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Hello chowhounds. My boyfriend and I are doing a staycation in San Francisco this Friday. So far we have brunch (Zazie - we live in the Haight and he wants to try it) and dinner (surprise) figured out. While a snack isn't necessary I think it'd be nice to try something new.

Preferred (but not limited to) neighborhoods of snack: Mission, Haight, Lower Haight, Cole Valley, or Union Square. We don't have a car but are public transit enthusiasts.

We are more inclined towards savory dishes but if there is a bakery or dessert that is a must have, please let me know.

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  1. In the Mission, obviously, tacos. Hit 24th Street and try Taqueria Vallarta for a bunch of their little tacos in a variety of meats - they're sold at the entrance of the taqueria, in a little cart-like thing. Also, pupusas! at Antojitos Salvadorenos in the Mission Mall on Mission between 21st and 22nd. Rheas Deli on Valencia between 18th and 19th - try the korean beef sandwich or the pork katsu. A slice of pizza at Pizzeria Delfina on 18th St. If you're out late enough (and have enough liquor in you) a bacon wrapped hot dog on Mission between 16th and 23rd at various corners... Rosamunde's sausages in the Mission or in the Haight. The Sycamore - a wine/beer bar on Mission between 17th and 18th with upscale bar food - a fun little funky place. Have fun!

    Taqueria Vallarta
    3033 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

    Pizzeria Delfina
    3611 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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    1. re: mariacarmen

      He's already tried Rosamunde but I'm surprised we haven't tried any of the other recs! We're definitely missing out. Thank you!

    2. Get a cheese flight and a beer at Mission Cheese. The Gougère's at Tartine Bakery are excellent.

      Tartine Bakery
      600 Guerrero St, San Francisco, CA 94110

      Mission Cheese
      736 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

      1. I often find myself unable to drive across the Bay Bridge into SF and resist the siren's lure of carnitas from taco truck parked near Rainbow Foods -- is it the El tonayense?

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        1. re: escargot3

          It looks like they have a restaurant. We'll check it out, thank you!

          1. re: stephwongster

            i think it's moving, better call first.

            1. re: stephwongster

              oh, and as for my recommendation for Vallarta, it looks like they've closed:

              there's a new Taqueria Vallarta at Mission & 16th, but I can't find anything about it online, so I'm not sure if it's the same owners....

              Taqueria Vallarta
              3033 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

              1. re: mariacarmen

                The Vallarta location on 24th and Balmy is (temporarily?) closed. They got shut down by the health dept because there were complaints of the pigeons that often swoop in and out of the restaurant. So much that they eventually built a nest near the ceiling.

                The new location on 16th is the same owners. Short blurb here: http://sf.eater.com/archives/2011/09/...

                1. re: Keesey


          2. Tea leaf salad at Burmese Kitchen, or if that's out of the way, Yamo.

            Larkin Express Burmese Kitchen
            452 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94102

            3406 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              Will definitely look in to this if we need dinner ideas. Thanks!

              1. re: stephwongster

                You asked about snacks. Tea leaf salad is a great snack. I wouldn't recommend Yamo for dinner and Burmese Kitchen closes early.

                3406 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

                1. re: Robert Lauriston

                  Tea leaf salad is best eaten as an afternoon snack -- high caffeine content :-).

            2. Some suggestions:

              Lower Haight: -- split a kibbe platter at Palymya; and/or a honey cake
              Civic Center -- Lahmajun at Gyro King -- (although they do run out...)

              Hayes Valley - macarons from paulette

              Castro - a sandwich from Courtney's

              Polk Street -- Oysters at Swan's Oyster Bar
              Civic Center-ish -- Banh Mi at Saigon Sandwich

              1. Taiwanese steamed buns stuffed with pork belly, preserved vegetable, and cilantro, at Tea Garden in SOMA (Mission near 1st). One makes for a hearty snack.

                Jerky or other meat treats at Fatted Calf, Fell & Gough, in Hayes Valley.

                Tea Garden
                515 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94105

                1. When I read the topic, the first thing that popped into my head was a bag of 4505 Chicharrones.

                  If you're talking about a snack out, I would go for the apple green chile pie with cheddar crust at Chile Pies & Ice Cream.

                  1. The salumi cone from Boccalone at the Ferry Plaza Building is very good, and quite generous for the price.


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                    1. re: Euonymous

                      Great call. You can also walk it over to the Ferry Plaza Wine Merchants (maybe 20 steps), sit at the bar and enjoy your feast with some good red by the glass. The Wine Merchants folk are ok with this.

                      Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant
                      1 Ferry Bldg # 23, San Francisco, CA