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Feb 8, 2013 06:23 AM

Dives, foodtrucks, cheap eats

Going to SFO for the first time. Not looking for the most expensive food, but really great cheap eats. We're staying around nob hill, but anywhere in the city is fine.
We are adventurous eaters, so any enthinicity is welcome. We love Mexican, Ethiopian, Vietnamese, Thai...just about anything.
We are spending 2 days up in Napa with friends, so any ideas up there are welcome, too.
Thank you in advance.

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  1. Here are a few links to where you might find food trucks in the SFO area - Off the Grid is the main organizer, they have a weekly email you can sign up for that will tell you who is at what location they are organizing.

    1. For your purposes, the SF Chronicle's Bargain Bites list is not a bad place to start. Here you go:

      Browse and enjoy.

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      1. re: dunstable

        Maybe half the places on that list are genuine bargains but due to the Chron's arbitrary criteria there are many hipster / yuppie places that are the most expensive of their type, e.g. American Eatery and Gott's. It's also out of date, e.g. Broken Record.

      2. The Tonyaense taco truck at Shotwell and 16th is good and cheap.

        The hipster fad trucks at Off the Grid and so on are typically more expensive than hole-in-the-wall restaurants.

        Long list of cheap eats:

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        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          Awesome, Robert! Thank you so much. this will really help

        2. Cheap eats in Napa is not an easy thing to find.

          Your best bets are:

          Bistro Sabor (love their asparagus and mushroom taco)
          Grace's Table (go for the 3:00 to 6:00 happy hour and fill yourself up on the appetizer menu at half-price!)
          Oxbow Market

          For food trucks, Crossroad Chicken is probably the best one to seek out. Google their website as it moves every day. There are a ton of taco trucks all over the city...

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          1. re: CarrieWas218

            thank you so much, Carrie. Makes me hungry!

          2. the best Ethiopian and Eritrean is in the east bay but Moya is good and in the city, thier kitfo is really good and they have gluten free injera. From nob hill it's easy to get many places by bus or on foot The mission for cheap latin american food of many cuisines Mi lindo Peru, mission burritos in it's many forms, If you go out the aves there are tons of Chinese and some Taiwanese places, I like the frog and bitter melon at Eight Immortals Restaurant and Taste of Formosa for Taiwanese snacks and dishes. You'll be staying near the Tenderloin which has lots of cheap eats but some tourists (and locals) can't handle the grittier neighborhood. Golden Era has great fake meats.