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S.F.'s Best Cheap-Eats Spots (& What To Order)

(Last Updated On: December 20, 2017)

We don’t learn about you, however we’re unsure we are able to deal with one other “S.F. is the most expensive city in the world” headline. We get it — San Francisco is an awfully pricy place to stay today, what with the $15 cocktails, $40 Uber rides, and, yeah, the hire.

But serving to us ease the monetary ache is the magnificent choice of scrumptious, reasonably priced eats forward, all of that are $10 or much less (and might be discovered in all places from unostentatious markets to among the high eating places on the town). From tacos to toast, the next spots will depart each your abdomen and your pockets feeling full.

Hot Sauce & Panko
How do you want your rooster wings? Tossed with lime and caramelized fish sauce, or smoky with chipotle and pesto-avocado crema? We don’t even care the way you taste ‘em, as long as they’re the juicy-crisp specimens from Hot Sauce and Panko. Even higher is their Wings and a Waffle particular, which features a half dozen wings and an ethereal, buttery Belgian waffle on your game-day (or any-day) enjoyment.

Hot Sauce and Panko, 1468 Hyde Street (at Jackson Street); 415-359-1908.

Tartine Bakery
Speaking of prohibitive strains, Tartine’s tends to strike concern within the coronary heart of even the hungriest San Francisco meals lovers. But, oh, is your endurance rewarded if you make the leap, significantly when you have got the nice sense to order one in all its face-sized ham-and-cheese croissants. A full meal in pastry kind, this coil of butter-laden majesty has sufficient sharp Gruyère cheese and thickly sliced smoked ham to place a sandwich of the identical title to disgrace. It’s large enough to share, however belief us…you received’t need to.

Tartine Bakery, 600 Guerrero Street (at 18th Street); 415-487-2600.

Arinell Pizza
A New York-style pizzera in San Francisco, Arinell serves up grab-and-go jumbo triangle slices — the crust is chewy-thin, the sauce is savory, and the costs are on level.

Arinell Pizza, 09 Valencia Street (); 415-255-1303.

HRD is a quick and reasonably priced South Park spot serving up true international fusion fare — with all the things from Mexican to Korean aptitude. Must orders embody the Kimchi burrito, quick rib bibimbap, poke salad, and Bulgogi tacos to call only a scrumptious few (all starting from $9 to $13).

HRD, 521A third Street (between Taber Aly and Park Avenue); 415-543-2355.

WesBurger ‘N’ More
San Francisco’s WesBurger has basic old-school diner vibes and serves up, because the title suggests, greater than only a badass burger — we’re speaking rooster sammies, burritos, steaks, salads, ‘n’ extra! Be certain to cease in and check out the “Hot Wes” patty served with onion rings, queso, and pickled jalapeños for simply $11. Oh, and a facet of the $four tater tots are to not missed.

WesBurger ‘N’ More, 2240 Mission Street (between 19th and 18th Street); 415-745-9371.

Saucy Asian
This downtown San Francisco joint serves up quick Korean fare with a “California kick” — strive one of many savory rice bowls with a soy egg and a few kimchi on high ($11), an order of the three road tacos ($10), or simply “Poké It” with their Island Style poké bowl ($13).

Saucy Asian, 3801 17th Street (at Sanchez Street); 415-834-5555.

The Pizza Shop
The Pizza Shop in S.F.’s Mission neighborhood slings out NY-style slices for $four — the white spinach with mozzarella, ricotta, Parmesan, and garlic and the white mushroom pies are tacky crowd pleasers.

The Pizza Shop, 3104 24th Street (at Folsom Street); 415-824-1840.

Bini’s Kitchen
Bini’s scrumptious Nepali momos (i.e. dumplings) come crammed with both turkey, rooster, pork, or greens and are able to be dunked in a spicy facet of tomato cilantro puree. Pick up an genuine Tibetan curry lunch with a facet of momos all for simply $10.

