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!
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.
3692 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
1007 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110
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.
600 Guerrero St, San Francisco, CA 94110
3611 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
El Toro Taqueria
598 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110
re: Civil Bear
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.
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
re: Civil Bear
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.