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brentbacher Aug 23, 2011 05:05 PM

My family is from Orange County and we are staying a weekend in SF in November this year. we are staying at the Grand Hyatt on Stockton street, cross street is post. we have dined at crustacen before and loved it. we would love to hear from the chow hounds where we can find some "great eats" off the beaten path. we are open to any cusine and any price range, cheaper the better! not looking for long reviews, just unique places with yummy food.

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    ceekskat Aug 25, 2011 06:53 AM

    Gitane, not far from your hotel. Have a few bites with great drinks.

    http://gitanerestaurant.com/

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      timeo Aug 24, 2011 10:52 AM

      Two words for you:

      Tu Lan

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      Tu Lan
      8 6th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

      1. pamf Aug 23, 2011 05:25 PM

        Here are a couple of recent topics on Bargain eating in SF:

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/788651
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/788263

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          brentbacher Aug 23, 2011 05:43 PM

          thx, I figured this has been asked many times.

          1. re: brentbacher
            hill food Aug 23, 2011 06:07 PM

            yep and a simple rule of thumb (with LOTS of exceptions) is the trashier the neighborhood looks, the better the food value. get thee away from Union Square proper, either into the Tenderloin, the Mission, a Chinatown alley or even the edges of the Financial District.

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              Windy Aug 23, 2011 10:09 PM

              I agree with your rec to get out of Union Square.

              But what good restaurants are in alleys in Chinatown? I like City View, which is on a pedestrian only street, but it's far from a dive.

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

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                hill food Aug 25, 2011 12:48 AM

                I dunno weird little bakeries or congee joints. I never bothered to record the names. (some source I am) in any city I just wander and look in the window and I've lucked out numerous times.

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                  Stephanie Wong Aug 25, 2011 07:28 AM

                  It's been a couple years but Utopia Cafe on Waverly Place comes to mind. . .Long enough to not remember what I enjoyed or who else was with me.

                  http://www.chow.com/restaurants/14319...

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                  Utopia Cafe
                  141 Waverly Pl, San Francisco, CA 94108

                  1. re: Stephanie Wong
                    grayelf Aug 27, 2011 07:16 AM

                    We really enjoyed the "tea time" snacks at Utopia but that was four years ago now (went a few times) -- the squid was a standout.

                    Would Dol Ho's qualify?

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                    Dol Ho
                    808 Pacific Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

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                  acetaminophen Aug 24, 2011 09:02 AM

                  I agree with Chinatown--lots of cheap eats to be found there. Yong Kee on Jackson Street in Chinatown sells a huge chicken bun with half a hard-boiled egg inside. Lots of bakeries with unique, cheap buns and pastries.

                  Be sure to check out the Ferry Building for good places to eat and shop. Smaller farmer's market on Thursday and a much, much larger one on Saturday. Acme Bread has good sandwiches at lunchtime. Food trucks gather there. Get some chicken from Roli Roti (the truck shows at up the farmer's market).

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                  Yong Kee
                  732 Jackson St, San Francisco, CA 94133

                  Roli Roti
                  , Hayward, CA

                  Ferry Plaza Farmers Market
                  One Ferry Building, 200 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA

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                    ronnabay Aug 25, 2011 08:28 AM

                    Get a porchetta sandwich from Roli Roti at Thursday's Ferry Building Farmer's Market! The best sandwich in the world!

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                    Roli Roti
                    , Hayward, CA

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