Bini’s Kitchen, 2948 Folsom Street (between 25th Street & 26th Street); 415-361-6911.

Photo: Courtesy of Bini’s Kitchen.

Balompie Cafe
The solely factor higher than fresh-slapped, griddle-fried masa is fresh-slapped, griddle-fried masa crammed with melted cheese and velvety refried beans. At Balompie, the pupusas are deftly formed and stuffed by the fingers of masters, the cheese is molten, and the accompanying cabbage slaw is the right vinegary pairing. You can’t go fallacious with any of the filling combos, however we love the pure simplicity of the bean and cheese — it actually wants no accompaniment.

Balompie Cafe, 3349 18th Street (between South Van Ness Avenue and Capp Street); 415-648-9199. 3801 Mission Street (between Richland and Crescent avenues); 415-647-4000.

Photo: Courtesy of @lindabow.

Bi-Rite Creamery
In a city of lengthy strains, Bi-Rite’s could very nicely be essentially the most reliable — come rain or come shine, we are going to wind across the block for the pleasure of a scoop or three. Get your cash’s price with one in all its killer sundaes — our high decide is the Afternoon Snack, that includes roasted banana ice cream, caramel sauce, and the completely good house-made graham crackers. Don’t overlook to take full benefit of their free-sample coverage, too.

Bi-Rite Creamery, a number of places.

Photo: Courtesy of @my_koh.

4505 Burgers & BBQ
With a reputation like that, you’d higher guess that is greatness in burger kind. 4505 delivers with its wealthy, grass-fed-beef patty topped with Gruyère cheese and served on a buttery, crisp sesame- and scallion-topped bun. It manages to completely stroll the high-quality line between top-quality elements and down-home, diner-esque comfort-food taste (don’t even get us began on the key sauce). And you possibly can even add bacon or avocado and nonetheless are available in beneath the $10 mark.

4505 Burgers & BBQ, 705 Divisadero Street (at Grove Street); 415-231-6993.

Photo: Courtesy of @mattyuencooks.

Devil’s Teeth Baking Company
There are breakfast sandwiches which might be rapidly assembled and easily meant to present you vitality for the day forward. Then there are breakfast sandwiches that tackle a much bigger, virtually divine objective — they don’t simply begin your day, they make it. The humongous, biscuit-topped variations from Devil’s Teeth do that admirably. The bacon-egg-and-cheese unique is tops, however recently we’ve been feeling the particular — it options the identical flaky, buttery biscuit topped with fluffy scrambled eggs, plus thick smoked bacon, pepper jack cheese, avocado, and lemon-garlic aioli. It’s going to be a gorgeous day.

Devil’s Teeth Baking Company, 3876 Noriega Street (between 45th Avenue and 46th Avenue); 415-683-5533.

Photo: Courtesy of @jonasapproved.

Arguello Super Market
As quintessentially Northern Californian as a sandwich will get, the roast turkey at Arguello is a standout due to its spit-roasted preparation — the meat is at all times juicy, tender, and nicely salted, significantly when the darkish and chicken mixture is layered on a mushy, candy Dutch crunch roll. Add avocado and pepper jack cheese, and also you’ll have a park-ready feast at your disposal.

Arguello Super Market, 782 Arguello Boulevard (close to McAllister Street); 415-751-5121.

Photo: Courtesy of @lovelymadds.

Mission Banh Mi at Duc Loi Supermarket
There are cheaper banh mi on the town, however few are as generously topped and addictively good because the specimens discovered at Duc Loi. We love all of them (together with the wonderful fried tofu), nevertheless it’s onerous to beat the decidedly untraditional fried-chicken model, which options layer upon layer of thinly pounded, panko-fried rooster topped with caper aioli, pork paté, slaw, and jalapeños.

Mission Banh Mi, 2200 Mission Street (at 18th Street); 415-551-1772.

Photo: Courtesy of @rheayo.

