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Aug 23, 2011 05:05 PM

Great Eats Downtown SF

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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    1. re: pamf

      thx, I figured this has been asked many times.

      1. re: brentbacher

        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.

        1. re: hill food

          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.

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

          1. re: Windy

            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.

            1. re: Windy

              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.


              Utopia Cafe
              141 Waverly Pl, San Francisco, CA 94108

              1. re: Stephanie Wong

                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?

                Dol Ho
                808 Pacific Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

            2. re: hill food

              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).

              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

              1. re: acetaminophen

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

                Roli Roti
                , Hayward, CA

        2. Two words for you:

          Tu Lan

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

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