desperate for a new lunch spot - downtown/chinatown
I'm looking for new tips for a good place to go for cheap lunch downtown. I'm near Grant & California, so anything between union square and north beach would be worth considering. I'd kill for a good hot noodle soup! A really good Thai place? Something cheap and French?
I'm totally open to suggestions here... just need some good ideas. Where are the other favorites in the neighborhood? Think $10 - $15 budget...
My usual hot spots include:
Henry's Hunan (on Sacramento)
Muracci's on Kearny
Pomodoro Pizza on Kearny
Naan & Curry on Columbus & Jackson
House of Nanking
banana house :(
Akiko's sushi on Bush
You might try Giordano Brothers (Piitsburg-style "everything" sandwiches their special) on Columbus (right at B-way), Sodini's or Cafe Bocci (neat corner of Grant and Green) for Italian, or Osteria del Forno (on Columbus).
You have some pretty good spots on your list. I go to Henry's Hunan, Irish Bank, Pomodoro Pizza (pretty good pizza there!) and Banana House myself.
For inexpensive French, you might try Cafe Bastille on Belden Alley. Chez Carla (on Pine between Sansome & Battery) has a much better than average salad bar that includes some tasty hot dishes.
I've been waiting for a chance to pimp Baladie. Here it is!
This place is, in my limited travels, hands down the best schwarma in town. Their falafel is a bit dry for my tastes, but I'm picky. Everything else I've had there is outstanding.
Baladie Gourmet Cafe
337 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94108