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FIDI "nice" inexpensive lunch?

My boss wants to personally treat me to lunch. Usually we just have Thai or something (Dutch). I don't want to go to Palio but need something in about a 6 block radius of Montgomery and Sacramento that is "boss appropriate" without making me feel bad for her spending too much?

We've been to R&G lounge before, so I was thinking of something less ethinic - maybe Italian or American? I think Wexler's and Wayfarer Tavern are maybe too $$.

Elephant and Castle?

I always draw a blank because I generally eat at my desk or at the nearest hole in the wall....

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  1. Bocadillos?

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    Bocadillos
    710 Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94111

    1. How about Paladar? or Jai Yun (still $9 prix-fixe)? or City View for dim sum?

      Wexler's prices are pretty moderate at lunch:

      http://www.wexlerssf.com/menus/wexler...

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      Jai Yun
      680 Clay St, San Francisco, CA 94111

      City View Restaurant
      662 Commercial St, San Francisco, CA 94111

      1. Cafe Claude has very nice atmosphere. Sandwiches/salads are $11-12, plates are $15ish.

        http://www.cafeclaude.com/html/lunch....

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        Cafe Claude
        7 Claude Lane, San Francisco, CA 94108

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        1. re: betterbeheaven

          Barbacco?

          Restaurant Ducroix?

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          Barbacco
          230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

          Ducroix
          690 Sacramento St, San Francisco, CA

          1. re: nsheth

            Yup. Barbacco. There's such a wide range of dishes at lunch that you can easily choose something(s) that won't add up to too much. If you and your boss have the kind of relationship where you can share, even better, as the salumi plate is big enough for two.

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            Barbacco
            230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

            1. re: nsheth

              Second Ducroix and Paladar. But you have to get to Paladar early, or there is a wait, or you get sent to the underground shamehole downstairs. Just had lunch there yesterday, after not having been in almost a year, and the food is still wonderful.

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              Ducroix
              690 Sacramento St, San Francisco, CA

          2. Jai Yun now starts at $18 for lunch

            Would second Robert's Wexler's recommendation - good lunch food too.

            Would indeed avoid Wayfare Tavern - despite the promise of specials on their web site, the lunch menu is the same as the dinner menu, with only one entree (the burger, which I wasn't even a huge fan of) under $20.

            Does Tadich have the same lunch menu as dinner menu?

            This would be slightly beyond your six-block limit, but another option would be Il Cane Rosso in the Ferry Building.

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            Jai Yun
            680 Clay St, San Francisco, CA 94111

            Il Cane Rosso
            1 Ferry Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94105

            Wayfare Tavern
            558 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

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            1. re: vulber

              Tadich isn't inexpensive. Not much under $20.

            2. There's also Credo. I wasn't that impressed the one time I went there, but a lot of my coworkers rave about it.

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              1. re: Pandora

                Interesting. I think I may go back to Paladar or try Barabacco. Credo I know is new, but have not tried yet.

                1. re: myst

                  Went to Barbacco. Two lunches and one appetizer came to $33 not too bad at all.

                  We had the nduja appetizer, which was good, but not really my thing. It was like spreading a spicy salami paste on crostini. I like salami in small doses, and was more interested in trying the sausage as a flavor element (I think they use it in their mussel dish).

                  I had the porchetta sandwich. Big enough to split with someone, the pork was tender and very flavorful. I would recommend one sandwich and appetizers for lunch next time I'm there with a guest....

                  My boss had the lasagna, I think because she felt pressured to pick something. She did not seem thrilled, but finished most of it. I did not try it. It looked very creamy.

                  Thanks for the recs. Barbacco is a little less than Wexlers and quite nice.

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                  Barbacco
                  230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111