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I’m looking for cheap/lower-cost but delicious food---how’s my list?

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soccermom13 | | Jun 25, 2011 05:46 PM

We’re staying near Union Square. We won’t have a car, but we are champion public transit users and walkers. I’ve reviewed many Chowhound SF threads and assembled this list of cheap/lower-cost places to eat during the 6 days we’ll be in SF (June 30-July 5).

Questions—
1. Should any of the places on this list should be avoided?
2. Are there are glaring omissions? (We like almost all kinds of food except sushi and Burmese ---I loved the Burmese dishes we tried on our last visit but my husband most definitely did not)
3. I’d like to walk across the Golden Gate Bridge. Is there a good place to eat near the bridge?
4. If we take the ferry to Angel Island, any suggestions for food? Should we just pack a picnic of foods from Ferry Market?
5. I need some suggestions for Happy Hours with good food at good prices. The only one on my list so far is Bar Crudo.

As you can see, we don’t care about ambiance or trendiness. Taste and value are what matter to us.

Ferry Market
We’ll be there every single day of our visit. I LOVE this place. What a treasure. Some of the things we’ll eat there include: bread from Acme, fruit from Frog Hollow, Cowgirl cheese and cottage cheese dumplings and cheese stuffed pressed sandwich and savory cheese puffs, Blue Bottle coffee, 4505 hamburger and Merguez and bacon-studded hot dog and bacon maple breakfast sandwich, Boccalone meat cone, Roli Roti quarter chicken and porchetta sandwich, Il Cane Rosso-cinnamon toast for breakfast and something with pork, Cap’t. Mike’s SF style Red Lox sandwich, Primavera chalaquiles and tamales, glass of good wine from the wine bar, and whatever else looks good.

Bakeries
Tartine
Arizmendi
Egg custard at Golden Gate Bakery

Pizza (if we are in the mood for pizza)
Little Star Deep Dish

Chinese
Ton Kiang in Richmond

For lunches/dinners
Poc Chuc
Turtle Tower for pho
Inkas or Limon or Limon Rotisserie—which is best?
Pakwan

For Italian
L’Osteria Del Forno or
Ideale or
Da Flora or
Restorante Bacco in Noe Valley

For Burritos
El Farolita
La Taqueria
Papalote
Taqueria Cancun

Higher Price (by my standards) but still on my list:
Zuni Café
Cotogne
Firefly?

For Happy Hour:
Bar Crudo

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Zuni Cafe
1658 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

Inkas Restaurant
3299 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Golden Gate Bakery
1029 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

Ideale
1315 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

Bar Crudo
655 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, CA 94117

Turtle Tower Restaurant
631 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94109

La Taqueria
2889 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Ton Kiang
5821 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94121

Boccalone Factory - Not Open to Public
1924 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94606

Limon Restaurant
524 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Roli Roti
, Hayward, CA

Poc Chuc
2886 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Blue Bottle Cafe
66 Mint St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Da Flora
701 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

Taqueria Cancun
1003 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Arizmendi
1268 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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