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Cheap Eats near California Pacific Medical Center?

shemeansmo Oct 21, 2011 04:59 PM

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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    shemeansmo Oct 21, 2011 05:02 PM

    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
      pamf Oct 21, 2011 05:49 PM

      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.

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        Windy Oct 22, 2011 09:15 AM

        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. baron45 Oct 21, 2011 05:06 PM

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

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        cortez Oct 21, 2011 09:19 PM

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

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          Windy Oct 22, 2011 09:17 AM

          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

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        bex109 Oct 23, 2011 02:03 PM

        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.

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          meggie t Oct 23, 2011 03:09 PM

          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
            stanbee Oct 27, 2011 06:32 PM

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

            3465 California St, San Francisco, CA 94118

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              meggie t Oct 29, 2011 11:40 AM

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

          2. drewskiSF Oct 24, 2011 03:32 PM

            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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              drewskiSF Oct 24, 2011 03:35 PM

              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

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              shemeansmo Oct 27, 2011 05:28 PM

              Thanks everyone for the recs. Ended up at Rigolo and it was an adorable place and delicious food. Went into Dolce and Salato to check things out and it looks great. Will prob eat there next time we're out that way.

              3465 California St, San Francisco, CA 94118

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                vulber Oct 27, 2011 11:03 PM

                not by any standards a cheap lunch, but the lunch menu at spruce is an absolute bargain compared to dinner and the quality is still there unlike other high-end places that skimp on their lunch menu

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