I'm trying to wean myself off more pricey dinners to save up for a trip to France and would love suggestions for good cheap eats (under $7 total - incl. tax and tip for dinner but not drinks).
Recently, I've been to quite a number of places in the lower Haight (e.g. Two Jacks for great cornmeal crusted fried fish, Rosamunde for fat flavorful hot-off-the grill sausages, Memphis Minnie's for their nice smoky brisket and hearty fixings and Ali Baba's for pretty good falafels). Already been to many places mentioned on this broad: Shalimar, King of Thai, Truly Mediterrean, Arizmendi etc... I've also eaten at many of Chinese, Vietnamese and Thai places on Clement, up to about 20th Ave. I go to school at UCSF and have been to most of the worthwhile places within a 15-20 block radius of school (located at Parnassus near 3rd Ave). Currently, I'm down to a list of Mission tacquerias and pupusarias, but I don't want to be eating Mexican and Peruvian every other day when I'm not cooking.
I'd be very grateful to hear of your favorite great cheap places. Distance or dicey neighborhoods are not problems (in fact I'm thinking right now about fish and chips at the Edinborough Castle in the Tenderloin), so long as it's in SF.
Thank you so much in advance!