch :) I think my boss goes to that Vietnamese place and loves the soup--I was planning to make a trip soon.

            3. Can I recommend Pho Ha Tien II, which just opened last Friday at 937 Howard between 5th and 6th? Ten types of Banh Mi (excellent), 10 varieties of pho, vermicelli bowls, rice plates and good-looking charbroiled meat and rice plates. They will start delivery soon.

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              1. re: Debra Stuart


                Pho Ha Tien II
                937 Howard St, San Francisco, CA

                1. re: Debra Stuart

                  oh excellent! any idea if they're open evenings and/or weekends?

                  1. re: Debra Stuart

                    Ooooh that sounds AMAZING. The sketchiness of 6th st sometimes makes me think twice, so I never casually wander into the area and wasn't aware that a new place opened up. Sounds good :)

                    1. re: Debra Stuart

                      Thanks for the recommendation! went there for lunch today -- open 6 days a week from 10 a.m. to 9 pm.
                      fresh rolls were quite good. banh mi were decent; not as good as saigon sandwiches but much more convenient.