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Three nights, working, on the cheap. Please feed me. [San Francisco]

Memphidelity Jan 18, 2014 07:49 AM

I'm coming in for a conference near Fisherman's Wharf. There's little budget and less time. No fancy. No reservations. What's a dude to do? Thanks for all of your help.

  1. bbulkow Jan 18, 2014 03:51 PM

    Depends on how little time you really have, and where you're from.

    If you're not from SoCal, you can do worse than the In-n-out down there. Search the board for all the in n out lore, I just get a #1 meal.

    Crab's in season. Grab one. If you're used to getting your hands dirty, just get a fresh steamed one from the sidewalk places, there's one by the big crab sign, just make sure you see a live crab go into the steamer. Not cheap, but a peak experience. Avoid the chowder.

    The close edge of north beach isn't too far a haul, with places like Tony's Pizza (one of the few, if not only, coal burning pizza ovens on the west coast, but not cheap). I've had a good sandwich at Mario's Bohemian, where I think you get the Chicken Parm Sand witch.

    I am not fond of Tommy's, it seems more nostalgic than good. It's a bit of a haul (but a straight shot, esp by bus) from FW. At least it's cheap.

    Usually locals avoid the heck out of FW. At least you're a 5 minute taxi from quite a lot of food, so you should let people here know if you can relax the constraints on time or price - or add a little detail on what "cheap" and "quick" mean to you....

    1. little big al Jan 18, 2014 03:27 PM

      Not the best restaurant in North Beach, but one of the cheapest (and an old favorite of mine) is good old U.S. (for Unione Sportiva) on Columbus. Dinner specials from $10.00 and calamari and pasta or veg. (1/2 order, believe me it's plenty) on Fri. night for $9 last time I checked. Next door, fancier and a little more expensive, but still good value is L'Osteria del Forno. More upscale Northern Italian vs. U.S.' southern Italian/ East coast Italo' -American style. Another rec. for Yuet Lee, Calvin Trillin and I both like it.. Codmother on the wharf is the only place I'd consider eating, although I've heard that Tanguito is also okay.

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      1. re: little big al
        DavidT Jan 18, 2014 04:53 PM

        Menu at the U.S. Restaurant:


        1. re: DavidT
          Melanie Wong Jan 18, 2014 05:32 PM

          Here's my recent post on dinner at Original U. S. Restaurant,

      2. Melanie Wong Jan 18, 2014 10:57 AM

        If you're actually stationed in Fisherman's Wharf, then check out the Tanguito truck. It's stationary and provides outdoor seating.

        1. Robert Lauriston Jan 18, 2014 10:24 AM

          Where, exactly? That's a largeish neighborhood and there's nothing like a conference center that I know of.

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            walker Jan 18, 2014 09:51 AM

            Take the Van Ness Bus or Polk Bus. (To save even more $, walk Polk Street, it's mostly flat and some of it you can window shop.)

            Get yourself to Tommy's Joynt on the corner of Geary/Van Ness (one block over from Polk). You can get filled up for very little money. Hofbrau type place. I like the turkey.

            Also on Polk near Broadway there's an Escape from New York pizza by the slice place -- really big pieces. They have the regular flavors but a special one is the sliced red potato with roasted garlic and pesto.

            You can walk to North Beach, go to Green St. and get a slice of Golden Boy pizza. (It's square pieces, they'll heat up the slice for you.) If you like coffee, go to Trieste on the corner of Grant/Vallejo.

            Chinatown is next to North Beach, lots of cheap places but the one I prefer costs more: Yuet Lee, corner of Broadway/Stockton.

            1. d
              DavidT Jan 18, 2014 09:51 AM

              Take a look at this thread about the "Bargain Bites" issue of the SF Chronicle:


              The map at sfgate.com will show you what places are located near Fisherman's Wharf.


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              1. re: DavidT
                Robert Lauriston Jan 18, 2014 10:27 AM

                That map has nothing closer to FW than Tony's Slice House, which might be the most expensive by-the-slice pizza place in town.

                1. re: Robert Lauriston
                  DavidT Jan 18, 2014 03:02 PM

                  Thanks for the helpful information!

                2. re: DavidT
                  DavidT Jan 18, 2014 03:01 PM

                  Il Pollaio (on Columbus, south of Union St.) is a good place for grilled chicken.


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