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Best Bang for the Buck in SF

I'll be in SF for a few days (the trip will run from a Wednesday through a Sunday) and I'm looking for lunch and dinner options that have great food for the money. We'll be splurging a couple of nights but are hoping to find some less expensive yet still delicious options, too.

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  1. it's not quite a meal, but in North Beach, there is a LIgurian foccacia bakery that is outstanding. They sell out early most days, but if you get there by 10 or 11, you won't be disappointed.

    On the edge of Chinatown, there's the House of Nanking, which is a bargain.

    I'm not sure what you define as less expensive, but a lunch at Tadich Grill would be a hearty, great meal in a classic SF setting.

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    Tadich Grill
    240 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

    House of Nanking
    919 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94133

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    1. re: glutton

      Tadich is good, classic SF, but it isn't cheap (good seafood never is). There are lots of cheap eats in Chinatown that are better than House of Nanking where you don't have to stand in line (time is money, especially when you're on vacation and have better things to do with it).

      It would be really helpful to steer you to some good places if you were more specific about what you were looking for and in what price ranges.

    2. It would be good to define a price range - I'll assume for now that you mean cheap eats (under $20)

      7X7 had a good list:

      http://www.7x7.com/content/food-finds...

      Here's a great ongoing thread - started in 2007, but as recent posters have noted, it's still pretty up to date.

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/359937

      1. One place that always provides fantastic food for the money is Limon Rotisserie.

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        Limon Rotisserie
        1001 S Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94110

        1. Angkor Borei
          Bodega Bistro
          Burmese Kitchen
          Helmand Palace
          Lers Ros
          Maykadeh
          Poc-Chuc
          Thai House Express

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          Bodega Bistro
          607 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94109

          Thai House Express
          901 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94109

          Helmand Palace
          2424 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109

          Maykadeh Cafe
          1180 Lincoln Ave, San Jose, CA 95125

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          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            Remember, Poc Chuc raised their prices. Most entrees are $18.

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            Poc Chuc
            2886 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

          2. If you have a car and can get to the outer mission, I think Broken Record is a great value considering the creativity of the food. It can get a little crazy on weekends, so I'd suggest if you go, try Wednesday or Thursday.
            http://www.brokenrecordsf.com/

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            Broken Record
            1166 Geneva Ave, San Francisco, CA

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            1. re: chuckl

              Didn't the Broken Record people just open another place closer in?

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              Broken Record
              1166 Geneva Ave, San Francisco, CA

              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                not sure, last time I was there was about 3 weeks ago. Broken Record is owned by the same guy who owns Church Key in North Beach. I hope it doesn't change, I really like that place

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                Broken Record
                1166 Geneva Ave, San Francisco, CA

                Church Key
                1402 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA

                1. re: chuckl

                  The original Broken Record chefs are now running the kitchen at Bruno's. But I hear good things about the people cooking at Broken Record now.

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                  Broken Record
                  1166 Geneva Ave, San Francisco, CA

                  1. re: Calvinist

                    I've heard that Broken Record rebounded nicely from the departure of the original chefs to Bruno's.

                    Meanwhile, Bruno's is definitely worth considering. Not exactly cheap eats, but definitely good bang for the buck. The OP appears to be from South Carolina, so it might be fun to check out the Bruno's chefs take on southern food.

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                    Broken Record
                    1166 Geneva Ave, San Francisco, CA

                    1. re: Calvinist

                      Where is this Bruno's? I didn't find it in a search.

                      1. re: Mick Ruthven

                        try this:
                        Bruno's
                        2389 Mission St
                        (between 19th St & 20th St)
                        San Francisco, CA 94110
                        (415) 643-5200
                        http://www.brunossf.com/
                        http://www.tablehopper.com/biz/brunos/

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                        Bruno's Restaurant
                        2389 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110