Chomp N’ Swig
What’s higher than a grilled-cheese sandwich? A grilled-cheese sandwich slathered with bacon butter, loaded with guacamole and sharp cheddar cheese, and pressed till it is melty and crisp (but manages to keep away from being greasy!). Pair it with a craft beer, and contemplate your self in paradise.

Chomp N’ Swig, 1541 Clement Street (between 16th Avenue and 17th Avenue); 415-683-5946.

Photo: Courtesy of @lanaberrie.

Eddie’s Cafe
We couldn’t design a greater neighborhood diner than Eddie’s even when we tried. From the smiling workers to the mismatched espresso mugs, Eddie’s is assured to remedy what ails you, and promptly sufficient to can help you climb again in mattress after. Really go for it with its Special Combination — one egg, two pancakes, and two strips of bacon (be at liberty so as to add hash browns in case you’re feeling feisty). Simple, simple, and completely scrumptious.

Eddie’s Cafe, 800 Divisadero Street (at Fulton Street); 415-563-9780.

Photo: Courtesy of @angelamilz.

Golden Boy Pizza
There’s no scarcity of pizza-by-the-slice joints, however few garner the accolades of Golden Boy. The thick, sq. slices are buttery-tasting slightly than greasy, toppings are beneficiant, and with the mixture (which is loaded with sausage, pepperoni, and greens), you possibly can actually have all of it. Most considerably, these slices style simply pretty much as good if you’re sober as if you’re…lower than.

Golden Boy Pizza, 542 Green Street (close to Columbus Avenue); 415-982-9738.

Photo: Courtesy of @bayareaeatery.

Kasa Indian Eatery
The flavor-packed kati rolls from Kasa Indian Eatery might virtually be thought of quaint — fresh-griddled roti is dolloped along with your alternative of filling, starting from lamb curry to gobi aloo. Simple perfection — and dainty sufficient to warrant ordering a minimum of two.

Kasa Indian Eatery, a number of places.

Photo: Courtesy of @solingphoto.

House of Pancakes
Banish sticky, syrup-covered cubicles out of your thoughts — House of Pancakes options savory, buttery specimens laced with scallions or peppered with sesame seeds, and rendered pliant and crispy on a sizzling griddle earlier than being rolled round quite a lot of fillings. The greatest of those is the beef-roll pancake, that includes a inexperienced onion wrapper full of a heady combination of shredded beef and hoisin sauce.

House of Pancakes, 937 Taraval Street (between 19th and 20th avenues); 415-681-8388.

Photo: Courtesy of @sandytangy.

ICHI Sushi + NI Bar
Celebratory nights name for the omakase at ICHI, hands-down one of many best possible sushi experiences on the town. But that doesn’t imply we are able to’t be regulars at this vigorous, soulful Mission joint — their hand rolls function the identical gorgeous high quality of fish, immaculate sushi rice, and deft ability of the cooks, at a decidedly extra reasonably priced worth level. We love the umi masu (ocean trout) with shiso, however your greatest guess is to ask the crew for suggestions and every day specials.

ICHI Sushi + NI Bar, 3282 Mission Street (close to 29th Street); 415- 525-4750.

Photo: Courtesy of @ichisushi.

La Palma Mexicatessen
Everyone’s acquired their go-to taqueria, however we are able to’t get sufficient of La Palma on 24th Street. The brightly hued “Mexicatessen” might be counted on for luscious, slow-cooked fillings (significantly these carnitas) and, most significantly, freshly made, pliant, and hearty corn tortillas. Be certain to get a still-warm bag to go for at-home taco functions.

La Palma Mexicatessen, 2884 24th Street (at Florida Street); 415-647-1500.

Photo: Courtesy of @jicamafood.

We understand it’s dishonest, however we are able to’t decide only one factor to advocate from Marlowe. The always-packed SOMA hotspot has our hearts — due to their deviled eggs, wealthy and creamy and topped with jalapeños and bacon and cheese; and their Brussels sprouts chips, golden-fried specimens of oily, nutty deliciousness brightened with a beneficiant squeeze of lemon. Plus, the eggs-and-greens mixture is a very authentic (and wholesome!) meal, proper?

