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Oct 21, 2011 04:59 PM

Cheap Eats near California Pacific Medical Center?

Hi all,

Husband and I have some time between appointments at Cal Pacific Medical Center (on the corner of Sacramento and Maple) next Wednesday and looking for any ideas for inexpensive great lunchtime places within short walking distance? We'll have about an hour for lunch. Looking for someplace no more than 4-5 blocks away.


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  1. One place i see nearby is Rigolo Cafe - anyone eaten here and can recommend?

    3465 California St, San Francisco, CA 94118

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    1. re: shemeansmo

      I have a friend who lives in that neighborhood who eats there frequently. I believe there is some ownership relation with the group that runs the La Boulange cafes, so they should have some nice bread and pastries.

      1. re: pamf

        Yes, it's another Pascal Rigo outpost. It's fine and is cafeteria style, so fast.

        A few more blocks would be Clement and Arguello area, where you'd have more choices. Le Soleil on Clement and 2nd is solid Vietnamese.

    2. Pancho's Salsa Bar & Grill on Geary @ Stanyan. Good Mexican food for the area.

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      1. re: baron45

        Without a doubt, Delfina Pizzaria on California at Fillmore. Salads, pasta, and of course, pizza. SF classic

        1. re: cortez

          I love Pizzeria Delfina, but the hospital shemeansmo is asking about is not within walking distance. It's the old Children's Hospital, not the California Pacific campus on Clay.

          Pizzeria Delfina
          2406 California St, San Francisco, CA 94115

      2. Dolce & Salato on Sacramento at Locust is a great little place. It's not dirt cheap, but you can get a sandwich and soup or salad for $10.

        1. Rigolo is very good - salads, sandwiches, etc. and it is pretty quick. Dolce and Salato, as someone mentioned, is great too - panini's, salads, soups, etc. Also in Laurel Village is Asqew Grill (on California at Laurel), which has good salads with grilled meats, and Pasta Pomodoro (on California at Spruce) isn't bad - I get a steak salad there that is pretty good. All of these options are about a 5 minute walk from CPMC. Good luck!

          3465 California St, San Francisco, CA 94118

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          1. re: meggie t

            Beg to differ about the overcooked chicken and tough beef at Askew. Rigolo is tasty.

            3465 California St, San Francisco, CA 94118

            1. re: stanbee

              Sorry you have had a bad chicken experience. For the price and convenience, I don't think it is that bad.

          2. Mandalay Restaurant on California St & 5th Ave or so is good Burmese. I like it better than the more popular Burma Superstar

            The "avenue blocks" are much shorter than the "street blocks" (going between CA & Clement & Geary so it's not much further than the Clement St spot Le Soleil Windy mentions

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            1. re: drewskiSF

              for some reason couldn't add (the right) links to the previous post

              Mandalay Restaurant
              4344 California St, San Francisco, CA 94118

              Le Soleil Authentic Vietnamese
              133 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118