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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
Bistro Burger
Irish Bank
Pomodoro Pizza on Kearny
Naan & Curry on Columbus & Jackson
House of Nanking
banana house :(
Medicine (RIP)
Akiko's sushi on Bush

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    1. 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).

      1. 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.

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        1. re: DavidT

          Cafe Prague is also pretty interesting

          1. re: Munching Mark

            Cafe Prague is gone. The sign is still on the building but the space is empty.

        2. 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.

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          Baladie Gourmet Cafe
          337 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94108

          1. Check out the 600 block of Jackson, between Kearny and Grant:

            Z&Y for Sichuan
            Bund for Shanghainese
            Great Eastern for dim sum and other Cantonese
            Golden Flower for Vietnamese

            Numerous posts on the boards about all these places.

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            1. re: david kaplan

              I forgot about Golden Flower, but I ate there once and thought it was quite good.

              Do any of the Cantonese places at that end of Chinatown offer good noodle soups?