Marlowe, 500 Brannan Street (at 4th Street); 415-777-1413.

Photo: Courtesy of @thelowe_down.

Lime Tree Southeast Asian Kitchen
Have you had martabak earlier than? If not, put together to have your world rocked a little bit bit — a flaky, tender roti pancake is stretched skinny and crammed with minced meat, egg, inexperienced onions, and spices, folded right into a compact parcel, and griddle-fried. Served with a curry dipping sauce, it’s a Malaysian-food marvel simply ready to grow to be part of your common rotation.

Lime Tree Southeast Asian Kitchen, 450 Irving Street (at sixth Avenue); 415-665-1415.

Photo: Courtesy of @fattiestatus.

Mekong Kitchen
We’re having a factor with the garlic noodles at Mekong Kitchen within the Castro. That factor consists of consuming them straight out of the container on our means within the door as we’re beelining for the sofa to additional bury our faces of their springy, deeply savory, so-loaded-with-garlic-your-boyfriend-will-be-sorry goodness. Obsessed? Perhaps. Worth it? Definitely.

Mekong Kitchen, 4039 18th Street (close to Castro Street); 415-346-9700.

Photo: Courtesy of @caamedia.

Mario’s Bohemian Cigar Store
In addition to being one of many most interesting cafés in North Beach, Mario’s makes focaccia sandwiches which might be the hearty, melty stuff desires are made from. The olive-oil-rich inexperienced onion focaccia, baked recent at Liguria’s simply throughout Washington Square Park, is a high-quality car for any filling, however we’re a fan of tender-crisp breaded eggplant, which is generously layered with melted mozzarella cheese and recent, vibrant tomato sauce.

Mario’s Bohemian Cigar Store Cafe, 566 Columbus Ave (at Union Street); 415-362-0536.

Photo: Courtesy of @simpsioni.

Okay, Nopa isn’t precisely an affordable restaurant. But do you have to be fortunate sufficient to snag a spot at its decadent weekend brunch, you’ll be richly rewarded within the kind its fully ridiculous custard French toast, a half order of which entails a thick, butter-and-cream-drenched slice of brioche. The toppings change however virtually at all times embody seasonal fruit and, recently, honey-bourbon butter.

Nopa, 560 Divisadero Street (at Hayes Street); 415-864-8643.

Photo: Courtesy of @dyslexita.

We’ll take Indian meals nonetheless we are able to get it, however we are able to’t preserve from going again to Pakwan time and time once more. Their saag paneer particularly is completely spiced and creamy; spooned on a sizzling spherical of char-spotted naan, it’s full-flavored, budget-friendly perfection. We admire that each of its San Francisco places are BYOB, too.

Pakwan, a number of places.

Photo: Courtesy of @superspr1nkles.

Pizzeria Delfina
Okay, you possibly can’t get a full pizza and make it out beneath $10 at Pizzeria Delfina. But you can get an order of its delectably milky, fresh-stretched mozzarella, served with arugula, crostini, and buttery olive oil. Tutto bene!

Pizzeria Delfina, a number of places.

Photo: Courtesy of @eatcalifornia.

Rosamunde Sausage Grill
Whether or not we’re establishing store at Toronado subsequent door (or having fun with one of many nice beers on faucet on Mission Street), it’s onerous for us to come back inside a number of blocks of a Rosamunde with out making a cease at this veritable sausage establishment. All of its meats are tops (as is its Tuesday-only Haight Street cheeseburger), however we love the sweet-and-savory duck sausage, studded with figs and laced with brandy — it’s taken to a brand new degree when topped with grilled onions, candy peppers, and a wholesome dose of mustard.

Rosamunde Sausage Grill, a number of places.

Photo: Courtesy of @messymarvelous.

