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Lunch on Valencia Street

The Librarian Jun 24, 2009 02:33 PM

We're going tomorrow to mess around and look in stores. Any recommendations for lunch places? There are so many choices it's sort of overwhelming. We pretty much eat anything. Thanks!

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    abstractpoet Jun 24, 2009 03:01 PM

    Udupi Palace is a good spot for tasty vegetarian dosas. We also enjoyed stopping for ice cream at Bi-Rite Creamery, which isn't far off Valencia, when shopping in this area.

    Bi-Rite Creamery
    3692 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

    Udupi Palace
    1007 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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      david kaplan Jun 24, 2009 05:22 PM

      One block away is Guerrero, at 18th, where you could get a pressed sandwich at Tartine. I like the soppressata, fontina, and broccoli rabe pesto sandwich. The wait is oppressive on weekends there; take advantage of being nearby on a weekday and try their pressed sandwiches or croque monsieur.

      A few doors farther from Valencia on 18th is Delfina Pizzeria.

      El Toro for burritos or tacos.

      Skip Cha-ya, the vegan Japanese place on Valencia near 19th.

      Tartine Bakery
      600 Guerrero St, San Francisco, CA 94110

      Pizzeria Delfina
      3611 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

      El Toro Taqueria
      598 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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      1. re: david kaplan
        Cynsa Jun 24, 2009 07:05 PM

        one block away at Guerrero and 14th Street is
        Mission Beach Cafe

        198 Guerrero St
        San Francisco, CA 94103-1013
        (415) 861-0198

        Mission Beach Cafe
        198 Guerrero St., San Francisco, CA 94103

      2. Civil Bear Jun 24, 2009 05:53 PM

        Sunflower is always a good choice for a standard Viet lunch.

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        1. re: Civil Bear
          Civil Bear Jun 24, 2009 05:55 PM


          Sunflower Authentic Vietnamese
          3111 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

          1. re: Civil Bear
            mariacarmen Jun 24, 2009 08:27 PM

            Second Sunflower. Puerto Alegre for decent Mexican, not-a-taqueria (good salsa, good margaritas); I like El Buen Sabor tacos on 18th; have even had a few good dishes lately at Picaro (gambas a la plancha, patatas bravas), which had gone way, way downhill over the years.

            Picaro Cafe
            3120 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

            Puerto Alegre Restaurant
            546 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

            Taqueria El Buen Sabor
            699 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

            1. re: Civil Bear
              escargot3 Jun 24, 2009 10:04 PM

              I humbly disagree. I find their food completely mediocre.
              And would recommend Ti Couz instead: great savory and sweet crepes, as well as wonderful salad, and hard cider.

              1. re: Civil Bear
                david kaplan Jun 25, 2009 05:48 AM

                I'm also mixed on Sunflower. I live around the corner and enjoy their bun as a quick, easy meal, but there's far better Vietnamese around town (Golden Flower in Chinatown; Yummy Yummy in the Inner Sunset; Bodega Bistro in the Tenderloin; and more).

                Tartine, Ti Couz, Mission Beach Cafe, and numerous taquerias are what the Mission does really well. If you're in the Mission and want Vietnamese, then Sunflower's a good bet (or Lotus Garden near 29th), but if you're open to any cuisine then Sunflower wouldn't make my list.

            2. BernalKC Jun 24, 2009 07:10 PM

              A few more options to consider:

              Ti Couz Creperie
              3108 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

              El Toro Taqueria
              598 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

              Frjtz Valencia
              590 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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              1. re: BernalKC
                klyeoh Jul 24, 2009 10:33 AM

                Lunched at Ti Couz yesterday and had the Complete (egg, ham, cheese) and Suzette. Both were delicious!

              2. rworange Jul 8, 2009 10:37 PM

                Where did you have lunch?

                1. Robert Lauriston Jul 24, 2009 01:11 PM

                  If you want a great, relaxed sit-down lunch, Bar Tartine.

                  At the other end of the spectrum, Yamo for cheap Burmese or Truly Med for shwaerma sandwiches.

                  Second on Tartine Bakery, Frjtz, Udupi, and Pizzeria Delfina.

                  Truly Mediterranean
                  3109 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

                  Bar Tartine
                  561 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

                  3406 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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                  1. re: Robert Lauriston
                    Prabhakar Ragde Jul 25, 2009 05:33 PM

                    Bar Tartine isn't open for weekday lunch, only weekend brunch, according to their website.

                    1. re: Prabhakar Ragde
                      Robert Lauriston Jul 27, 2009 10:20 AM

                      Good point for future reference. The original query was about last Saturday.

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