Monday, September 19, 2005
Bargain Bites of San Francisco
Bargain Bites is one of my favorite editions of the San Francisco Chronicle magazine. This year it is even better than it's been in the past. There are tons of great places to eat where you can find "a good-tasting entree for $10 or less." Some of the places listed are already favorites (such as Shanghai Dumpling Shop and Naan 'n Curry), others I'm dying to try (such as Tajine Morocccan and Pagolac). These are places where 90 percent of the menu is $10 or less; and two people should be able to eat dinner for $30 or less.
While I think the Chronicle did a great job, as to be expected I don't completely agree with the choices (there is at least one horrid place on the list and a few more that are lackluster). Many of what would have been my top picks got left off the list this year or have never been reviewed by the Chronicle. Here are my top picks that for whatever reason, didn't make the cut, all are in San Francisco except one place in San Rafael.
607 Larkin St.
Some of the best Vietnamese food in the City
151 Third St.
Fabulous sandwiches and soups
1412 Polk St
Really wonderful Indian place with friendly service and tasty food
3193 Mission St
Good Mexican food but the pupusas are the real star
1559 Franklin St.
Bargain rice plates and noodles at lunch and full menu for dinner
815 Clement St
Great neighborhood Chinese restaurant with fantastic seafood
274 Lombard St.
Terrific breakfasts, scones and potato pancakes with most every meal
1416 Powell St.
Very fresh dim sum and cheap
4348 California St.
For exotic Burmese food
Mo's Gourmet Burgers
1322 Grant Ave
For delicious burgers and the best fries and milkshakes
340 Bellam Blvd
San Rafael (Marin County)
Taqueria with huge portions and tiny prices
1581 Webster St Japantown Center
Fabulous miso ramen
445 Clement St.
For all kinds of noodles and dumplings plus all the veggie dishes
The tastiest deli sandwiches this town has to offer, really