Reveille Coffee
We’d eat this salad every day if we might (and generally we do). An enormous pile of dark-green, curly kale is generously tossed with smoked-paprika-laced buttermilk-Caesar dressing, studded with creamy squares of avocado, and sprinkled with crunchy toasted pepitas. An enormous bathe of Parmesan cheese lends salt and the correct quantity of richness. Kale-haters, put together to be transformed.

Reveille Coffee Co., a number of places.

Photo: Courtesy of @brandiego.

Taqueria Cancún
San Francisco’s wealthy with tacos, however fact be informed, we’re a burrito city by way of and thru. We’re obsessive about the forearm-sized monsters at Taqueria Cancún on Mission Street, significantly crammed with al pastor, which maintains the right stability of vibrant sweetness and tangy warmth. Go for the tremendous, which is generously loaded with each pork and avocado. This might, in idea, be two meals…however no judgment if it solely lasts for one.

Taqueria Cancún, 2288 Mission Street (close to 19th Street); 415-252-9560.

Photo: Courtesy of @whatuprita.

Shanghai Dumpling King
The xiaolongbao at Shanghai Dumpling King could draw the crowds, however we discover ourselves dreaming in regards to the pan-fried pork buns on the common. The thick however tender dumpling skins develop a marvelously crisp crust from their hot-and-fast pan fry; the crunch is a good distinction to the plump, barely candy pork inside. Don’t be shy about utilizing the accompanying vinegary dipping sauce, too.

Shanghai Dumpling King, 3319 Balboa Street (between 34th and 35th avenues); 415-387-2088.

Photo: Courtesy of @sarahandsofialovefood.

The Boy’s Deli
Who says San Francisco isn’t a deli city? We’d wish to direct all naysayers to The Boy’s Deli. This Russian Hill gem has one hell of a sando menu, all of which function layers of sliced meats, cheeses, and particular sauces. Our decide is The Pepper Mill, a sandwich made from strata of pepper turkey, pepper salami, provolone, and remoulade, all piled on a Dutch crunch roll, natch.

The Boy’s Deli, 2222 Polk Street (between Green and Vallejo streets); 415-776-3099.

Photo: Courtesy of @thesweetsofsanfrancisco.

The Whole Beast
However you pronounce it, the lamb gyro from The Whole Beast is a far cry from the mystery-meat tube of Greek-style wraps previous. Melt-in-your-mouth, slow-cooked lamb-neck meat is wrapped in a heat, pliant pita, doused in harissa and yogurt, and brightened with recent cucumbers for crunch. This is a sandwich that can make a giant mess, and one which you’ll really feel nice about.

The Whole Beast, a number of places.

Photo: Courtesy of @bayareachick.

Yummy Yummy
When we’re feeling feisty, we would go for the extra-large pho xu lua at Yummy Yummy, an infinite bowl full of uncommon steak, flank meat, tendon, tripe, and beef balls. But as a rule, you’ll discover us maintaining it easy with pho tai, a surprising bowl solely that includes thinly sliced, jewel-toned uncommon steak. As lengthy because it consists of Yummy Yummy’s fantastic, richly spiced beef broth, we’re comfortable campers.

Yummy Yummy, 1015 Irving Street (between 11th and 12th avenues); 415-566-4722.

Photo: Courtesy of @tiff.

The Mill
We’ve had nearly sufficient of the $5 toast hate that’s taken the town by storm. Hear us out: Toast, at its greatest, is mainly the equal of San Francisco’s bagel. It’s filling, flavorful, and simply the form of carb bomb you should get your day going. Our favourite stars Josey Baker’s marvelous, tangy-sour nation bread lavishly unfold with freshly made almond butter, modernist squiggles of native honey, and a sprinkling of flaky salt crystals. Less than $5 for a filling breakfast of bready perfection? Yes, please.

The Mill, 736 Divisadero Street (between Grove and Fulton streets); 415-345-1953.

Photo: Courtesy of @chloelist.

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