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Oct 27, 2009 03:42 PM

Share Your SF Top Three Under $10pp (without drinks)

My last topic got such great recommendations, and everyone was so helpful, I thought I'd pose a little more challenging topic.

What are your 3 favorite spots priced under $10pp (excluding bar)?

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  1. Pearl's. A buffalo burger with classic toppings comes in just under $10. You'll go over if you want a soda or one of their fantastic shakes though (I recommend peanut butter highly, though it would have never occurred to me to order it--i stole my sister's after I realized she'd struck gold).

    Tropisueno happy hour. Get 3 fish tacos or 4-5 regular tacos. Margaritas will be $5 extra.

    Thai or Vietnamese at any number of places in the Tenderloin.

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    1. re: Pei

      Tropisueno has free food after 10 pm with a drink on Sun-Tues.

      There was a thread about a $10 burger/frie/beer deal at Harry's Bar.

      75 Yerba Buena Lane, San Francisco, CA 94103

      1. re: rworange

        The free food at Adesso from 5-7 and the last hour of business is a pretty amazing deal. $10 would allow two beers to wash it down.

        Saigon Sandwich still charges under $4 for a banh mi.

        At El Cachanilla you can get ten tacos for $10.

        Soon dobu at My Tofu House doesn't quite make the cut, it's now $10.05.

        Saigon Sandwich Shop
        560 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94102

        My Tofu House
        4627 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118

        4395 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA

        El Cachanilla
        2948 21st St, San Francisco, CA 94110

    2. Boccalone at the ferry building makes a pretty interesting panini they call a muffuletta. Under nine bucks and can easily feed two. Order one and walk over to the bar at the Wine Merchants. It's all good.

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      1. re: steve h.

        This muffaletta, does it have meats, cheese and olive relish? Does it look like this?
        If you say yes I will BART in tomorrow.

        1. re: wolfe

          It has three kinds of salumi, provolone, and "giardiniera tapenade."

          The sandwiches I've had there were great but I'd be more likely to eat two than a half.

          1. re: wolfe

            Howdy wolfe,
            mortadella, cotto, salame, provolone and a giardiniera tapenade (per the website). It's not Central Grocery good (different bread, dialed-back olive spread plus it's warm) but it's still pretty good for a Chris Cosentino/Boccalone/San Francisco panini version of a muffaletta. Curiously addictive.

            Panini Cafe
            1457 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117

            1. re: steve h.

              Good meat sandwich, not enough tapenade, missed a cheese contribution and am still debating about the slight heat from the nduja. Size, enough for one, two are too many Robert.

              1. re: wolfe

                Did they forget the provolone or was it just less than you would have liked?

                Two of Boccalone's sandwiches would be gluttony, yeah, I just don't agree that they're big enough for two. My favorite is the classic proscuitto cotto and provolone.

                , San Francisco, CA 94102

                1. re: Robert Lauriston

                  Didn't see it, couldn't taste it. It didn't appear to be soaked into the toasted bread.

                  1. re: Robert Lauriston

                    >I just don't agree that they're big enough for two.<

                    I thought they were a bit small for one person. That was just after they opened; maybe they're larger now.

                  2. re: wolfe

                    Hi wolfe,

                    Agreed, it's not a Central Grocery offering. More olive spread, more provolone would be appreciated. Still, it tastes pretty good and would work well if you get stuck in "economy plus" on your next flight out of SFO.

                    Could I eat two? No.
                    Could I eat one? Sure
                    Would I prefer to share one with a beautiful woman? Oh yeah.

                    Different appetites I guess.

                    1. re: steve h.

                      Funny you should mention that. I shared a bench with some lovely young women on the esplanade near the ferry dock. I did not share my sandwich except with some very persistent birds who waited for the crumbs to fall.

            2. Boulevard, Andante Melange, $7.

              Zuni, two Kumamoto oysters, $7

              1. In descending order:

                Blue Barn Gourmet
                Papalote (prefer the one near USF)
                Barney's (various locations, most familiar with the one in the Marina)

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                  1. Where I eat cheaply most often, Cam Huong. International Blvd, Ba Le El Cerrito both chicken banh mi ~$2.50, splurge seafood soup, about 1 quart $6.50. Costco, any store, 1/4 dog with sauerkraut, lots of onions relish and mustard with drink <$1.65.

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                    2325 El Camino Real Ste 103, Santa Clara, CA 95050