HOME > Chowhound > San Francisco Bay Area >

Discussion

Best lunch spots in the mission??

Moderate to inexpensive in price. Suggestions? Please!

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
Delete
    1. re: ML8000

      Also... Taqueria Cancun.

      ETA: Don't forget to try Rhea's for the best sandwiches in SF.

    2. Balompie Cafe for pupusas. They have two locations in the mission, one on 18th Street and one on Mission Street.

      http://balompiecafe.com/index.html

      1. Little Star, Poc-Chuc, Truly Mediterranean, Pizzeria Delfina, Yamo, Udupi Palace, Taqueria San Jose, Old Jerusalem, Angkor Borei, El Metate, Chava's

        3 Replies
        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          i wouldn't consider angkor borei to be the mission.

          otherwise, i think robert covered it pretty well. but also, la santaneca for pupusas and mission chinese. i also prefer cancun for burritos, vallarta for tacos.

          1. re: vulber

            Mission Chinese Food is definitely worth a try, but I found the food's too hit-and-miss to rank on a "best" list, three of five dishes I tried I wouldn't order again, and the menu's not all that long.

            To me, the Mission District includes a sort of tail of the Mission Street flatlands between Noe Valley and Glen Park on the west and Bernal Heights and Holly Park on the east. What would you call it?

          2. re: Robert Lauriston

            I was in the city the other day and found myself obsessing about a carne asada burrito at San Jose. Hadn't had one for a long time, and it was so worth the trip. I get them with a red chili tortilla, refried black beans, and mild salsa, then load them up with one of the many salsas you can choose from at the back end of the restaurant. I order them to go, eat half at the restaurant, and save the second half for another meal.

            Bliss.

          3. -Mr. Pollo is now open for lunch
            -Local Kitchen
            -Luna Park
            -Mission Cheese
            -Zaytoon
            -Pica Pica
            -Limon Rotisserie / Limon
            -Venga Empanadas
            -Beretta and Foreign Cinema (weekends)

            1. Tortas los picudos and Pals takeaway both make good sandwiches

              1. local mission eatery, universal cafe, mission beach cafe, mission pie and ikes sandwiches

                  1. Adding a raft of links to the places I frequent that have not been mentioned yet. La Taqueria is on the expensive side for tacos, but moderate in the grand scheme of things - and their tacos are excellent. Tartine is probably not worth the lunch time wait, but if you hit it at the right time go for it. Blue Fig is maybe better for brunchy items, but if you're in the mood... Cafe Revolution is not really about the food, but the ambiance works for me, along with the contact high... La Corneta's menu goes well beyond burritos and everything is well prepared.

                    -----
                    Tartine Bakery
                    600 Guerrero St, San Francisco, CA 94110

                    La Taqueria
                    2889 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

                    La Corneta Taqueria
                    2731 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

                    Rosamunde Sausage Grill
                    2832 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

                    Blue Fig
                    990 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

                    5 Replies
                    1. re: BernalKC

                      The Revolution Cafe
                      3248 22nd St, San Francisco

                      1. re: wolfe

                        Thanks for the link correction. Here are some other links for places mentioned by others and known to and approved by me (plus El Tonayense which I forgot in round 1):

                        -----
                        Mission Pie
                        2901 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

                        Taqueria San Jose
                        2830 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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

                        Mission Beach Cafe
                        198 Guerrero St., San Francisco, CA 94103

                        Chava's Mexican Restaurant
                        2839 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

                        Balompie Cafe
                        3349 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

                        El Tonayense
                        2598 Harrison St, San Francisco, CA

                        Limon Rotisserie
                        1001 S Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94110

                        Revolution Cafe
                        3248 22nd St, San Francisco, CA 94110

                      2. re: BernalKC

                        What do you order at La Corneta? I was there a while back and ordered an al pastor and pollo asada taco. Both were good and fresh if a bit Americanized. Otherwise it's a very nice space and the staff are very good.

                        1. re: ML8000

                          Most times I'm getting a pretty basic carne asada or pollo asada burrito. But I also like their fish quesadilla, prawn burrito, and chili rellenos burrito. My family swears by the veggie burritos, and the baby burrito is a nice option for when you're not sooo hungry. I have not had the tacos, and from their looks, they would not pull me away from my La Taqueria / San Jose Taqueria favorites.

                          1. re: ML8000

                            Not al pastor which better at Taqueria San Jose. The carnitas are less greasy than most but good. I tend to get pork in salsa verde, but go by what looks freshest. Nothing there is especially spicy, but it's still authentic.

                            They will cook shrimp to order for tacos.

                        2. Local Mission
                          Blue Fig
                          Pastores (Outer Mission near 30th)

                          -----
                          Pastores Restaurant
                          3486 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

                          Local Mission Eatery
                          3111 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

                          Blue Fig
                          990 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110