Suggestions for SF Dive Eats... and mid-range restaurants
We're taking a road trip up to SF this weekend and it's been a while since I've been, so I'm hoping to get some suggestions for excellent "dives".
We have a car...and a child....and will also be trekking down towards Mountain View.
Fortunately our child is a pretty adventuresome eater, but we're not interested in blowing $100 on dinner for him. We're not on a serious budget, but with a kid, we'd rather eat at casual and moderately priced joints. (under $30 for lunch and under $80 for dinner - excluding drinks and tip).
I love dim sum (understanding that under $30 does not apply) and all sorts of Asian cuisine (although my husband is Thai averse), we all enjoy a great burger, but can skip the pizza, veggie/vegan joints and Mexican. Would be particularly interested in exceptional seafood joints, any type of California or Continental cuisine places, and any kind of "comfort food"/diner establishments. My husband is 35 going on 100 and LOVES chicken fried steak, sawmill gravy, and most blue plate specials.
Thanks for your help!
Not a dive - Hukilau is kid-friendly, would husband chow on Loco Moco with hamburger or chicken katsu... or teriyaki shortribs?
5 Masonic Ave
San Francisco, CA 94118
The Village Grill
160 W Portal Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94127
for breakfast/pumpkin pancakes/fried chicken wings
J's Pots of Soul
203 Octavia Street
San Francisco, CA 9410
Hard Knox Cafe
2 locations: Third Street and Clement Street
Larkin Express Deli
Dives/bars are not very kid-friendly... the Mariposa Cafeteria is the place for oxtails or roast pork on rice — these links aren't very divey; you'll do better at Chow on Church Street...
Lime Tree - Southeast Asian Kitchen
450 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122
Larkin Express Burmese Kitchen
452 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94102
215 Church St, San Francisco, CA 94114
1525 Pine St, San Francisco, CA 94109
5 Masonic Ave, San Francisco, CA 94118
8 6th St, San Francisco, CA 94103
747 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122
Hard Knox Cafe
2526 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94107
1599 Tennessee St, San Francisco, CA 94107
2976 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Hard Knox Cafe
2448 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94121
7 Mile House Sports Bar
2800 Bayshore Blvd., Brisbane, CA 94005
Mariposa Cafateria and Tu Lan are certainly divy, but please do not subject your child to either of those places. Not unless you wantto subject him to urine soaked junkies or agressive panhandlers on the way to the door. Oh, and I once found a drywall screw in my fried rice at MC...yum.
While I've not been to Hukilau for a head-to-head comparison, I can highly recommend the loco moco made with Niman beef at Namu during happy hour. It's just a few blocks away. There were kids chowing down at the early hour with their parents.
439 Balboa Street, San Francisco, CA 94118
For a kid friendly burger joint that is kind of an institution there is Bill's Place on Clement. Great shakes too (the old kind were you get the leftovers on the steel cup). And it's not far off your path if you take 19th Ave through the City.
2315 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94121
Tommy's Joynt is an interesting choice. Definitely a SF institution. Although not necessarily "kid friendly", it should be fine for an older child that doesn't mind crowds. It is also right on the Hwy 101 route through the City. It's old school Haufbrau fair.
1101 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94109
From the opening post.
"and any kind of "comfort food"/diner establishments. My husband is 35 going on 100 and LOVES chicken fried steak, sawmill gravy, and most blue plate specials.
I like the roast beef with dip and horseradish.
But it isn't Phillippes so settle for the buffalo.