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ISO cheap, yumminess around Outer Sunset near GG park for lunch [San Francisco]

Chinese, Banh Mi, Mexican, Indian, Ethiopian, Malaysian.....anything tasty. We won't have a car, but will be at the Japanese tea House and surrounding area that day.
I'm open to anything. You guys are the experts!

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  1. The tea garden is closest to the inner Richmond and then the inner Sunset. I am only making this distinction because there are many, many more options in these neighborhoods.

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      1. re: tattud_gurl

        Most of the options in the inner Richmond are on Clement, which is five blocks north of the park, so I would probably stick with Irving Street which is one black south. I am not the most familiar with that great dining district, but I am sure others will chime in.

        Off the top of my head there is San Tung (btwn 11th & 12th) for their famous dry fried chicken wings, and one of my favorite pho places in SF is at PPQ near 19th Ave.

        1. re: Civil Bear

          I DO love me some pho.........
          PPQ Noodle House or PPQ Dungeous Island?
          Prolly noodle huse......

          1. re: tattud_gurl

            Loi's Vietnamese Restaurant (2232 Irving) is good and very reasonably priced.

            1. re: tattud_gurl

              PPQ Noodle House on Irving at 19th for pho. Their sister restaurant PPQ Dungenous Island on Clement is more formal and is the place to go for Vietnamese crab over garlic noodles. It is a special treat here in SF and should not be missed. Chinese versions are also good.

                  1. re: Ruth Lafler

                    PPQ Dungeness Island has been under new management for a while. Is it still as good? Early Yelp reports scared me off.

                    1. re: bigwheel042

                      Can't say as the last time I was there was in August. Too bad about the reports if accurate.

                      1. re: Civil Bear

                        The ownership change was around September 2011 if Yelp is to be believed. Reports there do seem to have rebounded, FWIW.

        2. Do a search for 9th/Irving. There's a neighborhood where there's 3 dozen or more places to eat within walking distance to the Tea Garden. Of if you're coming from downtown you might be taking public transporation and getting off at 9th/Irving.

          1. If you do, in fact, want the Outer Sunset than I am crazy about the Beach Side Cafe. Excellent coffee. Desserts and breads baked in-house. Not ethnic, but very good flavors and portion size. It is on Judah and 47th Ave, way out there.

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            1. re: saffrongold

              Unless they made improvements over Java Beach coffee shop, their coffee is just OK. I like Trouble quite a bit more.

              1. re: jsdav

                At Trouble: cinnamon toast gets my vote.

                1. re: jsdav

                  Trouble wins, but Java Beach had started a roasting program with more upscale coffees about a year or two ago.

                  Beach Side Coffee isn't really anywhere I'd send someone though. Outerlands and Trouble are the only worthwhile destinations over there.

                  1. re: jsdav

                    I've had atrocious coffee at Trouble. It really depends who makes it. Devil's Teeth might be a better option.

                    1. re: Windy

                      Does Devil's Teeth serve espresso? When I said coffee, I meant espresso. I haven't tried coffee at Trouble nor the coffee at Devil's teeth.

                      I haven't been to Trouble too many times; only enough to know they make better macchiato than Java Beach.

                2. Wooly Pig Cafe on Hugo near 3rd has wonderful sandwiches.

                  I'm also very fond of Lime Tree on Irving near 7th for Singaporean.

                  The tea garden is almost exactly between the Sunset and Richmond.

                  Next door to San Tung on Irving is Yummy Yummy, where I'd go for Vietnamese.

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                  1. re: Windy

                    I should visit the Wooly Pig Cafe more often. I definitely second the suggestion.

                    If the emphasis is more on cheap than delicious, Howards cafe is kind of a quirky throwback with acceptable food, a U shaped bar for the solo diner in the center/back of the space, and specials that have been taped to the wall for 10 years. My favorite is breakfast (cannot be messed up) but lunch is ok considering it's about $5. It's a diner.

                    It may be blasphemy, but the $10 Curry Village indian buffet on 9th st is the BEST indian buffet. The food is fresh, spicy, and doesn't look like they got it from Indian Sysco. It's tasty and just a little bit on the north end of cheap.

                    1. re: oranj

                      Why would it be blasphemy to recommend Curry Village?? I find it consistently good.

                      1. re: saffrongold

                        i guess because it's the only indian buffet i've eaten at that has good food. The rest of them in that neighborhood are pretty lousy.

                        1. re: oranj

                          Minor correction - the lunch buffet is actually $10.99. I happened to be nearby today and checked. (Ended up eating elsewhere.)

                    2. re: Windy

                      Wooly Pig Cafe is decent but it didn't blow me away as a destination sandwich but for a casual light meal, it's better than a lot of the other options in the area.

                    3. Thank you for all your help. I think Curry Village is the winner!

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                      1. re: tattud_gurl

                        I've heard from people who go there often that the chef/owner changes what's in the buffet and that he's an excellent cook.